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35 YEARS OF COVERS
Here are a few interesting scores from 35 YEARS OF COVERS:
Charles Goren 5, Henry Aaron 3
In its banner year of 1986, eight players from Boston teams appeared on your covers: Larry Bird (twice), Wade Boggs, Roger Clemens, Kevin McHale, Oil Can Boyd, Jim Rice and Rich Gedman.
U.S. presidents (or, at least, their surnames) have been well represented on your covers. Those I spotted are: Washington (Joe), Adams (Alvan), Jefferson (John, Stanley), Monroe (Earl), Jackson (Reggie, Sonny, Chris, Bo), Tyler (Wendell), Taylor (Jim, Lawrence, Steve), Pierce (Billy, Ricky), Johnson (Charley, Gus, Alex, Rafer, Magic, Ben, Bill, Jimmy, Dennis, Ted), Grant (Darryl), Hayes (Elvin, Von, Woody), Wilson (Otis, Willie), Ford (Whitey, Phil), and Carter (Gary, Rubin, Joe, Anthony), with honorable mention to Garfield Heard and Gussie Busch.
?Yes. Los Angeles has had four pro Sportsmen—Sandy Koufax, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bob Bourne and Orel Hershiser. Pittsburgh has a different distinction, with two Sportsmen in one year: Willie Stargell and Terry Bradshaw shared the honor in 1979.—ED.
? Reagan was 76 at the time of his 1987 appearance. The oldest sports figure was Mets manager Casey Stengel, who was 73 when he shared the March 2, 1964, cover with Yogi Berra of the Yankees. If one discounts hunter John Olin, 66 (Nov. 17, 1958), bridge player Charles Goren, 58 (May 23, 1960) and several hunters and yachtsmen whose ages were not given when they appeared on our covers in the '50s, it appears that the oldest active athlete was hockey great Gordie Howe, who was 51 when he was on our Jan. 21, 1980, cover.—ED.