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Oct 03, 1994

'Lawdy, Lawdy, He's Great'

That's what Joe Frazier said about Muhammad Ali in this 1975 SI Classic about the Thrilla in Manila

Jun 20, 1994

No Place In the Shade

Cool Papa Bell could play with the best of them, but in this SI Classic from 1973 he tells why baseball was a bittersweet gig for Negro leaguers

Jan 03, 1977

KEEPING THE FIGHT GAME AFLOAT

The quarterfinals of Don King's U.S. Boxing Championship get a weigh this month aboard the carrier Lexington

Oct 26, 1970

HE MOVES LIKE SILK, HITS LIKE A TON

In short, Muhammad resembles the Ali of old, which means Jerry Quarry should expect to have a hard night of it in Atlanta

Feb 26, 1973

Ali in a world of his own

A routine victory over Joe Bugner failed to move the ex-champ any closer to challenging for the title

May 31, 1976

OH, TO BE YOUNG AND 200 POUNDS

With Muhammad Ali about to take his last bow, a bunch of pretenders are being groomed for a shot at the crown

Nov 29, 1971

DO YOU HEAR THAT WHISTLE DOWN THE LINE?

It brings memories highballing back to old ballplayers of times when sport moved leisurely and train travel was something to sing about

Jan 21, 1974

SCENARIO OF PRIDE—AND DECLINE

Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali try to re-create the roles they played in their dramatic first encounter three years ago. Alas, something is missing, though not the determination that has characterized both

Sep 15, 1975

'There Ain't No Others Like Me'

Up from the gutter and reaching for stars comes ex-convict Don King, cast in the flamboyant mold of P. T. Barnum and Tex Rickard

Jul 27, 1970

THE SMELL OF DEATH WAS IN THE AIR

Old Karl Wallenda walked a wire 750 feet above a rocky Georgia gorge, with every step a giant leap for his kind of man

Nov 13, 1972

IT COULD BE THE RUIN OF THEM

...or so a holy man said: If the Colosseum falls, Rome will also. Well, the old stadium is crumbling, and somebody better do something

Jul 15, 1974

RISING TO THE GRAND OLD OCCASION

As baseball warmed to the Fourth, nowhere was the action more explosive than in a beaut of a brawl between Boston and Baltimore

Mar 08, 1976

THE FACE OF PAIN

The scream of Billy Cunningham as his knee tore and his season—perhaps even his career—ended, bespoke the savage hurt that can come with sport, the pangs and throbbing and enduring ache that athletes live with, scheme against and, at times, are beaten by. The irony is, fans seldom notice...

Sep 27, 1971

The Scot was a cut or two above the challenger

Ken Buchanan held on to his world lightweight title by a razor's edge—and by some late flurries against fast-retreating Ismael Laguna

Sep 03, 1973

JAWFUL TEST ON THE MOUNTAIN

Muhammad Ali took it on the chin for real and felt no ill effects from his recent fracture. Training hard and seriously at his hillside retreat, he is still king of his clique and future champion of all he surveys

Jul 14, 1975

A TWO-RING CIRCUS

Supporting Ali-Bugner in Malaysia, Madison Square Garden brought in Carlos Monzon and Victor Galindez to defend titles

Oct 11, 1976

NOT THE GREATEST WAY TO GO

If, as Muhammad Ali maintains, his disputed victory over Ken Norton was his last fight ever, the faded image of his old skills that he left in the ring at Yankee Stadium makes his decision a wise one

Jul 17, 1972

...AND BOMBERS HIT THE RIVER

In one of the most unexpected upsets—and thrilling races—unlimited hydroplanes have known, a man who had never won before seized the President's Cup on the Potomac from the sport's last hero