24 All Those Eyes of Texas
The Longhorns spotted Oklahoma 14 points, then roared back to win and pressure mighty Ohio State for No. 1
28 Stadiums Aren't for Sleeping
Not nowadays, anyway, for hockey's incomparable Gordie Howe, who opened his 24th season in triumph
30 The Year of the Rookie
A color portfolio of some of the best pro football rookies, plus Calvin Hill's account of life with the Cowboys
40 Folk Heroes and Birds
The Mets continued to add to their legend, but Brooks Robinson and the Orioles were not all that convinced
October 19, 1969
52 Passion's Wheels
They are driven by superior weekend sports car drivers and saluted here in paintings by Ed Kasper
72 You Can't Keep a Good Jumper Down
Competing again after six operations on his broken leg, world record holder Valeri Brumel has cleared 6'9‚⅛"
84 A Life for Two Tough Texans
Bulldog Turner and Sammy Baugh look back fondly on the glory years when pro football came of age
13 TV Talk
58 College Football
72 Track & Field
80 Horse Racing
104 For the Record
105 19th Hole
Credits on page 104
Cover photograph by James Drake
Lew Alcindor tells his own story, for the first time, and Frank Deford previews the 1969-70 pro basketball season, in which Lew will help upset the old balance of power.
THE LONG SEASON ENDS. Six months and some 170 games after it began, baseball will have a new champion. A report on the high marks and low of the Met-Oriole Series.
Sportswriting isn't all a bed of roses, especially if you think Kelso played third base. Jacquin Sanders tells about his first, and hopefully last, three assignments covering sports.