MEMO from the publisher

Sept. 23, 1957
Sept. 23, 1957

Table of Contents
Sept. 23, 1957

Baseball X-Ray
News Of The Week
  • The week's news was rich with triumphs and achievements in the world of sport, on the playing fields of baseball, golf and tennis, on the race tracks and waterways and on the roaring roads of the motor sportsmen—and, if that were not enough, football was almost ready for its long-awaited rendezvous with the American fall. But no single subject provoked more discussion, speculation and indeed curbstone philosophizing up and down the autumn land than the engrossing question: Can the Milwaukee Braves blow the National League pennant again this year? The citizens of Milwaukee had the jitters (see below) and so did the citizens of St. Louis, but their moods were vastly different

Events & Discoveries
The Game
Eleven Elevens
Sport In Art
Conversation Piece
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

MEMO from the publisher

Hamilton Prieleaux Bee Maule was born in Texas and raised in Texas. His name comes from his great-grandfather, who was a Secretary of War for the Republic of Texas. Friends call him, and readers of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED know him, as—naturally—Tex.

This is an article from the Sept. 23, 1957 issue

In this issue he has written the lead article, This is the Game. When he started to earn his fortune, he didn't aim to be a football writer, a sportswriter or even a writer. Now all three with distinction, he was in his own words, "before settling down," a merchant seaman, insurance investigator, gymnastics instructor and, with the famous Codonas, a performer on the flying trapeze.

He was also an end for the football team of St. Mary's University in San Antonio. Following the war, Maule took a degree in journalism at the University of Texas—and went to work for the Dallas Morning News. Soon he accepted the offer of a job as publicity director for the Los Angeles Rams. He was with them during '49, '50 and '51, three of their most successful years. Back at the Dallas News, he successfully ran one of journalism's toughest obstacle courses, a bylined sports column seven days a week. Two of his feature articles, one on boxing, one on baseball, were chosen for the annual anthology, Best Sport Stories, in 1955 and 1956. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Football Writers Association.

In 1956 Tex Maule joined the staff of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. This fall, as last, he will write the weekly pro football roundups. As he has been for some time, he is now hard at work on the professional football PREVIEW, which comes two weeks from now, in our October 7 issue.

The cover subject of that issue will be the great Ollie Matson of the Chicago Cardinals, generally recognized as the best of the broken-field runners currently playing football. In addition, the pro PREVIEW will have a four-page color gallery of outstanding stars and, of course, authoritative and useful SCOUTING REPORTS on all the teams.

Reflecting the continuing growth of professional football, the National Football League in 1947 drew 1,837,437 paying customers, 2,551,236 a decade later in 1956. The reasons for this—the speed, efficiency and perfection of the pro game—are familiar facts to its widening audience, to Tex Maule and to the readers of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED who follow it each week during the season in these pages.