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July 14, 2008
July 14, 2008

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July 14, 2008

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
SI.com
SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
WHERE THE MONEY GOES
TENNIS
U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS
SWIMMING
Ninth Annual Where Are They Now?
1958 WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
1968 WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
1978 WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
1988 WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
1998 WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
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WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Years that end in 8 have been marked by exceptional athletes and memorable moments

This is an article from the July 14, 2008 issue

68 1958: Willie Mays
The Say Hey Kid remains a baseball man at heart
BY PHIL TAYLOR

74 Richard Petty
50 years after his first race, he's still sovereign of the speedways
BY MARK BECHTEL

80 1968: Alex Karras
The fierce tackle turned actor in Paper Lion stops to smell the roses
BY RICHARD HOFFER

84 John Carlos
After Mexico City he went from pariah to hero—at a high cost
BY AUSTIN MURPHY

92 1978: Bucky Dent
Hey, Red Sox fans, isn't the wall at his baseball school familiar?
BY BEN REITER

96 Bill Rodgers
The marathon champion has fought through cancer
BY ELIZABETH MCGARR

102 1988: Jim Abbott
The one-handed Olympic pitcher inspires athletes with disabilities
BY LEE JENKINS

106 Bull Durham
Did Crash and Annie last? Would Mötley Crüe end Nuke's dream?
BY AUSTIN MURPHY

112 1998: Anna Kournikova
A decade after hijacking tennis as a brash teen, she's grown up
BY L. JON WERTHEIM

118 Robert Edwards & John Avery
The NFL first-rounders found redemption in an unlikely place
BY BEN REITER

Where Will They Be?

You don't know the names of these 15 teens just yet, but you will—and soon
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39 Big Bucks in Sports
Teams depend on smart management—financial and otherwise. SI looked at how each one spent its payroll dollars

TENNIS

50 The Spin Master
Tweaking his game for Wimbledon's grass, Rafael Nadal edged Roger Federer
By L. Jon Wertheim

TRACK AND FIELD

58 What a Country!
Led by Bernard Lagat, foreign-born runners swept the 1,500 at the U.S. trials
By Tim Layden

SWIMMING

62 What a Comeback!
Youth was served at the trials, but Dara Torres, at 41, made an epic splash
By Kelli Anderson

Departments

8 Leading Off

18 Letters

20 Players
• A writer gets his NFL kicks
• Randy Moss's hot wheels
• Matt Leinart stays in shape
• First Person: Chris Samuels

33 Faces in the Crowd

34 Just My Type by Dan Patrick
• Brett's unretirement community

144 Point After
Cool passed away last month. The cause of death was pumped fists and chest bumps
by Phil Taylor

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Cover Photograph by Simon Bruty

INSET PHOTOS (FROM LEFT): Racing One/Getty Images; Greg Foster; Walter Iooss Jr.; Todd Bigelow/Aurora; Dave Caulkin/AP; Walter Iooss Jr.; George Silk/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images; Tim Wagner/ZUMA Press Inc.

PHOTOBILL YOUNGSAN FRANCISCO TREAT In 1958, Willie Mays led the national pastime on its move to the West Coast.