Table of Contents

August 26, 1956

CAN THE SOVIET GIRLS BE STOPPED? 6
Determined to cart home bushels of medals from Melbourne, the Russian women may encounter a few surprises on their winning way. MARY SNOW rounds up the encouraging Olympic tune-up at Philadelphia's Nationals and elsewhere, while JUDITH FRIEDBERG sends an on-the-spot dispatch from Moscow

SPECTACLE: BIG NOISE IN DETROIT 14
Gold Cup week in the Motor City, with COLOR photographs of the hydroplanes in action by JOHN G. ZIMMERMAN, a preview by JIM ATWATER and a visitor's look at Detroit by HORACE SUTTON

AVERY BRUNDAGE ON THE SPOT 28
The philosopher in chief of the Olympics defends the new amateurism oath to JAMES MURRAY

WHERE ARE AMERICA'S MILERS? 30
A proud tradition of U.S. distance running is dying. DAVID RICHARDSON discusses the reasons why

THE GREAT STRIPED BASS MYSTERY 32
In the first of two parts, GERALD HOLLAND tells of one man's dogged search for this almost legendary fish

FUN AT THE FAMILY FAIR 50
Four COLOR pages by RICHARD MEEK of the Hambletonian's new home, the Du Quoin State Fair, with text by ALICE HIGGINS. Plus an eyewitness report on horseplay and horse shows at Dublin by CLAUD COCKBURN

THE DEPARTMENTS

•EVENTS & DISCOVERIES 19
•THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF SPORT 23
•THE OUTDOOR WEEK 36
•SCOREBOARD 37
•THE 19TH HOLE 64
•PAT ON THE BACK 68

•Hotbox: JIMMY JEMAIL asks: Do you think less of Ted Williams since the spitting episode? 5

•Column of the Week: RED SMITH draws many a sporting parallel at the Democratic convention 39

•Baseball: Simmons comes back, explains ROY TERRELL, and the Phils move upward 40

•Tip from the Top: JOE LA MACHIA points out some features of the right-hand grip 43

•Boating: MORT LUND follows the largest Olympic sailboats in a dramatic trial on Buzzards Bay 44

•Horse Racing: WHITNEY TOWER, at Saratoga, finds horses are not blue-chip investments 46

Acknowledgments on page 58

COVER: DORIS AND RUTH GISSY

Photograph by Richard Meek

Cream of a bumper crop of teen-age riders in the show ring, Doris, 14, and Ruth Gissy, 17, pose before entering the competition for more ribbons. Doris' 5-year-old chestnut mare Sugar Lump was purchased in Kentucky to replace her outgrown pony. For the story of Du Quoin Fair, one of the winning sisters' happy hunting grounds, turn to page 50.

TWO PHOTOS ILLUSTRATION

IN NEXT WEEK'S ISSUE

PREVIEW: FOREST HILLS
William F. Talbert discusses the leading contenders, and Sarah Palfrey Danzig presents a word portrait of Shirley Fry

HOW THE FOOTBALL GIANTS TRAIN
In words and his own inimitable sketches, Robert Riger shows how a top pro football team gets into shape for the season

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