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."
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.
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."
Aug. 24, 1964
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.
APPEARED: MAY 23,
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.