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WORLD CLASS
Gene Menez
December 15, 2006
For some, FACES IN THE CROWD is a crowning achievement, but for these athletes, it was simply a stop along the way to greater things
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December 15, 2006

World Class

For some, FACES IN THE CROWD is a crowning achievement, but for these athletes, it was simply a stop along the way to greater things

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Johny Miller
GOLF

"It was totally cool," says NBC golf analyst Johnny Miller, remembering the day in 1964 when his dad, a supervisor at RCA, came home from the office with a stack of SIs featuring his son as a FACE. "One went in a scrapbook. One went in my room. I'd look at that and think, Hey, that's me!" He adds, "And I didn't look bad then."

The outspoken Miller, famous for his blond bangs and hyper swing, would win the 1973 U.S. Open—his final-round 63 at Oakmont is widely regarded as the greatest round ever shot in a major—the '76 British Open and 24 other PGA Tour events.

Miller, who retired in 1997, is especially proud, he says, to be in a group of former Faces that includes Jack Nicklaus, Nancy Lopez and Tiger Woods. "For SI to identify some Hall of Fame golfers when they were only kids," he says, "that's a pretty good stick."

ORIGINAL ENTRY: Aug. 24, 1964

John Miller
SAN FRANCISCO > GOLF
John, 17, a San Francisco high school senior who tries to play "as boldly as Arnold Palmer," shot a 68 in the qualifying round and barely missed scoring a hole in one in his final match as he won the USGA Junior Championship in Eugene, Ore.

EARVIN JOHNSON
BASKETBALL

APPEARED: MAY 23, 1977

WHAT WE SAID THEN: A 6'8½" center, Earvin averaged 28.8 points and led 27--1 Everett (Mich.) High to the Class A title. He also captained a U.S. high school team that won an all-star tournament in West Germany.

WHERE HE WENT: Magic Johnson won an NCAA title—with Michigan State in '79—an Olympic gold medal and five NBA titles with the Lakers. He was the NBA MVP three times.

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