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SPORT MOVES UNDER A BIG TOP

Jan. 11, 1965
Jan. 11, 1965

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Jan. 11, 1965

Fabulous Namath
Future Champs
The Story Of A Season: Part I
  • After a stumbling start the Baltimore Colts played like a superteam, wrapping up the National Football League's Western Division title four weeks before the championship game with Cleveland. For young Coach Don Shula (opposite, with Quarterback Johnny Unitas) it was a satisfying experience—until the Colts ran into the Browns. Here Shula recalls it all, from the exhibition season through those final 60 minutes of shock and despair

People
Little John
  • John Mecom Jr. is the man's name, and the big itch is his game. What Mecom itches to do is build the best racing cars in America, and he is daring Detroit to stop him. He also itches to turn his family's Texas ranch into a land-based Noah's Ark, stocked with live specimens of every sort of African wildlife. The U.S. Government is proving a bit sticky about this project, but Mecom (shown here in his trophy-filled command post) is certain that he ultimately will get what he is after

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

SPORT MOVES UNDER A BIG TOP

Handsome domed structures are springing up on campus like plastic mushrooms, replacing the ill-lit barns that once functioned as field houses and gymnasiums. Above: the Harvard tennis team practices in the evening under the 40-foot-high blue vinyl sky of a $250,000 dome. It has three clay courts, is in use night and day, summer and winter.

This is an article from the Jan. 11, 1965 issue Original Layout

Two translucent bubbles at the coed Forman School, Litchfield, Conn., can be rigged up for bad weather by the students in a couple of hours. They are inflated and held aloft by a pair of 1½-horsepower fans. The bubble seen at right, with the shadows of trees visible through the vinyl-coated nylon, covers an Olympic swimming pool, and the one below, a tennis court with a surface of vinyl grass stuck to an asphalt base. After 13 months' hard play (it is used for volleyball, badminton and basketball, too) it shows no signs of wear. A bubble-covered tennis court costs around $25,000, including $10,000 for the nylon fabric and portable grass at $1.20 a square foot. Forman is planning a third bubble, four times as big, to cover a 220-by-115-foot hockey rink.

Asymmetrical gymnasium building at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. is the ingenious creation of controversial Architect Minoru Yamasaki. The thin-shelled roof-called the potato-chip top by the unconverted—is reinforced concrete, and the walls are faced with beige brick (right). Vaults of poured concrete span a two-story gymnasium measuring 249 feet by 122 and, in a separate section, an indoor swimming pool with seats for 300. The gymnasium proper (shown at left with wrestling in progress) has wooden bleachers seating 1,800 and a bouncy floor, cushioned by thousands of two-inch-square rubber sponges. The bleachers fold away and there are two basketball courts. The entire structure cost $1.1 million.

Prestressed concrete has proved a magic substance in the hands of Pier Luigi Nervi, who designed the lively circular sports palaces at the Rome Olympics. His special use of the material is admirably adapted to the needs of sports stadiums and field houses. For Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, Nervi designed a rectangular field house 62 feet high and almost as big as two football fields. It has a huge dirt-floor practice area for baseball and football, separate space for lacrosse practice and golf-driving nets, a removable 11-lap board track for indoor track meets and seating for 3,500. At right: Halfback Tom Spangenberg is kicking for the ribs of Nervi's $1.5 million concrete umbrella.

SIX PHOTOSMARVIN E. NEWMAN