Don McCain

Dec. 22, 1958
Dec. 22, 1958

Table of Contents
Dec. 22, 1958

49 Yards
Puerto Rico Golf
  • Red Grange makes his predictions and analyses of the annual football classics, and the football staff and correspondents present their scouting reports on the contestants. On the right are the TV data for each game. Save them and the scouting reports for use during the games

  • Two offense-minded teams meet in finale of the lopsided series between the winners of the Big Ten and Pacific Coast Conferences

  • A small young Air Force team meets a large young Texas Christian team, and the odds, as usual, favor the side with the bigger guns

  • Big, fast LSU faces big, not-so-fast Clemson and the race, despite the parable of the tortoise and the hare, should go to the swift

  • Two plodding teams with little guile and much power will try to run over and through one another. A surprise pass might win it

  • Florida, a team which defends magnificently, meets a Mississippi team which does everything pretty well but may not score enough this time

Napier Plan
Silver All-America
Family Skiing
James Michael Curley
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

Don McCain

By 'I bet we could beat anybody'

It is unlikely that any football team in the country closed the season with as splendid a triumph as did the squad shown above with their trophy football. They are the Rams of the Crippled Children's Hospital and School of Sioux Falls, S.D., a nimble ball club which crushed a team made up of Don Miller and Jim Crowley—two of Notre Dame's legendary Four Horsemen—and four professional coaches. The now-famous passing combination of Quarterback Randy Peterson (second from left) to speedy right end Walter DeMarrias (extreme left) was in large measure responsible for the 12-6 upset. But, as they say on the sports pages, the lopsided score was not indicative of the aggressive play by the always spirited, if hopelessly outclassed, losers.

This is an article from the Dec. 22, 1958 issue Original Layout

The pro-opposition met the children on even terms: they played the game from wheelchairs and scooters, which is the only way the children can move around. The game was the idea of Don McCain, a 35-year-old educator who is the hospital-school's physical education director. McCain has organized over a dozen sports from table tennis and archery to swimming and volley ball. "Sports competitions are a fine physical and emotional experience for many of them, and it is something they can follow all their lives." The children get so caught up that they have organized their own cheering sections and their confidence runs high. "You know," said an eighth-grader after the football game, "if we did this more often I bet we could beat anybody."