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September 19, 1977 | Volume 47, Issue 12

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Ken Stabler Cover - Sports Illustrated September 19, 1977

September 19, 1977
BOXING—ALFREDO ESCALERA of Puerto Rico successfully defended his WBC junior lightweight crown for the 10th time, gaining a unanimous 15-round decision over Mexico's Sigfrido Rodriguez in San Juan.

September 19, 1977
4—Anthony Donna7—drawing by SQW12—Walter Iooss Jr.13—Co Rentmeester14—Co Rentmeester (left), Walter Iooss Jr.15—Walter Iooss Jr.16, 17—Co Rentmeester18—Tony Triolo41—George Long...

September 19, 1977
CINDY NICHOLASSCARBOROUGH, ONT.Nicholas, 20, of the University of Toronto, is the first woman to swim the English Channel both ways non-stop. Her time of 19:55 for the crossing from Dover to Cape...

September 19, 1977
THE RANKINGSSir:Notre Dame is the No. 1 college football team in the country. You picked a winner!

September 19, 1977 | Curry Kirkpatrick

September 19, 1977 | Larry Keith
The juicier ball is not explanation enough for the success Cincy's George Foster has had with his black bat. His strength and quickness may make him the second National Leaguer to have a 50-homer,...

September 19, 1977 | John Underwood

September 19, 1977
A bunch of boxing stalwarts (and not a few bums) square off in a flurry of fistic activity in widely scattered U.S. and foreign arenas, with seven titles on the line and a number of reputations at...

September 19, 1977 | Dan Jenkins

September 19, 1977 | Joe Marshall

September 19, 1977 | John A. Meyers
It has been remarked that journalism is "history on the run," but in putting together this week's pro football issue, Senior Editor Mark Mulvoy found that history couldn't seem to make up its mind...

September 19, 1977
Last year the New England Patriots turned from a 3-11 club into an 11-3 wild-card team and came within a referee's whistle of knocking off Super Bowl winner Oakland in the opening round of the...

September 19, 1977
This is the meanest, keenest, roughest, toughest division in the league. Anything can happen? Yes, the Cincinnati Bengals—after three years of frustration at the hands of the Pittsburgh...

September 19, 1977
Newness prevails in this division. A new quarterback works for a new head coach in Denver, another new signal-caller finally calls his own plays in San Diego and rookies try to flesh out the...

September 19, 1977
The measure of the Dallas Cowboys' organizational superiority is that they seem to get better when they should get worse. This year Dallas must do without Lee Roy Jordan, who retired after 14...

September 19, 1977
Barring a miracle, the world will be spared the sight of the Minnesota Vikings losing their fifth Super Bowl game next January in New Orleans. For eight of the last nine years, the Vikings have...

September 19, 1977
For the fifth straight year the Los Angeles Rams are a sure bet to win the division—but, once more, not so sure a bet to be in the Super Bowl. Indeed, judging from their 1-5 exhibition campaign,...

September 19, 1977 | William Leggett
How times do change. Four years ago the idea of putting sports on the air during television's prime-time hours elicited, at best, snickers from network programmers. Oh, they'd admit that certain...

September 19, 1977 | Edited by Robert H. Boyle
WHOOSH"Boat speed" is a term America's Cup yachtsmen have been using a lot this summer. When a sailor says this 12-meter has more "boat speed" than that one, he seems to imply something more...

September 19, 1977 | Edited by Robert H. Boyle
•Don Zimmer, Red Sox manager, asked why he arrives at Fenway Park as early as 1:30 p.m. for a 7:30 game: "I want to make sure nobody's in my uniform."

September 19, 1977 | Kent Hannon
Rat-a-tat-tat went Washington State's Throwin' Samoan and the 15th-ranked Cornhuskers were bushwhacked 19-10

September 19, 1977 | Ron Reid
MIDWEST

September 19, 1977 | Ron Reid
OFFENSE: Army Quarterback Leamon Hall passed for 310 yards and five touchdowns as the Cadets beat Massachusetts 34-10. Hall broke Army's single-game record for touchdown passes as his career...

September 19, 1977 | Herman Weiskopf
During the Yankees' surge from third to first, the heavyweight of their rotation has been 5'11", 158-pound Ron Guidry

September 19, 1977
NL EAST

September 19, 1977
CARLTON FISK: Realizing he wasn't "as strong as in May," the Boston catcher opened his stance and hit with renewed vigor: a pair of two-homer games, 18 RBIs (seven in an 11-2 rout of Toronto) and...

September 19, 1977 | Dan Jenkins
The PGA celebrated the "end" of its season by hosting the $300,000 World Series and, lest auld acquaintance be forgot, the author recalls the good times

September 19, 1977 | Robert F. Jones