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LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER

Sept. 07, 1964
Sept. 07, 1964

Table of Contents
Sept. 7, 1964

Fight
Beer Money
Emerson
Pro Football 1964
Blocking
Motor Sports
Horse Racing
Baseball's Week
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Departments

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER

For eight years this magazine's—and the nation's—No. 1 writer on professional football has been Hamilton Bee (Tex) Maule. I noted here last November that Maule, in an eventful life, has been a trapeze artist, a merchant seaman and a sports columnist for The Dallas Morning News. During his association with SPORTS ILLUSTRATED pro football has itself become so eventful and has so fascinated America that we have constantly expanded our coverage of it. There is no better evidence of this than the heft and scope of this issue, in which Maule's insights and judgments are prominently put forth.

This is an article from the Sept. 7, 1964 issue

Maule is an old friend; we have a new one joining him on the pro football beat this fall. His name is Edwin (Bud) Shrake, and by coincidence he also is a Texan. By coincidence he also is a former sports columnist for The Dallas Morning News. Maule, at 6 feet 2, is big; Shrake, four inches taller and no lightweight, really fills a doorway. Maule has written novels (Jeremy Todd, Footsteps); so has Shrake (Blood Reckoning, But Not for Love). An authority on the American Football League—he broke the first story on its founding in 1960 in the Dallas limes Herald—Shrake has written the AFL scouting reports.

Another writer who figures importantly in this issue will never, I think it is safe to assume, be taken for a Texan. Early readers of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED will remember George Plimpton for his fine portrait of Harold S. Vanderbilt and for many other articles—including the horrendous experience of pitching against a team of National League all-stars. A president of The Harvard Lampoon, co-founder of the literary quarterly The Paris Review and leading spirit of a Manhattan literary salon whose visitors have included Mrs. John F. Kennedy, Plimpton has, for all that, taken several wild plunges into hazardous sport. Ernest Hemingway once gave him instruction in caping bulls and boxing and pondered his role on "the dark side of the moon of Walter Mitty." "Zero of the Lions" (see page 96) is Plimpton's tale of the time he played quarterback for Detroit and the fearful consequences thereof.

Maule and Shrake, thanks be, avoided red-doggers in their news-gathering trips to the training camps and came back unbruised. The product of their observations and interviews is in these pages. Their forecast of the outcome of this year's pro football races are below, alongside a consensus of sportswriters' predictions. "This," says Maule, "is probably the toughest year I have ever had in picking, including 1963, when the Cowboys subsided into a quivering heap after I put them first." If Maule is worried, I think I will just keep my own list in my hat.

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PHOTOTEX MAULEPHOTOBUD SHRAKE

NFL

MAULE

CONSENSUS

ST. LOUIS

ST. LOUIS

DALLAS

NEW YORK

CLEVELAND

PITTSBURGH

NEW YORK

CLEVELAND

PITTSBURGH

DALLAS

WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON

PHILADELPHIA

PHILADELPHIA

GREEN BAY

GREEN BAY

BALTIMORE

BALTIMORE

MINNESOTA

CHICAGO

CHICAGO

DETROIT

DETROIT

LOS ANGELES

SAN FRANCISCO

MINNESOTA

LOS ANGELES

SAN FRANCISCO

AFL

SHRAKE

CONSENSUS

BUFFALO

BOSTON

HOUSTON

HOUSTON

BOSTON

BUFFALO

NEW YORK

NEW YORK

KANSAS CITY

SAN DIEGO

SAN DIEGO

KANSAS CITY

OAKLAND

OAKLAND

DENVER

DENVER