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August 16, 1994 | Volume 81, Issue 7

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Eddie Mathews Cover - Sports Illustrated August 16, 1994

August 16, 1994 | Mark Mulvoy
Over the last few months friends, relatives and readers have been wondering whatever became of Steve Rushin. Well, the SI senior writer has been all over the map, from the Astrodome to the Great...

August 16, 1994 | Edited by Hank Hersch
A Payoff but No Playoff

August 16, 1994 | Edited by Hank Hersch
Artist David Barsalou has created an exhibit at the Holyoke (Mass.) Community College art gallery entitled 4,256: The Rose Garden, which consists of 4,256 identical images of Pete Rose reproduced...

August 16, 1994 | Edited by Hank Hersch
Kevin SeitzerMilwaukee Brewer infielder, after being hit in the face by a pitch from New York Yankee righthander Melido Perez: "I opened my eyes to see if I was in heaven or if I was in Milwaukee."

August 16, 1994 | Tim Rosaforte
After an eight-month battle with cancer, Paul Azinger made a dramatic return to golf at the Buick Open and showed that he is ready to defend his PGA title

August 16, 1994
To preview the rematch between heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano and Ezzard Charles, SI ran this shot from Marciano's 15-round win in June 1954.

August 16, 1994 | Jill Lieber
Quarterback Jeff George, reviled in Indianapolis, is now in Atlanta, hoping to silence his critics

August 16, 1994 | Bruce Newman

August 16, 1994 | Paul O'Neil

August 16, 1994 | Steve Rushin
ON AUGUST 16, 1954, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED PUBLISHED ITS FIRST ISSUE, AND IN THE FOUR DECADES SINCE, THE WORLD OF SPORTS HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED. THE AUTHOR TRACES THE PATH THROUGH THOSE 40 YEARS BY WAY...

August 16, 1994
History has thrown a thunderous combination. Blacks are voting in South Africa today; Richard Nixon awaits burial tonight. In the office of the president of ABC News, nine muted televisions,...

August 16, 1994
I have been reading SI for 40 years, beginning with the first issue, which I picked off the rack of a corner drugstore in Cleveland when I was 11 years old.ALBERT G. SPARROW, MEDFORD, WIS.

August 16, 1994
The Judge smoked 25 cigars a day, great tobacco-filled dirigibles that befit a man of his dimensions: the 57-inch waistline, the cuff links as big and loud as cymbals, the long Cadillac limousine...

August 16, 1994
Gary Davidson has a lot of balls: gold-and-orange-striped footballs that flew like kited checks in the World Football League, and red-white-and-blue basketballs whose pigmented leather was hard to...

August 16, 1994
"Got a pencil?" Jim Brown asks when you call to arrange a visit. "Here's what you do. Call 310-652-7***. Ask for Rockhead Johnson. He has my calendar. You two work out the date."

August 16, 1994
Frank FrigoLOUISVILLEFrigo, 32, a natural-gas trader, outplayed a field of 600 competitors, including defending champ Jes Thompsen of Denmark in the final, to win the world backgammon title in...

August 16, 1994
In a painting, there's a spot at which the parallel lines—a river or a ribbon of road—appear to converge. Artists call this the vanishing point, that place in a drawing where things seem to...

August 16, 1994 | Tim Layden

August 16, 1994 | Phil Taylor
Bull in a China Shop

August 16, 1994 | Tim Kurkjian
No Babe in the Woods

August 16, 1994 | Tim Kurkjian
Farewell to Falstaff. Twin first baseman Kent Hrbek, 34, announced on Aug. 4 that he would retire after the season. Few players have been more of an everyman than Hrbek, a couch potato who loves...

August 16, 1994 | Jimmy Jemail
This SI reprint from 1957 recalls the simpler days when only the ump called strikes