Sport: Out for the Record

The Detroit Red Wings' Gordie Howe speaks softly, almost inaudibly, but he carries a big stick—the biggest in the National Hockey League. At 24, when many players are just breaking into the big time, rangy (6 ft., 190 Ibs.) Gordie Howe has been league scoring champ two years in a row, and this year he is after an unprecedented triple. Moreover, he is taking dead aim on the record for goals in one season—50—set by Montreal's Maurice ("Rocket") Richard in 1944-45. In Chicago last week, the largest hockey crowd (16,518) in three years turned out to see Wingman Howe and the...

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