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December 22, 1958 | Volume 9, Issue 25

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 Cover - Sports Illustrated December 22, 1958

December 22, 1958 | Tex Maule

December 22, 1958 | Jules Feiffer
Harold Swergcould hit a baseball farther than any man alive

December 22, 1958 | Herbert Warren Wind

December 22, 1958
BASKETBALL ISSUE: OPPORTUNISTSSirs:We are taking this opportunity to heartily congratulate you for the truly outstanding basketball edition of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (SI, Dec. 8), in which you covered...

December 22, 1958
5—U.P.I.7—A.P. (3), Niel C. Nielsen Jr., Earl Benton-Charleston Daily Mail, European, A.P.14, 19—Richard Meek20—News Chronicle, Kemsley21—Pictorial Parade, Associated Newspapers, Combine,...

December 22, 1958 | 'I bet we could beat anybody'
It is unlikely that any football team in the country closed the season with as splendid a triumph as did the squad shown above with their trophy football. They are the Rams of the Crippled...

December 22, 1958 | Herbert Warren Wind
In the old—and it was only yesterday that they ended—the man who was lucky enough to get south for a couple of weeks in winter was confronted, if he was a golfer, with an odd kind of frustration:...

December 22, 1958
A murky tale of drugged racing dogs is exposed in England and seven wailing young ladies are trotted off to jail

December 22, 1958 | Martin Kane
After four trips to the canvas a venerable but gallant Archie Moore saved his championship by knocking out French Canada's hero, Yvon Durelle, and so set a new KO record

December 22, 1958
More than 19 million fans braved storm and sleet and traffic and heat to watch their favorite college teams play football this year. The total attendance of 19,280,709 for 2,586 games represented...

December 22, 1958
Frankie Albert, family man, on resigning as head coach of the lagging San Francisco '49ers: "It got so that my wife and daughters had to run out of supermarkets; they couldn't shop without...

December 22, 1958
High on the agenda of a meeting of Big Ten collegiate track and field coaches in Chicago last week was the stark realization that nearly a score of U.S. national amateur running and swimming...

December 22, 1958
Our next issue salutes the outstanding people in sport for 1958 and especially praises the Sportsman of the Year, whose performance as athlete and man was "the revelation of pure excellence."

December 22, 1958 | Red Grange
Red Grange makes his predictions and analyses of the annual football classics, and the football staff and correspondents present their scouting reports on the contestants. On the right are the TV...

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It is a wistful and faded Hollywood trompe-l'oeil that a librarian or a schoolmarm is some beautiful doll, only the hero doesn't know about it because she wears window-glass glasses, puts her hair...

December 22, 1958 | Harry Phillips
Christmas and New Year's Day combine to close one year and start another. Spanning them in spirit and in fact, this Special Holiday Issue becomes a two-in-one edition.

December 22, 1958 | Maribel Vinson

December 22, 1958 | Maribel Vinson
In the Jan. 5 issue, Maribel Vinson takes the basic strokes and turns she has explained, adds one vital ingredient—a partner—and blends them all into the graceful art of pair skating.

December 22, 1958 | Mervin Hyman
THE SOUTH

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82-90: EXPERT72-81: TOP RANK54-71: GOOD36-53: AVERAGE

December 22, 1958
BASKETBALL—BOSTON, leader in NBA' Eastern Division standings; ST. LOUIS, leader in Western Division.

December 22, 1958 | Mary Frost Mabon
Christmas has many meanings, all of them reasons for celebration. Here is a wonderfully festive drink for holiday parties

December 22, 1958 | Gerald Holland

December 22, 1958
Charlotte Grubic, who placed only 15th in last year's World Invitational bowling tournament and was surprised by return invitation, won cliff-hanging finals to become world champion.

December 22, 1958
Prime ministers are seldom free of their countries' problems. But when Ylla, Sports Illustrated's late great animal photographer, found Pandit Nehru of India in his garden a while back, he was...

December 22, 1958
Sports Illustrated announces its annual awards for career achievement to college seniors of 25 autumns ago who won their letters in football and who, in the judgment of their colleges and of a...

December 22, 1958
First challenge was to U.S. college and university presidents to choose and endorse an athlete of 25 years ago. Then it was the task of these judges to review the citations and elect 25

December 22, 1958 | John K. Tibby
The Silver All-Americas have a notable achievement in common: that of living through the wild weather of the past 25 years with success and service to America

December 22, 1958 | John K. Tibby
Parading proudly up Tokyo Bay, Japanese fleet returns from war games which rehearsed tactics to be used against hypothetical U.S. attack. Battleship Hiyei (foreground) and distant carriers Kaga...

December 22, 1958 | John K. Tibby
KEITH METSCalifornia rancherUNIVERSITY OP ARIZONA

December 22, 1958 | John K. Tibby
Heavyweight championship went to Primo Camera (right, above) after he knocked out Boston's Jack Sharkey in the sixth. Camera, possibly one of the most put-upon fighters in history, was promised...

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December 22, 1958
In New England, when the heavy snow falls, it's good news for families: they ski en masse—and love it