April 03, 1961
April 03, 1961

Table of Contents
April 3, 1961

Ferrari Fiesta
  • It is reached each year in Augusta at the Masters tournament, which next week will celebrate its 25th anniversary. Along with the Open in June, this is one of the two pinnacles of golfing prestige in America. Here Sports Illustrated presents two aerial photographs of the Augusta National course, plus a portfolio of portraits of some of the distinguished competitors who will play in this week's event. These photographs and paintings decorate a preview of the things to expect and think about as the tournament unfolds, and detailed analyses by the players of the strengths and weaknesses of their respective games at Augusta

Horse Racing
Shannon Brown
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back


'A great way to make friends'

Whenever Chief Petty Officer Lew Lalak, assigned to the Congo on liaison duty between the U.S. Navy and the United Nations, gets a few free hours he heads for one of the villages around Leopoldville. His purpose: teaching the local kids how to play basketball. "It's a great way to make friends," says Lew, who at 5 feet 8 was too short to play high school basketball, so turned to officiating instead. Despite the fact that he knows only two or three words of their language, Lalak has had little trouble explaining the game to his enthusiastic recruits. "Once you've convinced them to pass the ball instead of kicking it," he says, "they get the hang real quickly."

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So far, Lalak's only handicap has been lack of equipment. His Congo midgets have to use a battered tire rim borrowed from the Air Force as a basket, and a soccer ball as a substitute for the real thing. "With a dozen real balls, hoops and backboards," says Lew, "we could really go places. In this place a good basketball is worth 20 guns any day."