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THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF SPORT
July 11, 1955
SAILING DOWN UNDERAustralian yachtsmen in search of perilous sport crowd 1,640 square feet of sail on 18-foot skiffs and head out into the windswept waters of Sydney harbor. Four to six men are needed to handle and hold down the boats, which have a 34-foot mast, a batwing spinnaker on a 52-foot hollow boom and a featherweight hull of 230 pounds. Under full sail and with crews experimenting with a variety of riggings, 18-footers frequently leap out of the water or occasionally dive beneath it.
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July 11, 1955

The Wonderful World Of Sport

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SAILING DOWN UNDER
Australian yachtsmen in search of perilous sport crowd 1,640 square feet of sail on 18-foot skiffs and head out into the windswept waters of Sydney harbor. Four to six men are needed to handle and hold down the boats, which have a 34-foot mast, a batwing spinnaker on a 52-foot hollow boom and a featherweight hull of 230 pounds. Under full sail and with crews experimenting with a variety of riggings, 18-footers frequently leap out of the water or occasionally dive beneath it.

FOLLIES OF SPORT: 1955

Both baseball and golf have endured many trials while evolving from yesterday's informal pastimes into today's highly stylized sports. Just how durable they really are was again proved on two recent occasions. Near Oakland, Calif. ladies from the Castlewood Women's Golf Club, trying to recapture bygone days in a Roaring Twenties tournament (above), almost sent the game back to the shepherds. In New York, the celebrity patrons of two famed restaurants—Toots Shor's and "21"—staged a softball prologue to a Yankee-Giant exhibition for the benefit of sandlot baseball. Despite their fine intentions the exhibition quickly turned into a comedy of exhibitionism. By the time " Shor's Crumbums" took a slight decision from the " '21' Gentlemen," there was some question whether Abner Doubleday or whoever the responsible party was had done the right thing by the stick and the ball.

Mrs. F. L. Standart of the Castlewood Women's Golf Club near Oakland, Calif. wears middy blouse, sailor tie and gym bloomers as she tees off for Roaring Twenties tournament.

Rocky Graziano, who caught for Toots Shor, argues with Al Schacht of "21" before felling Schacht with a supposedly fake punch.

Eddie Arcaro, the jockey, finds a baseball harder to hit than a horse. Umpire let him keep swinging until he connected.

Mrs. Harvey Brackett tries hazard drive, her feet encased in cardboard cartons.

Mrs. Norman Miller putts with mallet. She won prize for best costume.

Robert E. Sherwood shows diamond to Phil Silvers, whose spectacles were fogged.

EVERYBODY GETS IN THE SWIM

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