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April 11, 1977 | Volume 46, Issue 16

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Joe Rudi Cover - Sports Illustrated April 11, 1977

April 11, 1977 | Douglas S. Looney
There has always been something disconcerting about asking for the four best tickets to a sports event and being told by a surly guy smoking a cheap cigar that he has four in the third deck behind...

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4—Jerry Cooke15—drawing by Arnold Roth26, 27—Neil Leifer28, 29—Bill Eppridge53—Tony Triolo55—John Iacono62—Tony Triolo64—John Iacono66—James Drake69—Eric Schweikardt74—Walter Iooss Jr.80—John...

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JONE SIEBER, JAKE SIEBER, ROB SIEBERCINCINNATIThe Sieber brothers, comprising the Xavier (Cincinnati) University team, beat the University of California at Davis 13-9 for their second straight...

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PRO BASKETBALL—Playoff scrambles in each conference continue. In the West, Chicago, which stumbled early in the week with losses to Philadelphia and Boston, resumed its charge toward the last...

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McGUIRESir:When Al comes marching home again, hurrah, hurrah. They'll give him a hearty welcome then, hurrah, hurrah....TOM TRKULACoraopolis, Pa.

April 11, 1977 | Edited By Robert W. Creamer
AD GAME

April 11, 1977 | Edited By Robert W. Creamer
•Dan Galbreath, owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, on the paucity of meetings among baseball owners: "I don't know of any other business where you meet your partners only twice a year."

April 11, 1977 | Walter Bingham

April 11, 1977 | Peter Gammons
It was a nine-team photo finish, but Boston's battling Bruins were the biggest winners on the wildest final Sunday in the NHL's history

April 11, 1977 | Sam Moses
In recent years Mario Andretti has been labeled a hard-luck driver. But his sleek new Lotus has proved to be on the mark, and he showed that the tag was a bum rap at the U.S. Grand Prix West

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The Old Masters have the edge at Augusta National where the young studs who have starred on the PGA tour in recent weeks are sure to be shocked by the subtle slopes and slick greens facing them in...

April 11, 1977 | Sarah Pileggi

April 11, 1977 | Ron Fimrite
Steve Swisher, a light-hitting catcher for the Cubs, had just lined one of Wayne Garland's pitches to the deepest recesses of Scottsdale Stadium, Chicago's spring training headquarters, when the...

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In the age of free agents, don't all baseball players wear three-piece suits and carry briefcases bulging with contracts in quadruplicate? Don't they all travel around with retinues of lawyers and...

April 11, 1977 | John A. Meyers
Perhaps more than in any other sport, the ghosts of baseball loom as large as the players on the field. There are fans who have never seen, say, Honus Wagner, but insist he is the greatest...

April 11, 1977 | Ron Fimrite
While shagging flies at the Tigers' Florida training camp on March 21, Mark Fidrych, baseball's most refreshing performer last year, tore cartilage in his left knee. Ten days later he underwent...

April 11, 1977 | Jim Kaplan
There is a new photograph hanging in the home team's clubhouse at Yankee Stadium. It was taken last October and shows Pete Rose in a New York cap with his thumbs pointing downward. The picture, of...

April 11, 1977 | Jim Kaplan
Why in the name of Red Ruffing would the Yankees, who already had the American League's best pitching and one of the world's biggest payrolls, shell out $2 million to sign a guy who won only 11...

April 11, 1977 | Joe Marshall
Poor Whitey Herzog. As manager of the Kansas City Royals he had a job that until recently looked like a sinecure. After all, in 1976, only the Royals' eighth season, they won their division in...

April 11, 1977 | Joe Marshall
Though his team landed the two most celebrated free agents, Jackson and Gullett, Yankee Manager Billy Martin says, "Joe Rudi is fundamentally the best player of his generation." Martin's Angel...

April 11, 1977 | Dan Levin
In spring a fisherman's fancy doesn't exactly turn to trout—chances are that trout are what he has been thinking about all winter. For thousands of anglers trapped in New York City, thoughts turn...

April 11, 1977 | Larry Keith
To the four new managers in the division, a few words of warning: old habits die hard here. So please be advised, Chuck Tanner, that Pittsburgh always does well, while Montreal, Dick Williams,...

April 11, 1977 | Larry Keith
By leaving the Phillies for a $1.6 million, five-year contract with the Expos, Dave Cash became the only important free agent in the National League East. He is a superb second baseman whose .988...

April 11, 1977 | Ron Fimrite
Invincible in the fall, when they swept through the playoffs and Series without a loss, the World Champion Cincinnati Reds seem almost vulnerable in the spring. They are getting older—are they...

April 11, 1977 | Ron Fimrite
The relief pitcher is the least predictable of players. As often as not, the rally-dousing Fireman of the Year one season becomes the arm-weary Flop of the Year the next. So when Ray Kroc, the...

April 11, 1977 | Frank Deford
These are heady days for sport in Hollywood. Rocky has become the first film about sports to win the Oscar for Best Picture. Chris Evert has worked her way to the top of Burt (There's a Broken...

April 11, 1977 | Frank Deford
Plenty. After five seasons of being whatshisname, Brian Gottfried is making a name for himself: he's won four tournaments this year and 39 of 42 matches

April 11, 1977 | Mark Donovan
What's a pretty girl like this doing on a paddle court? Cleaning up, that's what

April 11, 1977 | Robert H. Boyle
Knocked out as an NCAA sport back in 1960, boxing is getting up off the canvas with the help of some dedicated men like Al McChesney of West Chester State

April 11, 1977 | J.D. Reed
Foreign stars used to snicker at the NASL, but as the league opens its 11th season, and the renowned Pelé (above) starts his 21st and last, it now has respect

April 11, 1977 | Mark Kram

April 11, 1977 | Robert W. Creamer
Hack Wilson is not the only player who has been ignored by the Hall of Fame. There are plenty of others who should be in and aren't. These lineups—for an imaginary game between a team composed of...

April 11, 1977 | J.D. Reed
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, goes the old saw, but in sports these days it might be the most dangerous form of adulation. Last summer at a tennis tournament in the rustic hills of...

April 11, 1977 | J.D.Reed
In 1951 the country was in the midst of the Korean war and anxious to cuddle down into the Miltown-Eisenhower years. As a 10-year-old growing up in Jackson, Mich., what possessed me was not war or...