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December 24, 1956 | Volume 5, Issue 26

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 Cover - Sports Illustrated December 24, 1956

December 24, 1956 | Herman Hickman
Football fans will find enough action to last until fall in traditional year-end feuds

December 24, 1956
Sirs:I nominate as SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S Sportsman of the Year Sal Maglie, the indomitable old pro who gave us baseball's finest hour in the 1956 pennant stretch drive. Maglie, in my opinion,...

December 24, 1956
1 Lacrosse2 Baseball3 Basketball4 Golf5 Croquet6 Handball7 Stickball8 Softball9 Table tennis10 Field hockey11 Rugby12 Water polo13 Volleyball14 Outdoor polo15 Squash16 Tennis17 Soccer18 Football19...

December 24, 1956
OLD PROS OF THE EARLY BEARSThirty-six years ago one of the hottest professional football teams in the country was the Staley Bears of Decatur, Ill. That assemblage of bright young men brought...

December 24, 1956 | Ray Duncan
The Tournament of Roses, Pasadena's 67-year-old salute to the New Year, sired the Rose Bowl and started a football fashion

December 24, 1956 | Herman Hickman
Here Is your TV screen for the bowl games. Save this chart and the scouting reports following for use during the games

December 24, 1956
OREGON STATE

December 24, 1956
Blending deception and power, this reverse gives Iowa the power of single-wing blocking at the point of attack, with the deception of the flanker T formation from which it begins. The quarterback,...

December 24, 1956
TCU

December 24, 1956
Applying the most force at the point of impact, this play uses the strong side of an unbalanced line and the power of Halfback Jimmy Brown (44) in a T-formation version of the single wing's...

December 24, 1956
TENNESSEE

December 24, 1956
THREE RECEIVERS ARE PLANNED for this pass, coming after a fake to Fullback Saage (37), designed to pull defense in. The Baylor quarterback, Jones (12), slides down the line to his right, faking to...

December 24, 1956
CLEMSON

December 24, 1956
Strictly power and one of the bread-and-butter maneuvers of the single wing, this play is particularly effective for Colorado because of the tremendous power of Fullback John Bayuk. Bayuk (30)...

December 24, 1956
GEORGIA TECH

December 24, 1956
The Belly series (so named because the quarterback sticks the ball in the fullback's belly while he runs a couple of steps beside him) is the key to the Georgia Tech offense. It is effective...

December 24, 1956
THEY ALSO SERVED...

December 24, 1956 | Jimmy Jemail
PETER J. McGOVERNCommissionerLittle League baseballI'd set dead aim for the pennant. Winning baseball begins in the Little League. We have the greatest array of talent that ever appeared in the...

December 24, 1956 | Robert Creamer
Baseball's quiet season went wild as Brooklyn sent Jackie Robinson to the hated Giants

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December 24, 1956
•Seven-foot BonanzaWilt Chamberlain, Kansas' new basketball wonder and heir to Bill Russell's collegiate laurels, is already big box office in the Midwest: Iowa State's 7,800-seat armory is sold...

December 24, 1956
It has been 10 years since the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants, once the powers of pro football, reached the championship playoff. Now they meet again, and, though the cast has changed, the...

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December 24, 1956 | James Murray

December 24, 1956 | James Murray
The air is chilly and dew sparkles on the fairways as a sparse but eager gallery tramps through the morning haze after one of the Los Angeles Open's early-starting threesomes. Later in the day the...

December 24, 1956 | James Murray
1926 Harry Cooper1927 Bobby Cruickshank1928 MacDonald Smith1929 MacDonald Smith1930 Denny Shute1931 Ed Dudley1932 MacDonald Smith1933 Craig Wood1934 MacDonald Smith1935 Vic Ghezzi1936 Jimmy...

December 24, 1956
[TV]TV [COLOR TV]COLOR TV [NETWORK RADIO]NETWORK RADIO

December 24, 1956 | Babe Zaharias
Shortly before she died the unforgettable Babe wrote the following for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED on her feeling for the game she loved the best:

December 24, 1956 | Kenneth Rudeen

December 24, 1956 | Kenneth Rudeen
Ferrari 410 Superamerica (top) is the latest of Pinin Farina's creations for the swift (160 mph) touring cars from Maranello. Considered the most beautiful car at the recent Paris show, the 410...

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December 24, 1956 | Harry Phillips
This is SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S first Christmas Bonus Issue. With it our editors have tried to create an opportunity at the close of the year to wrap up in one package a number of special holiday...

December 24, 1956
Sport clothes that combine a love for Irish fabrics with Californian living are bringing fame to Designer Jane Ford

December 24, 1956
Marcel Boussac, France's cotton king who dotes on racing fast horses (Macip, Apollonia, Philius), made his hobby pay off to rich tune of $228,500 in 1956 to lead all other French owners in...

December 24, 1956
Giant victory over Eagles was largely due to a fine running attack and some crisp blocking, such as 18-yard sprint by Halfback Gifford (16) through a gaping hole opened by Fullback Triplett (33).

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FOOTBALLNew York Giants had little trouble beating Philadelphia 21-7 to win Eastern title, while Chicago Bears outroughed Detroit 38-21 to capture Western crown, setting stage for NFL playoff at...

December 24, 1956
BOATING

December 24, 1956
With this issue the editors of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED introduce the first of a new series of annual national awards for achievement—to be known as the Silver Anniversary All-America. With the...

December 24, 1956
First came the colleges with their nominations, then came the judging—and it was not an easy matter

December 24, 1956 | Jack Tibby
The first Silver Anniversary All-America award winners are outstanding survivors of a challenging, testing era

December 24, 1956 | Jack Tibby
BARRY WOOD (unanimous)Vice-president, Johns HopkinsHarvard

December 24, 1956
After they were picked by the judges, the Silver Anniversary squad of 1956 filled out a SPORTS ILLUSTRATED questionnaire. This was designed, not so much to discover "what happens to football...

December 24, 1956
A character named Joe and a coach named Tad contributed to the popular picture of the football hero—here are some retouches

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December 24, 1956 | Compiled by Mort Lund
SPOT TO SKI: MT. BAKER'Elevation 4,300 to 5,000 feet; average snowfall '50 to 75 feet; usual snow cover 25 feet; skiers last year 44,000; season November 1 to July 30

December 24, 1956
Cover—left, Jim Hosmer, Mark Kauffman, Jerry Cooke, Fred Lyon from Rapho-Guillumette, John Langley Howard; right, Homer Hill, Mark Kauffman, Herbert Orth19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 43—manikins by Stanley...

December 24, 1956
It may be wood, rubber or leather; it may bounce, fly or roll, but each is a key element in its sport

December 24, 1956 | Robert Cantwell