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September 21, 1998 | Volume 89, Issue 12

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Sammy Sosa Cover - Sports Illustrated September 21, 1998

September 21, 1998 | Gary Smith
The Bossards, baseball's first family of groundskeeping, have been perfecting the tricks of their trade for three generations, creating fields that give the home team an edge.

September 21, 1998 | Rick Reilly
There's the damn doorbell and you're still in your hangover and you just know it's those annoying Jehovah's Witnesses. So you fling the door open to ask them if they'd mind coming back next...

September 21, 1998
Departments

September 21, 1998
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and CNN team up on the Internet to offer up-to-the-minute sports news and stats. For complete coverage of the home run race, sign up for our exclusive Target 61 E-mail alert at...

September 21, 1998
A Tip of The Hat to......Buccaneers defensive tackle Warren Sapp, who lost his helmet but not his desire as he went after Packer Brett Favre during Sunday's 23-15 Green Bay win (page 74).

September 21, 1998 | Bill Colson
You probably have already noticed something unusual about this week's issue: It has two covers. Here's why. When our Sept. 14 issue closed on Monday night, Sept. 7, Mark McGwire had hit 61 home...

September 21, 1998
How incredible it is to think that as three bodies lay shrouded in the stands, the race continued.—Ann Schach, West Burlington, Iowa

September 21, 1998
Letters to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED should include the name, address and home telephone number of the writer. They may be mailed to The Editor, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, Time & Life Building, New York,...

September 21, 1998 | Grant Wahl
Transferring and recruiting are poisoning high school sports

September 21, 1998 | Grant Wahl
•That the PGA Championship be moved to the fall, so the golf season not die so soon.

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4-3Score, in penalty kicks, by which U.S. women's soccer star Mia Hamm defeated Boston Red Sox shortstop and former high school standout Nomar Garciaparra in an exhibition.

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YESOn Aug. 26, Boston led Toronto by 12½ games in the American League wild-card hunt. On Monday the lead was three. Why? The Blue Jays are young and hungry with a scary one-two starting punch of...

September 21, 1998
Through Sunday Randy Johnson, who will be a free agent after this season, was 8-1 since the July 31 deal that sent him from the Seattle Mariners to the Houston Astros. Still, when the Big Unit...

September 21, 1998
They got next? They got hurt. The news last week that former Atlanta Hawks forward Christian Laettner (currently a free agent) and Olympic 100-meter champ Donovan Bailey had each ruptured an...

September 21, 1998
Agent David Falk says Michael wants to return, but fellow North Carolina alumnus Jerry Stackhouse says, "I think he's gone." Stay tuned....

September 21, 1998
Two months after being acquitted of fraud charges in New York City, Don King took a group of the jurors from his trial on an all-expenses-paid weekend jaunt to the Bahamas.

September 21, 1998
ROB DIMAIOBoston Bruins right wing, on undergoing two off-season operations on his nasal passages: "They had to take a piece of bone out of my head in order to rebuild my nose. It was kind of a...

September 21, 1998 | L. Jon Wertheim
Phyllis Freed is a sports agent—and a tough one

September 21, 1998 | L. Jon Wertheim
More than 17,000 high schools and 1,500 colleges will field athletic teams this fall, so it will be tough to keep tabs on your alma mater and its rivals. In the spirit of the season here are some...

September 21, 1998 | Jeff Pearlman
Teenage brothers Cord and Jet McCoy are riding high on the pro circuit

September 21, 1998 | L. Jon Wertheim
Until a crippling fall in '63, Brian Sternberg was the world's best pole vaulter

September 21, 1998 | Loren Mooney
These shin guards from Parker Athletic Products don't fit the mold of the typical protective device. To make them, Parker adapted fiberglass technology similar to that used to shape casts around...

September 21, 1998 | John Walters
Mal Clarke revisits Fenway Park after an absence of 81 years

September 21, 1998 | Phil Taylor
Did cash-poor Cadillac Anderson risk his NBA career for a quick score?

September 21, 1998 | Ron Fimrite
The Tennis PartnerBy Abraham Verghese HarperCollins, $25

September 21, 1998 | L. Jon Wertheim
Bidding for the Browns and Manchester United sent franchise prices soaring

September 21, 1998
Ryan Zinn, Columbus, OhioTrack and FieldZinn, 25, a heart transplant recipient, was named outstanding male athlete at the U.S. Transplant Games after sprinting to three gold medals in the men's...

September 21, 1998 | John Walters
Saturday 9/19Central Florida at PurdueThe marquee matchup today is Florida vs. Tennessee (8 p.m. on CBS), but serious fans will pounce on this chance to see multithreat quarterback Daunte...

September 21, 1998 | John Walters
Ask any ESPN anchorman for his ultimate fantasy and he'd most likely reply, "SportsCenter is based in New York, my female coworkers are smokin' babes, and the 2 a.m. show's canceled." That dream...

