Sept. 23, 1968
Sept. 23, 1968

Table of Contents
Sept. 23, 1968

A Rouser
Triumph And Tragedy
Show Biz Denny
  • Until he stepped on the mound, you couldn't tell the man from the celebrities. Then Denny McLain began to pitch, and baseball had its first 30-game winner since 1934, when Diz became an American original

  • Nobody really won—Jimmy Ellis lost ground in his fight for public acceptance, Floyd Patterson saw a fine effort wasted, the Swedes were melancholy about it all and the draft dodgers Just kept smoking

Van Breda Kolff
Horse Racing
Pro Football
Bobby Jones
Baseball's Week
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over


"I have," says Illustrator Arnold Roth, "a son who digs drag racing." Which explains, as well as anything, how Daddy happened to go to the drag strips. He soon discovered, as only Roth does, his own wild, new scene of color, sights and sounds. All that vroom, vroom, vroom set off the satirist in Roth (he has already destroyed football and done in baseball). Now, if the sport feels it can stand this sort of thing, here is Roth at the races.

This is an article from the Sept. 23, 1968 issue Original Layout

Esthetics (says Roth) are important: anything that stands still is painted, decaled and waxed. It is an Uffizi Gallery with chrome and hair.

Dragging men and their machines blend into one personality as they crouch at the straightaway, ready for a noisy run to fame and glory.

As the machines rev up—and they are forever revving up—the roar of power rises throughout the land so vividly that one can (well, Roth can) see it. At left, a rail drag driver shows how to overshoot the chute.

This is the American drag dream—the bad guys have lost, and the good guy kavooms off into the sunset with glory, trophies and the prettiest girl race fan in the tightest pants.