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September 19, 1994 | Volume 81, Issue 12

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September 19, 1994 | Rick Reilly
As a Caddie, Jack Nicklaus was hopeless. Caddying for his son Gary at a U.S. Open qualifying round in 1983, he miscounted the clubs in the bag. It cost Gary a four-shot penalty, and he missed the...

September 19, 1994 | Leigh Montville
You wonder why the rapid-fire film montages of the '60s almost never show Bill Russell. The music of the Beatles always is played in the background ("You say you want a rev-o-loo-tion...."), and...

September 19, 1994 | Bruce Newman
There had never been anyone quite like Howard Cosell in the American ball yard when he made his entrance into the world of sports, stoop-shouldered under the weight of a 40-pound tape recorder...

September 19, 1994 | Rick Telander
Joe Montana is a winner, and maybe we should just leave it at that. The 38-year-old quarterback, with four Super Bowl victories, two NFL MVP awards and three Super Bowl MVP awards simply keeps on...

September 19, 1994 | William F. Reed
The ultimate college football coach was a large, lumbering man with such a deep, rumbling voice that his nickname, Bear, fit him as snugly as the hounds-tooth hats he always wore pulled low over...

September 19, 1994 | Steve Wulf
He was actually a man of ordinary size, 5'11", 175 pounds. but he wielded an improbably large bat—36 ounces—and a profoundly important influence that is felt even today, some 22 years after his...

September 19, 1994 | Leigh Montville
She was 85 pounds of pigtailed detente, flipping her way into the American consciousness. The Iron Curtain parted just a bit in August and September of 1972 at the Munich Olympics, and—Hey,...

September 19, 1994 | S.L. Price
The last day tells why. February twilight, bone-cutting cold: Arthur Ashe lying still in a casket. The line of those waiting to say goodbye, 5,469 people long, uncoils down the steps of Virginia's...

September 19, 1994 | Bruce Newman
The best race drivers have a way of transforming their cars into extensions of themselves, fusing man and machine into a single organism, pistons and heart beating as one at 15,000 revolutions per...

September 19, 1994 | Richard Hoffer
You know the old saying, unemployment is the mother of invention? Well, ESPN might never have come to our living rooms—all 8,760 hours of it per year—if the New England Whalers of the World Hockey...

September 19, 1994 | Hank Hersch
It is not a long time, 27 months. Not long enough to spread the gospel of soccer to a nation that does not much care about it, to sway the doubters and charm the corporations and reconvert the...

September 19, 1994 | E.M. Swift
The great ones all bear a mark of originality, but Bobby Orr's mark on hockey, too brief in the etching, may have been the most distinctive of any player's in the past 40 years. He changed the...

September 19, 1994 | William Nack
When Sugar Ray Leonard left montreal that summer day in 1976, clutching a gold medal hard won in the Olympics, the 21-year-old champion announced the first of what would turn out to be four...

September 19, 1994 | Edited by Jack McCallum and Richard O'Brien

September 19, 1994 | Edited by Jack McCallum and Richard O'Brien
To judge by this sign, spotted beside a motorway rest stop in Manchester, England, it would seem that the British have the right idea (although we might have included basketball coaches as well)....

September 19, 1994 | Edited by Jack McCallum and Richard O'Brien
Calling the move "a phenomenon of entertainment and sports," Amateur Athletic Union president Bobby Dodd announced that his organization will relocate its headquarters from Indianapolis to Disney...

September 19, 1994 | Edited by Jack McCallum and Richard O'Brien
Brett HullThe St. Louis Blue right wing, on his ambivalence about requesting a trade: "I'll be sad to go, and I wouldn't be sad to go. It wouldn't upset me to leave St. Louis, but it would upset...

September 19, 1994 | Merrell Noden
His name itself spoke of positive change, of tinkering for the better, but the change that Jim Fixx wrought with the 1977 publication of The Complete Book of Running was revolutionary. He gave us...

September 19, 1994 | Tim Kurkjian
One night in 1980 in the Houston Astrodome, Nolan Ryan was throwing his usual unhittable heat for the Astros. It was late in the game, and the Montreal pitcher was due up at the plate. In the...

September 19, 1994 | Leigh Montville
He is a storm on the horizon as he approaches. Local weathermen should have a symbol for boxing impresario Don King, maybe a little circle with electric-shock hair sticking from the top. Warning!...

September 19, 1994 | Richard Hoffer
The free exchange of ideas is never free. As payment for his education in the strange science of arthroscopic surgery, Dr. Robert Jackson had to teach English to Dr. Masaki Watanabe. Twice a week...

September 19, 1994 | Franz Lidz
The French call Greg Lemond "Le Roi Soleil." And like Louis XIV, the American Sun King has defeated formidable European coalitions, narrowly escaped death and traveled great distances to win fame...

September 19, 1994 | Steve Rushin
"Gary Davidson," this magazine opined in 1975, "has been one of the most influential figures in the history of professional sport." Two years later an editorial in The Sporting News asked, "What...

September 19, 1994 | Alexander Wolff
His admirers flailed about, trying to nickname him, groping for a handle that best captured what it was that he brought to the game. They tried the Claw, Black Moses, Jewel, but none caught on....

September 19, 1994 | Steve Wulf

September 19, 1994 | Peter King
Advantage, Offense

September 19, 1994 | Franz Lidz
Wherein the author and two other duffers max out on minigolf

September 19, 1994 | John Walters
Hidden Talents

September 19, 1994 | John Walters
OffenseCentral Michigan running back Brian Pruitt, a senior, rushed for 274 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries in the Chippewas' 35-23 victory over UNLV.

