ROUGHEST RACE TO BERMUDA
Squalls and heavy seas along the 635-mile course made this year's 50th anniversary ocean race to Bermuda the roughest ever. But expert seamanship also made it the fastest as every speed record was smashed by boats in all classes of competition. (For Ezra Bowen's eyewitness log, see page 49)
Nina, skippered by the 68-year-old DeCoursey Fales, shortened sail against heavy southwesterly, won Class A honors on corrected time.
Bolero, 73-foot black-hulled yawl under Sven Salen of Sweden, was the first across finish line at St. David's Head, set new course record.
July 1, 1956
Elda crew member Sheldon Pitney is hauled out, along with seven others aboard, after boat hit reef and sank just north of Bermuda.
Venturer, Harry Haskell's 73-foot 3-inch yawl, largest boat built to Bermuda rule, rides 30-knot blow under reefed mainsail.
THE SACRIFICE BUNT
The full pattern of this classic play, involving all nine defensive men and the opposing baserunners, is captured here as it never can be by the darting eye of the grandstand fan or by the narrow eye of the TV camera. Here, in a Dodger-Cardinal game at Ebbets Field last week, Dodger Reese bunts toward first, advancing Gilliam, who is already halfway to second. First Baseman Musial fields ball, looks to second where Shortstop Dark covers for possible double play or forceout on Gilliam. Second Baseman Morgan moves toward first to take throw there. Third Baseman Boyer stops his charge to plate after bunt rolls toward Musial and starts back to cover third. If Catcher Smith, hustling out for bunt, continues on to back up first, Pitcher Kinder will move in to protect plate. All outfielders start in to trap possible overthrows at bases nearest them—all, that is, except Left Fielder Lockman who appears to be caught flatfooted when he should have been moving over to back up third just in case. Reese was out at first, Musial to Morgan. Gilliam, safe at second, later scored on a wild throw. If he had not been sacrificed to second, he would not have been in scoring position.