20 It Was Murder
After his defeat three weeks ago, Secretariat was shot down by character assassins, but he had his revenge in the Derby
This is an article from the May 14, 1973 issue
24 Putting a Swifty Past Chicago
Speed was the key to Montreal's Stanley Cup assault as the Canadiens belabored the Black Hawks
26 An Angel Who Makes Turnstiles Sing
The pulling power of strikeout pitchers is demonstrated by California's Nolan Ryan, the team's top ticket
28 A New Game All Down the Line
The U.S. basketball team, playing racehorse style for a change, beat the Russians, who were running too
36 On Your Mark, Get Set, Sell
Mark Spitz has seven golds, $5 million in endorsements and a beautiful bride, but his image needs regilding
48 King of the Thunderboats
Hardly a model daredevil, Bill Muncey eats fudge sundaes and has a low pain threshold
92 Way Down Upon the Yellow Water
This canoe trip was not high adventure, but for dilettantes that's the way the chocolate cookies crumble
78 Pro Basketball
109 For the Record
110 19th Hole
Credits on page 109
Cover photograph by Heinz Kluetmeier
To front court moves the battle of the sexes as Margaret Court meets the challenge tossed out by Bobby Riggs. Will crafty Bobby conquer? Or will it be a Ms. match?
Before the 500 comes the magic 200, the record speed predicted as the hottest cars in history show their stuff. Robert F. Jones will report on the run for the pole at Indianapolis.
Making a pitch for cricket, novelist John Fowles tells why the game has much in common with baseball—including speed, guts and a terrifying version of stick-it-in-his-ear.