September 19, 1994 | Robert W. Creamer
On second look, an original SI staffer sees that sports 40 years ago were very different

September 19, 1994 | Tim Layden

September 19, 1994 | Paul Zimmerman

September 19, 1994 | S.L. Price

September 19, 1994 | Mark Mulvoy
The Coffee-Stained lists curl on the radiator in David Bauer's office. They look like the Dead Sea Scrolls, page after battered page of esteemed names that could not be included in our 40 for the...

September 19, 1994 | Leigh Montville
Drug charges bloomed as China's botanically named women swimmers ruled the worlds

September 19, 1994 | Gary Smith
Welcome to this gathering of honored guests: the 40 individuals who have most significantly altered or elevated the world of sports in the last four decades

September 19, 1994 | William Nack
Behind the wheel of his Rolls-Royce, tooling north on a two-lane highway in southern Michigan, Muhammad Ali was heading home to Berrien Springs one December afternoon in 1991 when all at once he...

September 19, 1994 | Ken McAlpine
Warring gangs downshift at Big Willie Robinson's drag strip

September 19, 1994 | Jay Feldman
Regulars at a Detroit pub play a Belgian game known as featherbowling

September 19, 1994 | Candace Putnam
A virtual-reality bike machine takes you out on the open road

September 19, 1994 | Nicholas Dawidoff
Elizabeth Hawley is the woman to visit for information on the Himalaya

September 19, 1994 | Jack McCallum
Several years ago, as Michael Jordan was zipping through a suburban Chicago parking lot in his white Porsche, two speeding cars suddenly appeared in his rearview mirror. Jordan braked, and the...

September 19, 1994 | Steve Rushin
He was the Emmy-award-winning producer of a puppet show when he left NBC for ABC Sports in 1960. But Roone Arledge felt more like the Emmy itself—a gilded figure with wings, the whole world held...

September 19, 1994 | Peter King
In the summer of 1966, on the London set of "the dirty dozen," Jim Brown, the world's greatest running back and an aspiring movie actor, could be found playing touch football at lunchtime with...

September 19, 1994 | Sally Jenkins
Tennis is Billie Jean King's passion, but activism is her true game. Her 39 Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles and mixed doubles may have been, by her own standards, the least of her many...

September 19, 1994 | Ron Fimrite
Pete Rose hardly seemed the stuff of Aristotelian poetics. ordinary in appearance and demeanor, sometimes crude, occasionally even vulgar, he certainly didn't reflect the Greek ideal of the Great...

September 19, 1994 | Tom Verducci
He was a '60s radical in a shimmering blue suit. he was an outsider who dared challenge one of America's most cherished and, to his great consternation, most unwavering institutions: the game of...

September 19, 1994 | Jack McCallum
For two people so firmly linked together—in these pages and throughout NBA eternity—they sure were different. Ebony and Ivory, Left Coast and East Coast, the prince of Hollywood Showtime and the...

September 19, 1994
We Cub fans are down every year about this time. Do you have to mock us? For shame!PAUL TOEPFER, SPRINGFIELD, ILL.

September 19, 1994 | Rick Reilly
All Arnold Daniel Palmer did was save golf. all he did was bring golf to the truck drivers and the mailmen and the women trying to make three no-trump in their neighborhood bridge groups....

September 19, 1994 | E.M. Swift
He was a young lawyer from Cleveland with a passion for golf, a brilliant, creative mind and a workaholic nature. In 1960 he signed his first client, Arnold Palmer, and from that sturdy platform...

September 19, 1994 | Kenny Moore
The imperative of Carl Lewis's chosen race, the 100-meter dash, is simply the imperative of his life. A tall, long-levered man, Lewis must always take a few steps to get those knees up, those arms...

September 19, 1994 | E.M. Swift
He came into the league as an outsider, a skinny teenager with a weird number on his back, who had been playing in the upstart—and disdained—World Hockey Association. Most observers believed the...

September 19, 1994 | Peter King
Pete Rozelle had it all figured out. For 29 years he checked his ego at his office door, rolled up his sleeves and put in 11-hour days trying to cajole competitive owners and competitive players...

September 19, 1994
Sarah CyganiakMEQUON, WIS.

September 19, 1994 | Alexander Wolff
Martina Navratilova's career turned on a moment of truth. Confronted with the accusation that she had an unorthodox sexual preference—and that's what it still is in the mainstream world of sport,...

September 19, 1994 | Ron Fimrite
He seemed always to be the loneliest of men, and never more so than on the occasion of his greatest triumph. Henry Aaron had been such an unpretentious and workmanlike star that he caught the...

September 19, 1994 | Alexander Wolff
Is there any other sports figure who sits on the 20th century the way John Wooden does? The far edge of the shadow of his life reaches to 1910, when he was born on an archetypal Indiana farm:...

September 19, 1994 | William Nack
It all began unfolding like some epochal scene of a drama turned suddenly surreal, with tricks being played by the lights and shadows of the late-afternoon sun, with the solitary silhouettes of...

September 19, 1994 | Rick Telander
Once upon a time, Joe Namath had good knees, he was fast and elusive, and he could dunk a basketball two-handed. Of course, he could always throw a football, much like a great fighter whipping a...

September 19, 1994 | Richard Hoffer
The vast swards of synthetics, the acrylic acres, the polyester parks we play in—these were spun off from a technology that was meant, in the beginning at least, to serve the fitness needs of...