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Edited by Gay Flood
February 04, 1985
BLOOD SPORT Sir:I was appalled when I read the special report by Bjarne Rostaing and Robert Sullivan on blood doping by some members of the 1984 U.S. Olympic cycling team (Triumphs Tainted With Blood, Jan. 21). But I was even more appalled by the attitudes of team technical director Ed Burke and team manager Mike Fraysse concerning the matter.
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February 04, 1985

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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Who is Ron Killen, No. 97 in the diagram in your Super Bowl preview {Armed For An Aerial Epic, Jan. 21)? On Super Sunday, Gary (Big Hands) Johnson wore No. 97.
Los Gatos, Calif.

•SI goofed. No. 97 for the 49ers certainly is Johnson (The Niners Were Never Finer, Jan. 28). However, before Johnson joined the team—San Francisco acquired him from San Diego on Sept. 28—the number belonged to Killen, a free-agent nose tackle from Pitt who was waived during training camp.—ED.

While reading E.M. Swift's story The Kid Hasn't Missed (Jan. 7) on Washington Capitals center Bobby Carpenter, I noted the accompanying picture of the cover of your Feb. 23, 1981 issue showing Carpenter as a high school sensation. A week later, I read an article in The Houston Post about Miami Dolphin tight end Bruce Hardy, who was also on your cover as a high school athlete. The Post article said, "In 1974, Hardy became the first high school athlete to appear on the cover of [SI]. He had been named Utah's Most Valuable Player in basketball and football...and made all-state in baseball."

I thought that Lebanon, Ind.'s Rick Mount was the first high school star to be on your cover. Please set the record straight. Who was the first, and just how many have there been?
Woodlands, Texas

•Over its 30 years SI has presented a number of precollege-age athletes on its cover, among them Olympic gymnast and SI Sportswoman of the Year Mary Lou Retton, jockey Steve Cauthen, tennis prodigy Tracy Austin, miler Jim Ryun, to name a few. But only five stars of high school team sports have made the cover. The first was indeed Mount (top left) of Lebanon (Ind.) High, who was billed as the "brightest star in high school basketball" (Feb. 14, 1966). Mount was followed by Mansfield (Pa.) High's Tom McMillen, "the most heavily recruited basketball player in years" (Feb. 16, 1970); Kansas schoolboy marvel Mike Peterson of Yates Center, "the greatest athlete [baseball, basketball and football] in the history of the Hay Capital of the World" (Aug. 9, 1971); Hardy, another three-sport star, of Bingham (Utah) High (April 29, 1974); and Carpenter, of Peabody, Mass. and St. John's Prep of Danvers, Mass.—ED.

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