Sport: Local Boy

Until young Bob Mathias (rhymes with defy us) came along, the folks in Tulare, Calif, (pop. 12,000) never had much to shout about.* When Bob became Olympic decathlon champ at 17, they let off a roar heard all over the county, gave him a noisy welcome when he came home from London. Last week, at a cost of $40,000, Tulare played host to the 1949 A.A.U. decathlon meet just so townspeople could watch Bob defend his title.

With the eyes of Tulare upon him (plus the extra pressure of knowing he had to win after all the fuss on his account), 18-year-old...

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