Dusty Rhodes, hero of the World Series, returned home to Rock Hill, S.C. last week and was greeted with more enthusiasm than the town has seen since the Ashley Dragoons routed 400 Union cavalrymen there during the War Between the States. Every high school band and little league ball team in York County joined the two-mile parade that reintroduced Dusty and family (above) to their old friends. When Dusty remarked, "I ain't been fishin' yet," he was hustled out to his old fishing hole (right). Then the whole family was driven down State Street to the ball park where they were loaded down with presents, and there was even some talk among the businessmen of a new baseball stadium to be called " Dusty Rhodes Field." At dusk, when Dusty finally got up to talk, there weren't many dry eyes left. "My friends," he said, "I stayed up all night trying to think of something to say today, but now I can't think of but two words. Thank you."
ALL-TIME U.S. OLYMPIANS
A parade of the greatest stars in America's star-filled Olympic history entered New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel for a banquet one night this week. They represented most of the living members of a team, 22-men strong, chosen by 3,700 sportswriters and broadcasters as the United States' all-time Olympic track and field squad.
The roster of names, from the unforgettable Jesse Owens to the nearly forgotten Louis Tewanima, served as a double reminder: 1) the Olympics have always been a showcase of American prowess, and 2) the 1956 games are drawing close.
With the Soviet Union determined to wrest Olympic domination from America, the U.S. Olympic committee can take no chances on running short of funds. A drive was launched at the banquet to raise $1,100,000 to send Americans to the 1955 Pan-American games, the 1956 Winter Olympics and to the world-watched summer games at Melbourne.
Fund drives are no problem to many teams that will compete at Melbourne. For Red athletes, the Soviet government grabs all tabs. In other nations, governments supplement private donations. But in the U.S. all the money must come from private sources.
When Oregon's football team meets U.S.C. Saturday, cups will be passed through the stands. All over the country in the coming months sports fans will be asked to contribute. America's Olympic future is in their hands.
Newsreel Cameras turned as Dusty (background) made tentative casts during home-coming celebration.
STEEPLECHASE: Horace Ashenfelter, F.B.I, man, ran away from Russian favorite in 1952 Olympics, scored upset victory that established record, won him gold medal.