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December 24, 1956

SILVER ANNIVERSARY ALL-AMERICA

25 FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF 25 YEARS AGO WIN FRESH HONORS 67
With this issue SPORTS ILLUSTRATED presents the first of a new series of annual national awards for achievement—and turns the spotlight on some of the outstanding survivors of one of the most challenging quarter centuries in U.S. history

STRIFE IS RAMPANT IN THE BOWLS 10
The football season winds up in the Rose, Cotton, Sugar, Gator and Orange bowls. SCOUTING REPORTS on all the contestants plus HICKMAN'S HUNCHES and four pages IN COLOR of the famous Tournament of Roses

THE PRO FOOTBALL PLAYOFF 41
The New York Giants and Chicago Bears renew a violent old argument. SCOUTING REPORTS on both teams

THE LOS ANGELES OPEN: THE PROS REASSEMBLE 44
James Murray describes the winter circuit opening, and MARK KAUFFMAN photographs it IN COLOR

THE POETS OF THE FENDER 52
Italy's automobile designers give the world beauty on wheels. KENNETH RUDEEN describes them, JERRY COOKE shows top cars IN COLOR, and the great Ferrari racer is revealed in a cutaway drawing

V.I.P.S BY FORD 62
An Irish lass in California, Jane Ford, has a way with rough-hewn fabrics. With two pages IN COLOR

THE BALL 86
Round or oblate, large or small, it's a centerpiece of sports. Here is a new game to play with it

A LITERARY REDISCOVERY: FIRST ARTIST OF THE WINGED WILD 92
Robert Cantwell tells the story of Alexander Wilson, the almost forgotten Scotsman who, long before Audubon, classified and painted America's amazing bird life. With a rare gallery of prints IN COLOR

...AND ALSO IN THIS ISSUE 28
A potpourri of news, from Hungary's Olympians to Ike at Augusta and Jackie Robinson, the new Giant

COVER: A CHRISTMAS BONUS
For Christmas and New Year's the editors herewith happily present a gift-wrapped package: two magazines in one. For Christmas, there is an entirely new type of football award, described on page 67. For New Year's there are the bowl games, previewed in illustrated detail. And in between there is a shower of gifts—for car lovers (page 52), bird lovers (page 92), golfers (page H) and everyone. Our next issue is dated January 7. Its highlight? See below.

Acknowledgments on page 85

THE DEPARTMENTS

•HOTBOX 3
•COMING EVENTS 5
•EVENTS & DISCOVERIES 37
•TIP FROM THE TOP 50
•SCOREBOARD 65
•SNOW PATROL 85
•THE 19TH HOLE 103
•PAT ON THE BACK 108

TWO PHOTOS

THE NEXT ISSUE: JAN. 7

THE SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR
IT WAS ROGER BANNISTER IN 1954, JOHNNY PODRES IN 1955. WHO IS THE HERO OF THIS GREAT OLYMPIC YEAR?

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)