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December 26, 1983 | Volume 59, Issue 27

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Mary Decker Cover - Sports Illustrated December 26, 1983

December 26, 1983 | William Oscar Johnson

December 26, 1983 | Edited by Jerry Kirshenbaum

December 26, 1983 | Edited by Jerry Kirshenbaum
•Del Crandall, Seattle Mariner manager, referring to the club's newly acquired second baseman: "The only thing standing between Jack Perconte and an outstanding major league career is performance."

December 26, 1983 | Schuyler Bishop
This true story was told to the author by a friend some years ago.

December 26, 1983
2, 3—Peter Read Miller (left), Nancy Moran/Sygma (top right), Heinz Kluetmeier11—Illustration by Sam Q. Weissman21—Daniel Grogan (inset top right)22, 23—Jerry Wachter (bottom left), Jacqueline...

December 26, 1983 | Compiled by IVAN MAISEL
PRO BASKETBALL—In the numbers game of the season, the Pistons sneaked by the Nuggets 186-184 in triple overtime in Denver. There were 251 shots, 142 baskets, 32 tie scores and 19 lead changes, and...

December 26, 1983
KANDA THE GREATDALLASKanda, 1, a 20-pound lowland gorilla, ran up a 35-34-1 record against the point spread in picking 1983 NFL games. His predictions, aped by bettors across the country, ended...

December 26, 1983 | Edited by Gay Flood
BORRR-ING NFLSir:My congratulations to Paul Zimmerman! When I read his article (Pete, the Way They Play Today Stinks, Dec. 12), I realized why I've been losing interest in NFL football over the...

December 26, 1983 | Bruce Newman

December 26, 1983 | Franz Lidz
With moves worthy of a cartoon character, bantamweight champ Jeff Chandler beat Oscar Muniz

December 26, 1983 | Paul Zimmerman

December 26, 1983 | Paul Zimmerman

December 26, 1983 | Kenny Moore
What a glorious conceit it is to pick a Sportsman of the Year. Can anyone really study the ranks of different champions and record setters and know who did best? Are not victorious golfers,...

December 26, 1983 | John Underwood

December 26, 1983
Every athlete is made in training, but because we tend to dwell on events it's the outcome of the contest that we see and not the arduous preparation. Before stepping into the public arena, the...

December 26, 1983 | Bruce Newman
I had arrived at the hotel room of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar one day last spring eager to talk to him about basketball and whatever else was on his mind, but when the door opened and he invited me in, I...

December 26, 1983 | William Taaffe
Here are the best and the worst that TV sports had to offer in 1983

December 26, 1983 | Franz Lidz
Football games are often lost not by inches but by feet. Cold feet. So when Benny Ricardo of Minnesota beat Green Bay in overtime with a 32-yard field goal into the wind on a damp, chilly day in...

December 26, 1983 | Clive Gammon

December 26, 1983 | Alexander Wolff
USC downed the Lady Bulldogs of Georgia in a battle of unbeatens

December 26, 1983 | Roger Jackson

December 26, 1983 | Roger Jackson
CHERYL MILLER: The sophomore forward scored 31 points on 13 of 17 shooting from the field, got six rebounds and had three assists to lead the USC Women of Troy to an 82-74 win over Georgia.