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14 A Happy Smoke For Houk
The Yankees' new manager permits himself a grand grin as his learn takes charge of the American League

18 When They Try to Catch the Babe
A fancy and fanciful estimate of what will happen as Maris and Mantle near the magic No. 60

22 Case of the Deadly Dean
Trotting's hallowed Hambletonian is won in world-record time by a once gimpy horse with a weird background

24 A Talent for Adversity
Undiscouraged by their 11-1 loss to the U.S., Britain's Walker Cuppers vow they will never quit

26 Beneath the Spanish Main
The life of the modern treasure diver is adventurous and sometimes rewarding, but rarely safe or simple

36 The Powerful Eyes of Binoculars
Long a necessity to sailors and racegoers, binoculars are also an advantage to spectators in arenas and stadiums

44 "It Solid Has to Click"
An unfailing optimist, Deane Beman, the U.S. amateur champion, makes big money while he wins at golf

52 Good for Deer, Bad for Ducks
A warm winter and a dry, early spring have left hunters with a bounty of game—and a shortage of waterfowl

60 A Walk on the Great Beach
John Hay explains Cape Cod's new National Seashore—a beach that runs from Chatham to Race Point

The departments

7 Scorecard
51 Charles Goren
52 Hunting
56 Horse Shows
70 Baseball's Week
73 For the Record
74 19th Hole
76 Pat on the Back

Acknowledgments on page 73

Cover photograph by James Drake
















Next week

With the first big games only a week off, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED introduces the 1961 college season in its sixth annual football issue. There will be scouting reports on 167 major and small college teams plus portraits of the year's star players, a new look at recruiting and, in color, two special features: a seven-page photographic essay of football action around the nation and a portfolio of delightful impressions of a Big Ten homecoming weekend at Michigan State by André Fran√ßois, the noted French artist.