September 21, 1998 | Gary Smith
With a hot bat and little fanfare, Sammy Sosa served notice that the home run record is up for grabs

September 21, 1998 | Mark McGwire
In an exclusive account of his historic feat, Mark McGwire reflects on his quest for the most revered record in American sports and attempts to answer the question...

September 21, 1998 | Gary Smith
For a few brief, shining moments, the fans who retrieved Mark McGwire's monumental home run balls behaved with an unselfishness that might someday be recounted as fable.

September 21, 1998 | S.L. Price
Lindsay Davenport was head and shoulders above the crowd at the U.S. Open and, for the first time in her life, loved every minute of it

September 21, 1998 | Michael Silver
The new-look Cowboys played a lot like the old ones in a humiliating loss to the Broncos made worse by the fracture sustained by Troy Aikman

September 21, 1998 | Tim Layden
Dynamite Missouri quarterback leads his team against No. 1 Ohio State even as he grieves for his dad, a Tigers assistant who died this summer

September 21, 1998
PRO FOOTBALL

September 21, 1998 | Peter King
The sack—and defending against it—is more important than ever

September 21, 1998 | Peter King
According to Alamogordo, N.Mex., gift-shop owner John Turney, Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Deacon Jones (above) had three of the top six pass-rushing seasons in the past 40 years....

September 21, 1998 | Peter King
1. Injury Epidemic.Two weeks into the season and already 10 starting quarterbacks, including three of the game's best passers (Troy Aikman, John Elway, Brad Johnson); one of the best guards, the...

September 21, 1998
Ray Rhodes had his hands full getting the downcast Eagles up for Week 2

September 21, 1998 | Paul Zimmerman
I wonder what kind of price you could have gotten in Vegas for a parlay on Atlanta, New Orleans and San Diego all being unbeaten after two weeks. The Saints and the Falcons are in no danger of...

September 21, 1998 | Mark Bechtel
Shawn Green is leading the Blue Jays toward the promised land

September 21, 1998 | Mark Bechtel
This season millions went to the ballpark to watch Mark McGwire in his pursuit of Roger Maris's home run record. Opposing infielders and outfielders were often no more than spectators themselves,...

September 21, 1998 | Frank Deford
Suddenly, a five-game playoff seems perilously brief to Yankees fans

September 21, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
Timberrrrrrr!Emotion-charged foes felled Florida State, Michigan and Notre Dame

September 21, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
Upsets in the 1990s

September 21, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
•Florida (2-0) at Tennessee (1-0)The Gators are vulnerable. The throw-and-catch part of the Fun 'n' Gun offense is suspect, at least until sophomore quarterback Jesse Palmer starts finding his...

September 21, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
Joe Paterno

September 21, 1998 | B.J. Schecter
Virginia's hard-hitting free safety has a soft spot for his family

NICK ZIEGLER

September 21, 1998 | Kostya Kennedy
Happy DaysHis cancer in remission, John Cullen is back with the Lightning

September 21, 1998 | Pierre McGuire
With the Hurricanes' addition of star free-agent center Ron Francis, expectations are high in Carolina, putting the pressure on coach Paul Maurice. Should the Hurricanes, who have missed the...

September 21, 1998 | Pierre McGuire
COLIN CAMPBELLNHL vice president of hockey operationsThe amiable Campbell may find that coaching the Rangers, who fired him last February after 3½ seasons, is easy compared to being the league's...

September 21, 1998 | Edited by Kevin Cook
Patriot GamesClub pros got to shoot for the flag at the PGA Cup

September 21, 1998 | Edited by Kevin Cook
Should touring pros join the Tour Players Association in order to gain control of the Tour?

September 21, 1998 | Edited by Kevin Cook
Who turns to gold in the final months of the PGA Tour season, from the Greater Milwaukee Open through the Tour Championship? We came up with the Mr. Autumn of the past five years by awarding 10...

September 21, 1998 | Edited by Kevin Cook
12.7Millions of dollars Nick Faldo lost, on paper, between July 14, when his 900,000 shares of Adams Golf were worth $18.88 per share, and last Friday, when the stock fell to $4.75.

September 21, 1998
Lapping It Up: One perk for players at last week's Comfort Senior Classic was driving NASCAR race cars at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Larry Ziegler led the golfers with a lap speed of 145.7...

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What do these players have in common?

September 21, 1998 | Cameron Morfit
PGA

September 21, 1998 | Alan Shipnuck
In Canada, a challenge to the Tour's authority had the player choosing sides

September 21, 1998 | Alan Shipnuck
1998 Expenses & Payments to Players & Sponsors (In thousands—all figures projected)

September 21, 1998 | Jaime Diaz
The great thing about golf is that even the fans help keep the game honest

September 21, 1998 | John Garrity
Chris Johnson doesn't mean to be mysterious, it's just that there are some things she's determined to keep private