Aerial view of 1950's automobiles parked outside Burdine Stadium (later the Miami Orange Bowl) in Miami, Florida. Fans of both Duke University (Blue Devils) and University of Oklahoma (Sooners) football teams entering the stadium at entrance gates. View at gates as tickets are checked. A fan tries on a festive hat. View of the field with marching bands on it during their show, displaying a large American flag formation. View of fans in the stadium. Some Oklahoma Sooners fans wearing cowboy hats. 1958 college football Orange Bowl game gets underway. Scenes from the game, crowd cheering, band and cheerleaders performing at half time and from sidelines.
An overview of baseball teams preparing for the 1958 season in Florida. Views of New York Yankees' camp with manager Casey Stengel running onto field, pitchers Sal Maglie and Whitey Ford warming up. A smiling Mickey Mantle (#7) hits a ball far in batting practice. Yogi Berra (#8) and Hank Bauer (#9) take their swings. Scene shifts to the Dodgers' camp; this is the first spring after the team moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. Views of pitchers Don Newcombe (#36) and Johnny Podres throwing, and players Duke Snider (#4), Gino Cimoli and Gil Hodges (#14) swinging in batting cage. Announcer notes Dodgers have big problem at catcher after Roy Campanella was put "out of service." (He was permanently paralyzed in a car accident.) Al Walker, Joe Pignatano and John Roseboro are named as his possible successors. Scene shifts to St. Louis Cardinals training camp. Announcer predicts Cardinals will be pennant contender. Views of brothers Von and Lindy McDaniel, shortstop Alvin Dark and all-time great Stan Musial. Scene then shifts to Chicago White Sox camp. Outfielder Al Smith (#9) fields a ball; Jim Rivera (#7), Nellie Fox and Smith take swings in batting cage. Action moves to Detroit Tigers camp, where pitchers Jim Bunning (#14) and Frank Lary (#17) are seen warming up. Al Kaline (#6) hits a ball in batting practice.
New land and sea speed records are set in the United States. People gather in Daytona Beach, Florida. Sir Malcolm Campbell seated in his race car 'Blue Bird'. He drives the car on Daytona beach and sets a new record driving at the speed of 272 miles per hour. People cheer. Close view of him smoking a cigarette in the car after his speed run. Speedboat racer Garfield Arthur Wood seated aboard his speedboat 'Miss America' on the St Clair River near Detroit Michigan. He races the 5000 horsepower mahogany speedboat and wins the Harmsworth Trophy. Close up view of Gar Wood smiling after his race. From a November 10, 1958 newsreel recounting events 25 years earlier.
New world speed records being set in the United States in 1933. People push race car on Daytona Beach. Sir Malcolm Campbell, a racing motorist drives his "Blue Bird" race car at Daytona Beach, Florida, setting a new speed record. Spectators stand at beach as they watch him. Campbell seated in his racing car as he smokes after the run. People stand around him. Garfield 'Gar' Arthur Wood, a racer using a racing boat named "Miss America X" sets a new world record to win Harmsworth Trophy for his speed run on the St Clair River near Detroit Michigan. View of Gar Wood smiling. From a November 10, 1958 newsreel recounting events 25 years prior.
People arrive at a roadside motel in Florida, United States. Variety of 1950's cars including Ford, Chevrolet, and others moving along a road. The automobiles pulling in to various motel driveways. A sign reads 'Motel Vacancy Air Conditioned Pool'. Parking lot of the motel with cars in it. Cars move along a highway in Florida.
Restrospective of the 1954 search for a suitable site for U.S. Air Force testing of ballistic missiles. Coastal area with ocean in the background. Officials look over charts, maps, photographs as they select the site for Vandenberg Air Force Base. In January, 1958, view of building with a sign that reads ' Headquarters, First Missile Division, Strategic Air Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base' Entrance of the headquarters as Major General David Wade walks out. U.S. Air Force officers and airmen attend missile training classes. Airmen work on assembly of Thor missiles . U.S. Air Force officers and airmen operate missile launch consoles in a launch control center. November, 1958, Thor intermediate range missile on a trailer being delivered to Vandenberg Air Force Base. Trailer backs up to the launch pad. December, 16, 1958, the Thor missile on launch pad venting gases. U.S. Air Forces officers at a launch console. The Thor missile is launched. RAF airmen watch missile in flight.