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MEMO FROM THE PUBLISHER

June 11, 1956
June 11, 1956

Table of Contents
June 11, 1956

American League
  • So says SI Correspondent James Murray, emboldened by the booming bats of the Nationals in a week of 132 home runs. The formulator of Murray's Law, which sees baseball history as a series of recurrent cycles, Murray is no junior circuit upstart but a deadly serious fan who (in the days before his current disenchantment) named his oldest son for Ted Williams. Fan Murray is fully prepared to defend his stand all summer long, if need be, against all serious dissenters. His only request is that all letter writers include, as prima-facie evidence of their true qualifications and earnestness of purpose, either the used stub of a big league admission ticket or the tuning knob of their TV set

Spectacle
Events & Discoveries
The Wonderful World Of Sport
Preview
Indianapolis "500"
Tennis
Horse Racing
Baseball
Nature
The Outdoor Week
Boxing
Horses
Acknowledgments
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

MEMO FROM THE PUBLISHER

One of the traditional attractions of baseball is the way statistics can tell the story, and one of the attractive traditions of fishing is the temptation to tell the story without them.

This is an article from the June 11, 1956 issue

But the statistical truth never hurt a good fishing story, and it generally makes a good baseball story even better. I happen to mention this because we've been receiving considerable mail about two of SI's statistical newcomers, in baseball the X-RAY (see page 50), in fishing the FISH BOX, which tell in the least possible space some of the most noteworthy developments of the week in both sports.

X-Ray and Fish Box, of course, represent news, but more than that they represent the kind of service feature which is a regular weekly part of SI. Other examples are SNOW PATROL and FISHERMAN'S CALENDAR; SCOREBOARD, a panoramic review of the week past; and COMING EVENTS, a look over the horizon at the week to come—all of them departments which are also statistical in the sense that they provide facts without commentary.

Among further instances this year of statistical information in SI, which you would be unlikely to find elsewhere, are the charts of the results at Cortina (SI, Feb. 13), at Sebring (April 2), of the Mille Miglia (May 7) and at Cumberland (May 28). X-RAY provides not only team standings, batting and pitching leaders, but beyond that some unique statistical variations: the 10 leading run producers, when runs scored are added to runs batted in; the "goats," a disconsolate array of regulars who are bringing up the rear in five categories; and the rookies, a happier array of standouts who head the parade of tenderfeet.

First of all, SI is a reporter and interpreter of the wonderful world of sport through the best possible writing and photography, by experts whose critical judgment of their subject is an essential quality of their story. But whenever statistics can tell a story by themselves, or cast revealing light on a story that is told, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED will add them up, subtract, multiply and divide—and double check.

ILLUSTRATIONRBIs
HOMERS
AVERAGE
team leaders
.286
.312
the rookies
errors
hits
runs produced
teammates batted in
walks
won 9
lost 6
ILLUSTRATIONYOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY!!
LENGTH? IT'S BIGGER THAN BOTH OF US, WEIGHS ?? lbs.