a new setting for sport
Twenty-two sports cars left mid- Manhattan a week ago Thursday and, flags flying, headed for the Cross County Shopping Center in Yonkers—and the fourth of the Sports Festivals SPORTS ILLUSTRATED has presented this summer.
Led by Racing Drivers Paul O'Shea and John Fitch, the caravan carried 33 sports stars to an entirely new setting for sports clinics and exhibitions in the New York area: Cross County's pennant-draped 71 acres, where 70 retailers serve 750,000 people in southern Westchester County.
What happened there, as I think you can see on the following pages, was a remarkable new expression of the excitement, drama, and importance of sport in American living today.
Night and Day performances in two sports arenas were major attractions at Cross County Sports Festival. (Above Olympic Medal Winner Bob Clotworthy dives into a specially constructed pool—below, comedy diver Frank Campisi warms up for the afternoon show.)
Thirty-three sports stars, their names a permanent part of the best tradition of American sport* headed the bill at Cross County.
Overhead, 65-foot banners proclaimed the events. Windows were filled with posters, walls covered with pennants. Tens of thousands of enthusiastic spectators overflowed the two sports arenas at the 14 shows, jammed autograph parties, clinics and special demonstrations.
Ann Marston, 19-year-old national woman's precision archery champion exhibits the form that launched a thousand bull's-eyes.
George Mikan, "Mr. Basketball" himself, looms above the crowd in a demonstration of basket skill.
Always the sport stars glitter....