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April 02, 1984 | Volume 60, Issue 14

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Yogi Berra Cover - Sports Illustrated April 02, 1984

April 02, 1984 | Bill Brubaker
Hot scoop: Under a stormy tropical sky at Havana's Pedro Marrero Stadium, Cuba dominated the 1983 Track and Field Championships of the Sports Committee for the Friendly Armies by winning 26...

April 02, 1984
2,3—Paul Bereswill4—Lane Stewart (top), Robert Bachman13—Illustration by Sam Q. Weissman14—Ron Galella18, 19, 20—Jerry Wachter21, 22—Peter Read Miller23—Rich Clarkson (middle), Richard Mackson...

April 02, 1984 | Compiled by JOY DUCKETT CAIN
COLLEGE BASKETBALL—FORT HAYS STATE (Kan.) defeated Wisconsin-Stevens Point 48-46 in overtime to win the NAIA title in Kansas City, Mo.

April 02, 1984
FREDDIE JOHNSONJACKSONVILLEJohnson, a junior at Hampton Institute, ran the 60-yard dash in 6.08 at the NAIA indoor track and field championships in Kansas City. It was the fastest 60 in NAIA...

April 02, 1984 | Edited by Gay Flood
HOYA TACTICSSir:If one were to believe Curry Kirkpatrick's story on Georgetown basketball (Hang On to Your Hats...and Heads, March 19), Cap Weinberger should scrap the MX missile and deploy John...

April 02, 1984 | Edited by Franz Lidz
LET'S MAKE A DEAL

April 02, 1984 | Edited by Franz Lidz
•Aaron Pryor, former WBA junior welterweight champ, on his return to the ring: "I wasn't retired. I was resting."

April 02, 1984 | Bruce Newman
With a major upset, the Cavaliers got as far in the NCAAs without Sampson as they ever did with him

April 02, 1984 | Curry Kirkpatrick
John Thompson said the problem with the NCAA tournament was the "time between games." He said his Georgetown players could find "nothing to do." He said that's why they were "climbing the walls."...

April 02, 1984 | Jack McCallum
The Midwest Regional at the Arena in St. Louis began as the Ray Meyer Sentimental Journey and ended up as the Akeem Abdul Olajuwon In-Your-Face Invitational. Houston had just enough Akeem to win...

April 02, 1984 | Alexander Wolff
When the Mideast Regional final was over last Saturday afternoon, Illinois coach Lou Henson wanted to know only one thing: "Did the last basket count?" He was referring to a meaningless tap at the...

April 02, 1984 | Bruce Anderson
If precedent prevails, Baltimore won't win the World Series again, but that's just one of many "sure things" about the new season

April 02, 1984 | Ron Fimrite

April 02, 1984 | Robert L. Miller
Jane Bachman, our chief of reporters, is well acquainted with the figure on this week's cover. As a child growing up in Wellesley, Mass., she papered her bedroom walls with photographs of New York...

April 02, 1984 | Bruce Anderson
To the victors belong the spoils. Oriole catcher Rick Dempsey received a Pontiac Trans Am as World Series MVP, played golf in Hawaii and dined at the White House. Shortstop Cal Ripken (see page...

April 02, 1984 | Jim Kaplan
A Canadian TV interviewer approached Blue Jay pitching coach Al Widmar one day in spring training. "We'd like you to do an interview," said the reporter. "And then we'll do it in French. Then...

April 02, 1984 | Ivan Maisel
"They called me Wonder Boy and all that other garbage," Rene Lachemann says. "Let's see what kind of manager I am." After being fired by Seattle on June 25, Lachemann was flooded with various job...

April 02, 1984 | Jim Kaplan
At first glance the Tigers look too good to be true. Jack Morris (20-13) is throwing three effective pitches (fastball, forkball, slider) for the first time, and Dan Petry (19-11) is developing a...

April 02, 1984 | Bruce Anderson
The short relief job is a glamorous one with the Yankees, having been filled for the past dozen years by Sparky Lyle and Rich Gossage. But with Gossage now in San Diego, who better to thrust into...

April 02, 1984 | Jim Kaplan
Mike Easler is regal enough to play Othello and talented enough to play a featured role in the annual Red Sox drama.

April 02, 1984 | Ivan Maisel
As big a failure as Wile E. Coyote in recent years, the Indians are going to make like roadrunners in 1984. "Speed is constant," general manager Phil Seghi says. "Speed doesn't go into slumps." As...

April 02, 1984 | Steve Wulf
The White Sox, who used "winning ugly" as their rallying cry last year, actually won quite handsomely—by 20 games over Kansas City. So a face-lift was hardly needed. But this team isn't above...

April 02, 1984 | Ron Fimrite
The A's suffered through last season with four significant weak spots—first base, second base, DH and short relief. In a flurry of off-season maneuvering they've filled those problem areas, filled...

