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April 20, 1981 | Volume 54, Issue 17

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Tom Watson Cover - Sports Illustrated April 20, 1981

April 20, 1981 | Lowell Cohn
A wash of gray covered the land, and the lines of mountain and desert were still vague. Inside the lodge people were sipping coffee. It was 5:30 a.m. and The Balloon Ranch was slowly coming to...

April 20, 1981 | Kenny Moore
Once when I was working in an office in Washington, D.C., our tall, blonde attorney asked me up to her apartment at noon. She looked like Catherine Deneuve, except her eyes were sea green instead...

April 20, 1981 | Giles Tippette
When I was growing up in the late 1940s, people in small towns in Texas and other parts of the South didn't have quite as many diversions as they do today. There were not as many TV sets; the...

April 20, 1981
4—Mark Perlstein34-36—Paul Kennedy37—George Tiedemann38—Paul Kennedy (top), George Tiedemann39—George Tiedemann49—Tom Williamson50—Manny Millan51—Steve Goldstein52—Ray Fisher59—Carl...

April 20, 1981 | Compiled by N. BROOKS CLARK
PRO BASKETBALL—With four straight victories over Chicago, by scores of 121-109, 106-97, 113-107 and 109-103, Boston swept its best-of-seven NBA quarterfinal series. Philadelphia and Milwaukee...

April 20, 1981
TOM VANIDESTINEBANGOR, MAINEVanidestine, a sophomore outfielder for the University of Maine, hit five consecutive doubles in a 15-9 loss to Miami to set an NCAA Division I record. The previous...

April 20, 1981 | Edited by Gay Flood
THE COLLEGE GAMESir:It was a delight to see you devote three straight cover stories to college basketball (March 23 et seq.). I'm glad the sport is getting the publicity it so much deserves. The...

April 20, 1981 | Michael Baughman
The wilderness. The backcountry. The out-of-doors. It has long been an American notion that we need to go back to nature at least occasionally to renew ourselves, to restore health or even sanity....

April 20, 1981 | Ken Emerson
As Boswell tells it, Samuel Johnson, after he had finally dispatched the last page of his famous dictionary, asked the messenger who had conveyed them to his impatient, long-waiting publisher,...

April 20, 1981 | Edited By Jerry Kirshenbaum

April 20, 1981 | Edited By Jerry Kirshenbaum
•Larry Cole, newly retired Dallas Cowboy defensive tackle, asked about the 11-year hiatus between his third and fourth NFL touchdowns: "Anyone can have an off decade."

April 20, 1981
Master Horseman LeRoy Jolley, who trained the surprise winner of last year's Kentucky Derby, the filly Genuine Risk, returns with the favorite to win the 107th run for the Roses, Cure the Blues....

April 20, 1981 | Dan Jenkins

April 20, 1981 | Philip G. Howlett
Western author and adventurer Giles Tippette, whose rueful musings on the donkey baseball games of his youth appear in this week's issue (NOSTALGIA, page 10), has a bigger-than-life reputation....

April 20, 1981 | E.M. Swift
Paced by Wayne Gretzky, the Oilers beat the Canadiens every which way in a three-game sweep

April 20, 1981 | Jim Kaplan

April 20, 1981 | Jack McCallum

April 20, 1981 | Walter Bingham

April 20, 1981 | J.D. Reed

April 20, 1981 | Mike DelNagro
A few years ago hockey announcer Dan Kelly of KMOX radio in St. Louis invited listeners to write in for free NHL schedules. The response all but floored him. "We got requests from 46 different...

April 20, 1981 | Sandy Treadwell
Umpire Eric Gregg, once the butt of fat jokes, has taken off 106 pounds

April 20, 1981 | Herm Weiskopf

April 20, 1981 | Herm Weiskopf
FERNANDO VALENZUELA: The 20-year-old rookie Dodger lefthander became the youngest Opening Day starting pitcher since Catfish Hunter in 1966, and went the route to defeat the Astros 2-0 with a...

April 20, 1981 | Demmie Stathoplos
The Short Course Championships were a showcase for versatile Tracy Caulkins

April 20, 1981 | Bruce Newman
Star guards Otis Birdsong and Phil Ford were on the sidelines because of injuries, but lowly Kansas City kept the faith and drove to a 3-1 playoff lead over Phoenix

April 20, 1981 | Bob Ottum