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April 04, 1983 | Volume 58, Issue 14

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Gary Carter Cover - Sports Illustrated April 04, 1983

April 04, 1983 | Jack Falla
Early-season losers Wisconsin and Coach Jeff Sauer are now champs

April 04, 1983 | Gary Smith
<i>Calvin Griffith of the Twins is a throwback to an era when owners owned and players played. But times have changed.</i>

April 04, 1983 | Sam Rafal
April 9, 1965 was a very special date: That day the Milwaukee—soon to be Atlanta—Braves played the Detroit Tigers in an exhibition game that was the first event ever staged at Atlanta's Fulton...

April 04, 1983 | Robert Sullivan
This is the story of an event that didn't happen. But that isn't to say this is an uneventful story. There were events all right, several of them, and dramatic ones, too, having to do with courage...

April 04, 1983 | Armen Keteyian
The sport of championship croquet has always been played in the moneyed locales of Palm Beach, Bermuda and the Hamptons; it generally has been a passion of the privileged, a byword of the...

April 04, 1983
4—Lane Stewart19—Illustration by Sam Q. Weissman24-27—Jerry Wachter28—Manny Millan29—George Tiedemann30—Manny Millan31—Peter Read Miller32—Andy Hayt33—Richard Mackson36—Barton Silverman (right)42,...

April 04, 1983
GREG ZAFFNORWOOD, MASS.Zaff, a Williams College junior, is believed to be the first player in four years to have been named an All-America in both squash and tennis (Division III). He recently...

April 04, 1983 | Compiled by ARMEN KETEYIAN
PRO BASKETBALL—The April 2 NBA strike appeared almost inevitable when, after two days of promising negotiations, talks between players and management broke off on March 24, after less than half an...

April 04, 1983
DOWN ON THE FARMSSir:I'd like to thank you for the story of and by Bobby Mitchell ("And You Dream About Tomorrow," March 21). For many years I have dreamed about playing one professional sport or...

April 04, 1983 | Edited by Robert W. Creamer

April 04, 1983 | Edited by Robert W. Creamer
•Joe Forte, basketball official working an NCAA West Regional game, to reporters when a press table phone rang just as he was running past: "If that's my wife, tell her I'm not here."

April 04, 1983 | Douglas S. Looney
Astounding Georgia won the NCAA East Regional with big upsets of St. John's and North Carolina

April 04, 1983 | Curry Kirkpatrick
Was it the 24-year gap between games that did it? Or the fussin' and feud-in' proximity of neighbors who live barely 75 miles apart, as the bluegrass grows? Or the importance of the occasion—the...

April 04, 1983 | Jack McCallum
Ralph Sampson spent much of the final game of his college career watching rainbows. Missing again was the pot of gold he'd been seeking for four years. These rainbows arced from the uncannily...

April 04, 1983 | Alexander Wolff
They've won 25 straight and have pummeled opponents by an average of 18 points a game, the very margin by which they whipped Villanova, 89-71, in the Midwest Regional final on Sunday. So who but...

April 04, 1983 | Barry McDermott

April 04, 1983 | Philip G. Howlett
On the wall next to her kitchen phone in Wilmington, Del., Jean Smith has a scribble board listing the names and telephone numbers of her nine children. About halfway down, between Sue's and...

April 04, 1983 | Jim Kaplan

April 04, 1983 | Ron Fimrite

April 04, 1983 | Ivan Maisel
At Rickwood Field, home of the University of Alabama in Birmingham baseball team, the players were limbering up and UAB Coach Harry Walker, who can teach hitting and bump gums with the best of...

April 04, 1983 | Bruce Anderson
The catcalls began immediately after Dodger First Baseman Greg Brock booted a routine grounder in the second inning of an exhibition game with Montreal. They were heard again two innings later...

April 04, 1983 | Ivan Maisel
The man they call Trader Jack allowed himself a moment of self-satisfaction. "If you look back at what we had," San Diego General Manager Jack McKeon was saying, "we've made so much improvement in...

April 04, 1983 | Ron Fimrite
"A long time ago," says 30-year-old Mike Krukow, "I learned that roles are not given, they're earned." Maybe so, but the Giants have certainly handed Krukow a big part for 1983. They traded their...

April 04, 1983 | Bruce Anderson
After the Braves won their first divisional title in 13 years and set a home-attendance record of 1.8 million, owner Ted Turner opened his coffers to fortify the club. Nonetheless, Atlanta will be...

April 04, 1983 | Jim Kaplan
Let's face it, all the title Big Red Machine ever meant was hitting. Rose, Morgan, Bench, Perez, Foster: Boom! No wonder the Reds never got off the ground last year, when they relied on pitching...