April 02, 1984 | Bruce Anderson
"It doesn't take a very bright person," says Ranger general manager Joe Klein, "to realize that when you lead the league in pitching and you lead the league in defense, but you still finish eight...

April 02, 1984 | Ron Fimrite
Angels pitcher Frank LaCorte, angry and frustrated with himself, fielded a ground ball near the mound, took several steps toward first base and then unloaded a fastball to his own startled first...

April 02, 1984 | Steve Wulf
On and off the field, this is a critical year for the Twins. They can terminate their lease on the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome at the end of this season if they don't draw 2.4 million fans, the...

April 02, 1984 | Jim Kaplan
The Royals are down but not out. No team with such talents as third baseman George Brett, second baseman Frank White, designated hitter Hal McRae and reliever Dan Quisenberry—not to mention...

April 02, 1984 | Ivan Maisel
The promise of the Mariners' 76-86 finish in 1982 dissipated quickly last season amid early-season failures (the team lost 20 of its first 30 games) and management squabbles (manager Rene...

April 02, 1984 | Michael Oriard
Thinking back, I must have been about 10 because Dizzy Dean was still making baseball games sound like stories by Mark Twain. I was too young to care that Ol' Diz might be corrupting my English or...

April 02, 1984 | Bruce Anderson
When Montreal's Terry Francona walked into a late-February team get-together at Houlihan's, a watering hole in West Palm Beach, Expo president John McHale pulled him aside and said, "I can't tell...

April 02, 1984 | Steve Wulf
The Pirates, once baseball's most feared hitters, have shifted their strength to pitching. Or as third baseman Bill Madlock says, "The Lumber Company is now the Toothpick Factory."

April 02, 1984 | Steve Wulf
Upon throwing a home-run ball, a pitcher should remain calm, paw the dirt a couple of times, take a deep breath and prepare to face the next batter. "It's very important to throw a strike, to let...

April 02, 1984 | Steve Wulf
Pete and Joe and Tony are gone now, but the spirits of the old Red Guard still haunt the Phillie clubhouse, which seems oddly quiet these days. In their place are Len Matuszek, Juan Samuel and...

April 02, 1984 | Steve Wulf
Who made the last out in the 1969 World Series, tied Rogers Hornsby's record for most home runs in a season by a second baseman (42), set the record for the most pinch-hit grand-slam homers in a...

April 02, 1984 | Ron Fimrite
The way manager Jim Frey looks at it, he and third-base coach Don Zimmer will be "double-dating for the first time in 35 years." Frey and Zimmer do go back a ways. They began playing ball together...

April 02, 1984 | Bruce Anderson
A fan approached Carlos Diaz at Dodgertown last month, wanting to take his photograph. "Are you the new Dodger pitcher?" the fan asked. "That's what they say in the papers," Diaz answered. The...

April 02, 1984 | Ivan Maisel
San Diego minor league pitching coach Tom House, all 5'9", 160 pounds of him, surveyed the formidable Padre pair of reliever Rich Gossage (6'3", 215) and catcher Terry Kennedy (6'4", 220) and...

April 02, 1984 | Bruce Anderson
During the off-season, Atlanta lost a pitcher it had always had, a pitcher it never had and a pitcher who became famous by getting lost. The Braves released veteran knuckleballer Phil Niekro,...

April 02, 1984 | Jim Kaplan
Enos Cabell is a good guy in the clubhouse. Just ask the Detroit Tigers, his most recent employers. "He was the mouth of the club," says second baseman Lou Whitaker. "He pumped everybody up." Ask...

April 02, 1984 | Ron Fimrite
"Yessir, I've sure had an interesting career," said Al Oliver, brushing a fleck of dust from his new San Francisco Giants uniform. "My wife is writing a book about our lives together. I lost both...

April 02, 1984 | Jim Kaplan
Oh, did Reds fans cheer when rightfielder Dave Parker and third baseman Nick Esasky came to bat in spring training. Esasky (6'3", 200 pounds) and Parker (6'5", 230) are important symbols to an...

April 02, 1984 | Steve Wulf

April 02, 1984 | Steve Wulf
All umps would be safe from critics if they followed the National League's nine rules of deportment

April 02, 1984 | William Taaffe
Free TV for baseball is declining, and pay TV is significantly on the rise

April 02, 1984 | Jeremiah Tax
The only thing wrong with this baseball novel is its insipid, misleading title. Otherwise The Greatest Slump of All Time, by David Carkeet (Harper & Row, $14.95), is a beauty—a funny, raunchy,...

April 02, 1984 | Craig Neff
Carlos Lopes, 37, and Maricica Puica, 33, regained their world titles

April 02, 1984 | Roy Blount Jr.