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April 12, 1976 | Volume 44, Issue 15

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Joe Morgan Cover - Sports Illustrated April 12, 1976

April 12, 1976 | Jonathan Yardley
Ringgold Wilmer Lardner died in September 1933. He was 48 years old. Tuberculosis, heart trouble and alcoholism killed him. His funeral was private. The grief was not.

April 12, 1976
PRO BASKETBALL—Going into the final days, second and third places in the Atlantic Division were up for grabs between Philadelphia and Buffalo. In a head-to-head meeting, the 76ers came from behind...

April 12, 1976
23—Jerry Cooke, Tony Triolo (2)24—Manny Millan26, 27—George Long, Hank deLespinasse28, 29—John Iacono30—Ken Regan-Camera 538—Walter Iooss Jr46, 48—drawings by Arnold Roth52, 53—Heinz Kluetmeier...

April 12, 1976
Cedric Oliver paced Hamilton College to its first basketball title ever, the ECAC Up-state Regional Tournament for Divisions II and III at Utica, N.Y. A freshman, Oliver set a school single-season...

April 12, 1976 | Edited by Gay Flood
HIDDEN GOLDSir:My compliments to Curry Kirkpatrick for introducing the Denver Nuggets to us (They Run and They Gun—and They're a Mile High, March 29). It's hard to believe that in this day and age...

April 12, 1976 | Martha Smilgis
In The Bad News Bears, Walter Matthau plays Morris Buttermaker, an alcoholic who keeps himself one step above the gutter by working as a swimming pool-maintenance man. Once a pitcher for a Giants'...

April 12, 1976 | Roy Blount Jr.
When some people write books they get literary prizes, academic appointments, invitations to smart parties, notes of approbation from major cultural figures of the time. I got a beer commercial.

April 12, 1976 | Edited by Robert W. Creamer
KAPP AND ANDY

April 12, 1976 | Edited by Robert W. Creamer
•Steve Smith, record-breaking professional pole vaulter: "I never did like team sports because of the coaches. In individual sports they coach you to develop specific skills, but in team sports...

April 12, 1976 | William Leggett
A 3-year-old with intimations of greatness took another big stride toward the Roses in the Florida Derby

April 12, 1976 | Jerry Kirshenbaum
Based on performances at the AAU indoor championships, America's women swimmers better pick up on the beat set by Shirley Babashoff if they hope to catch the East Germans at Montreal

April 12, 1976 | Joe Jares
Three teams, two playoff spots—and the Suns, SuperSonics and Lakers had to spend the last days of the season battling to see who got left out

April 12, 1976 | Douglas S. Looney
While Warren Gamaliel Harding fans shuddered, the nation's best platform tennis players set up their stage at hallowed Forest Hills

April 12, 1976 | Dan Jenkins

April 12, 1976 | Ron Fimrite
Though players and owners do not concur on much these days, they seem to be coming to an agreement that the fan is the man—and the woman—of the hour

April 12, 1976 | Jim Kaplan
It is the numbers that are beautiful on the balloons surrounding Fred Lynn (right) and Jim Rice (page 44). As Boston rookies last season, they took off early—by May 1 they had a combined .311...

April 12, 1976 | Jim Kaplan
BEST ROOKIE SINCE TED WILLIAMS

April 12, 1976 | Jim Kaplan
SECOND IN ROOKIE OF THE YEAR VOTE THIRD IN MVP

April 12, 1976 | Mark Mulvoy
This spring's In phrase among American League East managers concerns that ancient malady that tends to affect the young and successful in sports—the sophomore jinx. Their interest in the...

April 12, 1976 | Ron Fimrite
As manager of the A's, Chuck Tanner at last may have found a focus for his Panglossian view of life. Tanner is a man who sees the best in everything and everyone, including Dick Allen, whom he...

April 12, 1976
Jack's jackets, the green ones, number five, and at the Masters this week the mighty Nicklaus goes for six. Johnny Miller and Tom Weiskopf would settle for one. Dan Jenkins stands watch.

April 12, 1976 | Mark Mulvoy

April 12, 1976 | Ron Reid
With 108 victories and a world championship last season, the Reds left themselves a tough act to follow. But neither a pitching staff allegedly short on depth nor the prospect of marked...

April 12, 1976 | Jim Kaplan
In Philadelphia they are advertising a patriotic pennant, with bumper stickers reading THE STAR-SPANGLED PHILLIES, a red-white-and-blue media guide and plans for an Opening Day gala featuring the...

April 12, 1976 | Jay Cronley

April 12, 1976 | William Leggett
Except for music and news, radio stations fill more air time with major league baseball than with any other subject, which may come as something of a surprise to avid radio listeners. How can...

April 12, 1976 | J. D. Reed
That was Boston's experience in the final weeks of a long season

April 12, 1976 | William Oscar Johnson
French exile Henry Duvillard is now excelling on the U.S. pro circuit

April 12, 1976 | Anita Verschoth
A host of elfin European teen-age girls, led by 86-pound Nadia Comaneci, are revolutionizing the sport with backward doubles and double twists

April 12, 1976 | Ron Fimrite

April 12, 1976 | Mark Donovan
Conversation overheard in the gallery during the first round of the eighth annual U.S. Open Darts Championship: