WHAT WE SAID
THEN: Prefontaine, 18, ran to a U.S. high school record of 8:41.5 for the
two-mile, then set Oregon's state record of 4:06.9 for the mile.
WHERE HE WENT: At
the University of Oregon, Prefontaine won the 5,000-meter championship four
years in a row and won the cross-country championship three times. When he died
in a car accident in 1975, he held eight U.S. records.
Billie Jean King
never read her press clippings. "My dad wouldn't let me," she says.
"My brother was a major league player [Randy Moffitt pitched in the majors
for 12 years], and my parents didn't want us to get big heads. My dad would
say, 'You know, what you're reading is about yesterday. What you do today is
what matters.'" Still, when King became a Face even her dad took a
What came next
was a 22-year career during which King won 38 more Grand Slam titles in
singles, doubles and mixed doubles, including 20 Wimbledon championships. She
also fought for equality in her sport, beating Bobby Riggs in a match watched
by 50 million prime-time viewers. Today, she remains active in the Women's
Sports Foundation, which she founded, and while King still avoids most of her
clippings, she continues to check in with FACES. "I try to get a sense of
what young people are going to be like," she says. "That may be their
crowning glory, or it might just be the beginning. Who knows?"
July 17, 1961
LONG BEACH, CALIF. > TENNIS
Billie Jean Moffitt of Long Beach, Calif., combined with Karen Hantze from
Chula Vista, Calif., to form an unseeded doubles team in Wimbledon tennis, and
won the women's title by beating Margaret Smith and Jan Lehane of Australia
WHAT WE SAID
THEN: Bill, a 6'10½" senior at Helix High in La Mesa, Calif., was named the
MVP of the Covina Tournament after he scored a record 50 points and grabbed a
record 34 rebounds.