April 04, 1983 | Jim Kaplan
Three seasons after they nearly parlayed speed, pitching and defense into a World Series berth, the Houston Astros have now been reduced to gambling and dreaming.

April 04, 1983 | Steve Wulf
Over the winter Whitey Herzog, manager of the world champions, hit the Rockies for skiing, the Ozarks for fishing, Japan to promote a brand of beer and the ever-treacherous Banquet Trail (it...

April 04, 1983 | Bruce Anderson
Bill Virdon walked the Expo training camp in West Palm Beach this spring, fungo bat in hand, observing and instructing. He spoke measuredly, almost blandly, his eyes gazing attentively from behind...

April 04, 1983 | Steve Wulf
They had already traded five players for him, so when Rightfielder Von Hayes requested No. 9 as his uniform number, the Phillies were eager to accommodate him. Manager Pat Corrales, who already...

April 04, 1983 | Steve Wulf
He was the first player in the Pirate clubhouse every morning. He'd run a mile and then spend half an hour on a stationary bicycle. He worked as hard as any of his teammates, and if fitness and...

April 04, 1983 | Ron Fimrite
Ron Cey wants it understood that he is not just another former Dodger infielder running around looking odd in somebody else's uniform. "I feel terrific," says Cey in Cub pinstripes. "This is a new...

April 04, 1983 | Steve Wulf
On opening day at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Tom Seaver smiled impishly when the color guard from the local Marine Corps battalion appeared in the Mets dugout before their game with the...

April 04, 1983 | Steve Wulf
The pace was slow in Fort Myers, Fla., where the Royals train. The big news in camp came on March 1, the day DH Hal McRae reported. The new contract McRae signed last fall provides a bonus for...

April 04, 1983 | Jim Kaplan
After the '82 season, when his own leftfielder, Steve Kemp, and Seattle Pitcher Floyd Bannister became free agents, Manager Tony LaRussa was asked which one he'd prefer.

April 04, 1983 | Ivan Maisel
John McNamara is a soothing fellow, the perfect analgesic for a California team that emerged from the American League playoffs with its players' psyches battered and World Series hopes shattered....

April 04, 1983 | Ron Fimrite
Not long after the A's fired Billy Martin last fall, they issued a statement listing the qualifications they sought in a new manager. Among these were "a strong personal self-discipline, patience,...

April 04, 1983 | Jim Kaplan
The ever-rebuilding Twins may finally be getting better. After a horrible 16-54 start in 1982, Minnesota won 44 of its last 92 games to suggest it might be a competitive big league team after all....

April 04, 1983 | Ron Fimrite
The Mariners have lately taken to running a mission for lost souls—and with better results on the average than most establishments of this sort can claim. Last year they rescued Al Cowens from the...

April 04, 1983 | Bruce Anderson
Manager Doug Rader was giving special instruction to two young in-fielders last month at the Ranger camp in Pompano Beach, Fla. A four-time Gold Glove third baseman in the early 1970s, Rader...

April 04, 1983 | Bruce Anderson
Outside Miami Stadium this spring, a simple hand-painted wooden sign marked a prominent vacancy in the reserved parking lot. The sign said Earl. With Earl Weaver up in the broadcasting booth, Joe...

April 04, 1983 | Jim Kaplan
Reliever Dave Rozema was pedaling an exercise bike and trading insults with Infielder Enos Cabell one afternoon at the Tigers' Lakeland, Fla. training camp.

April 04, 1983 | Ron Fimrite
Cecil Cooper was ruminating one fine spring day in Arizona on his persistent anonymity. "Maybe it's my fault for picking the wrong years to do well," he said with the merest suggestion of irony....

April 04, 1983 | Bruce Anderson
On a warm South Florida morning last month, a man hiding middle-aged spread under a blue sweat suit jogged in the outfield at Fort Lauderdale's Yankee Stadium. Mickey Lolich making a comeback? No....

April 04, 1983 | Steve Wulf
Interesting team, these Red Sox. Two of the owners, Buddy Le-Roux and Jean Yawkey, can't stand the sight of one another. Their best player, Rightfielder Dwight Evans, goes in for contract talks...

April 04, 1983 | Jim Kaplan
In 1982 the Blue Jays became downright respectable. They won more games (78) and finished higher (tied for sixth) than they had in their previous five years of existence. Perhaps most encouraging...

April 04, 1983 | Ivan Maisel
Three interstate highways dissect the city of Cleveland, but not, as some thought last season, Cleveland Stadium. Indians Chief Scout Dan Carnevale was quoted as saying, "We had a hole at second...

April 04, 1983 | Henry Hecht

April 04, 1983 | William Taaffe
When NBC paired Joe Garagiola with Vin Scully, Tony Kubek got the thumb

April 04, 1983 | William Leggett
A race backed by a bourbon company is giving little Latonia a big name