Spectacle and spectacular are words inherent in sport. The spectacular takes many forms. At opposite extremes there are:
1) The vast arena where countless thousands come together to share the sight of the completed pass or the knockout punch or the photo-finish.
2) The solitary individual, the man alone with his sail in the Gulf Stream, the man alone with his hunting dog in the piny wood.
For the man alone, all nature becomes his private vision, his unique communion. Of a sudden, in the piny wood, the quiet symphony of ordered peace flares into drama; 20 quail whirl up and about the lonely man and streak like brown lightning through the autumn twilight; his heart pounds and his eyes remember ever after that kaleidoscopic universe in the piny wood.
In 52 weeks SPECTACLE will bring outstanding instances both of the tensely congregated scene and of the lonely vision. These extremes only illustrate the breadth of SPECTACLE'S assignment. SPECTACLE has many tasks to do. It has a technical task: to show, for example, exactly how a pitcher pitches; to freeze a fish in the arc of Us leap. These are sights which the human mind may sense but which the human eye itself cannot see.
The pleasant scenery of sport, the congregations of sportsmen, the drama, the emotions, the history-making instants, the wonder and the beauty of sport—for all of this SPECTACLE has a perpetual hunting license to become itself an outstanding weekly event in the calendar of sport.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S photographers, those pictured on this page and others, made good use of this hunting license.
Panorama in blue catches the climactic moment of a collegiate sporting classic as Yale's crew leads Harvard down a flag-draped lane of horn-tooting spectator yachts.
Catlike leaps of jai alai players are frozen in a study of agility and grace.
Jungle portrait of an African tusker, trouble by the ton, was taken by the late, incomparable Ylla.