Dusty Rhodes, hero of the World Series, returned home to Rock Hill, S.C. last week and was greeted with more enthusiasm than the town has seen since the Ashley Dragoons routed 400 Union cavalrymen there during the War Between the States. Every high school band and little league ball team in York County joined the two-mile parade that reintroduced Dusty and family (above) to their old friends. When Dusty remarked, "I ain't been fishin' yet," he was hustled out to his old fishing hole (right). Then the whole family was driven down State Street to the ball park where they were loaded down with presents, and there was even some talk among the businessmen of a new baseball stadium to be called "Dusty Rhodes Field." At dusk, when Dusty finally got up to talk, there weren't many dry eyes left. "My friends," he said, "I stayed up all night trying to think of something to say today, but now I can't think of but two words. Thank you."
ALL-TIME U.S. OLYMPIANS
A parade of the greatest stars in America's star-filled Olympic history entered New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel for a banquet one night this week. They represented most of the living members of a team, 22-men strong, chosen by 3,700 sportswriters and broadcasters as the United States' all-time Olympic track and field squad.
The roster of names, from the unforgettable Jesse Owens to the nearly forgotten Louis Tewanima, served as a double reminder: 1) the Olympics have always been a showcase of American prowess, and 2) the 1956 games are drawing close.
With the Soviet Union determined to wrest Olympic domination from America, the U.S. Olympic committee can take no chances on running short of funds. A drive was launched at the banquet to raise $1,100,000 to send Americans to the 1955 Pan-American games, the 1956 Winter Olympics and to the world-watched summer games at Melbourne.
Fund drives are no problem to many teams that will compete at Melbourne. For Red athletes, the Soviet government grabs all tabs. In other nations, governments supplement private donations. But in the U.S. all the money must come from private sources.
When Oregon's football team meets U.S.C. Saturday, cups will be passed through the stands. All over the country in the coming months sports fans will be asked to contribute. America's Olympic future is in their hands.
Newsreel Cameras turned as Dusty (background) made tentative casts during home-coming celebration.
STEEPLECHASE: Horace Ashenfelter, F.B.I, man, ran away from Russian favorite in 1952 Olympics, scored upset victory that established record, won him gold medal.
BROAD JUMP: Jesse Owens won four gold medals at 1936 Olympics, setting broad-jump record that still stands, winning 100-and 200-meter runs and running anchor leg on record relay team.
100 METERS: Eddie Tolan won Century in 1932, set record that still stands, finished 1st in 200-meter run.
200 METERS: Mel Patton, California collegian, won in London games of 1948, sparked winning relay team.
400 METERS: BillCarr, of Penn, stunned track world with record mark of 46.2 in Los Angeles games of 1932.
1,500 METERS: Mel Sheppard, died in 1942, won 800, 1,500 in 1908 and finished 2nd in 800 in 1912.
5,000 METERS: Ralph Hill ran great race in 1932, but lost by foot in disputed finish with Finn Lehtinen.
10,000 METERS: Louis Tewanima, Hopi Indian now living on Arizona reservation, won silver medal for 2nd in 1912.
MARATHON: Johnny Hayes won in London, 1908 when front-running Dorando of Italy collapsed upon track.
110-M. HURDLES: Harrison Dillard, now publicist for Cleveland Indians, won 100 m. in '48, hurdles in '52.
400-M. HURDLES: Charley Moore, top quarter-miler, ran the hurdles in 1952, won gold medal, set record.
10,000-METER WALK: Joe Pear-man was U.S. walk champion at 3 and 7 miles, won silver medal in 1920 Olympics.
50,000-METER WALK: Ernest Crosbie won A.A.U. Walk title in 1936, kept walking, was 12th in '48 games.
HIGH JUMP: Walter Davis, played college basketball, set Olympic jump record, later world mark of 6 ft. 11½ in.
POLE VAULT: Bob Richards, minister and all-round track athlete, vaulted 14 ft. 11¼ in. for mark in 1952.
DISCUS THROW: Sim Iness surprised in 1952 with toss of 180 ft. 6½ in. for Olympic record and gold medal.
HAMMER THROW: John Flanagan won gold medal in Paris, 1900, St. Louis, '04, London, '08, died in Ireland in '38.
JAVELIN THROW: Cy Young, never National champion, set Olympic record with his winning heave in 1952.
SHOT PUT: Parry O'Brien, first man to put shot 60. ft., set Olympic record of 57 ft. 1½ in. in 1952.
HOP, STEP & JUMP: Myer Prinstein, who won in 1900 and 1904, was only man ever to take this title twice.
800 METERS: Mai Whitfield won in both 1948 and 1952, each time was clocked in the Olympic record time of 1:49.2.
DECATHLON: Bob Mathias was schoolboy when he won in 1948, grew up, set Olympic record in 1952.
Dauntless Coed Betty Richert of San Jose State led line of yelling, swirling cheerleaders during football game with the University of California at Berkeley. Girls rushed to the sidelines often to urge their team to hold back the powerful California running attack. As it turned out, however, Betty and her friends put on a far better performance than the players on the field, who managed to lose the game by the discouraging score of 45-0.
Winning driver Stirling Moss (seated in car) chatted with runner-up Mike Hawthorn after winning Grand Prix race at Aintree, England. Moss pushed Italian Maserati at 85.43 mph clip to take first place, but auto manufacturers were most impressed by showing of Hawthorn's newly designed Vanderwall Special, British hope for future Grand Prix.
Marching freshmen at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. trouped past Paradise Pond on way to Freshmen Day rowing exhibition. Ceremony was part of welcoming program put on by Smith Athletic Association to help new arrivals pick the sports they will follow during school year.
Straining Wrestler Yoshibayama (Lucky Leaves Mountain) won sumo match by hefting 380-pound rival Matsunobori (The Rising Pine) out of ring during championships in Tokyo. Foot outside rope automatically disqualified Matsunobori according to strict sumo code which demands contestants stay entirely within ring during match. Bouts begin with rivals bowing to each other—sometimes for 15 minutes-before simultaneous charges which usually end contest within few seconds.
Winning Jockey Rae Johnstone and mount Sica Boy posed for admirers after finishing first in Arc de Triomphe Stake, climactic feature of French racing season. Johnstone, veteran rider from Australia, held back Sica Boy during early going, then drove him through fine stretch run to win by one length.
TWENTY NINE PHOTOS