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WONDERFUL WORLD OF SPORT

Aug. 26, 1957
Aug. 26, 1957

Table of Contents
Aug. 26, 1957

From The Flyways
The Braves
Events & Discoveries
Wonderful World Of Sport
Fred Hutchinson
Sea Of Beauty
Preview
Part II: The Little League
  • By Kenneth Rudeen

    Concluding a nationwide survey of Little League problems, Sports Illustrated presents the arguments, pro and con, and THE VERDICT

Tip From The Top
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

WONDERFUL WORLD OF SPORT

CHAMP GOES WEST

This is an article from the Aug. 26, 1957 issue Original Layout

When Gene Tunney hired an airplane to fly him from his training camp at Stroudsburg, Pa. to the first Jack Dempsey fight at Philadelphia (distance 70 miles) it was the great wonder of the day. "Foolhardy," everyone said. When Floyd Patterson crossed the country by train for his fight with Pete Rademacher in Seattle (distance: 3,170 miles) it was also a great wonder. "Why didn't he fly?" everyone asked. The reason is that Cus D'Amato, his manager, does not consider that the airplane has been perfected yet and, until it is, he does not consider it safe for heavyweight champions and their managers.

The long train ride began on a Friday night in New York aboard the Twentieth Century Limited and ended the following Monday morning in Seattle. Patterson made no attempt to train on the Century's overnight run to Chicago, but during the six-hour layover in Chicago he loosened up with a long walk. Aboard the Empire Builder for Seattle, he suffered a disappointment. He had expected to work out in the baggage car, but the conductor was unwilling to risk responsibility for what might happen to the champion in a swaying baggage car. Patterson had to make do with an hour or so of workout in his bedroom. When the Great Northern tracks were picked up at St. Paul, another conductor took charge and Patterson was given the use of a combination car devoted to baggage and crew's quarters, including showers, for his rope skipping, calisthenics and shadowboxing.

At Seattle, Patterson was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd, interviewed and then whisked to his training camp at Star Lake. That afternoon he boxed four rounds, seemed rather less sharp than he usually is and remarked that the long train ride had left him stiff. At that, he arrived in better shape than Gene Tunney after his precedent-making Stroudsburg-Philadelphia flight. He was airsick all the way.

MICHIGAN GOES OUT AND UP FOR FITNESS

While most Americans lolled languidly in the August heat, a fitness fever sweeping over Michigan erupted into two Junior Olympic festivals. One week-long event began with an 82-mile relay from Port Huron to Flint. Eighty men and boys in towns along the route passed on the identical torch used in last winter's Olympic Games, until it reached still-active sexagenarian Roy Hagerman (below). The 225-event Flint Junior Olympics, sponsored by Michigan's Mott Foundation and the AAU, drew 1,500 participants and 1,700 spectators, a high ratio of active to passive sportsmen.

At Detroit's Belle Isle 2,000 boys under 17 ran, jumped, tugged and chinned during one of the largest single programs of its kind in the country. Shane MacCarthy, Eisenhower's chief spokesman for fitness, kept fit hopping between Flint and Detroit bearing Ike's salute to an active Michigan.

THREE PHOTOSART SHAYCROSSING ILLINOIS, PATTERSON TRIES CALISTHENICS IN HIS PULLMAN, LATER WAS GLAD TO GET USE OF THE TRAIN'S BAGGAGE CAR. AS GREAT NORTHERN'S "EMPIRE BUILDER" HUSTLES ALONG AT CLOSE TO 80 MPH, THE CHAMPION SKIPS ROPE AND SHADOWBOXESPHOTOART SHAYBIG BREAKFAST GETS APPRECIATIVE WELCOME FROM FLOYDPHOTOART SHAYSTATION CROWD AND CHAMP EXCHANGE WAVES AT WHITEFISH, MONT.PHOTOGYMNASTS EARNESTINE RUSSEL AND ED GAGNIER SHOW THE BEAUTY OF BEING FITPHOTOHAGERMAN AT 65 BEARS TORCH ON LAST LAPPHOTOGRIMACING DETROIT BOYS AT BELLE ISLE CONVINCINGLY DEMONSTRATE THE UPS AND DOWNS OF KEEPING FIT ON A CHINNING BARPHOTOPLAY LEADER FRANK SMITH URGES ON HIS DETROIT DISTRICT FIVE TEAM IN SEMIFINALS OF TUG OF WAR THEY LOST TO DISTRICT SIX