18 The Gary Player Expo
On a funny course by the Irish Sea, the little mystic knocked a hole in the wind to win the British Open
22 Judged in the World's Court
And found wanting at San Juan was the U.S. basketball team, which was demolished by the Russians
24 Ball That Glitters May Be Gold
Drawing surprisingly big crowds to its opening games, the World Football League promises investors a good return
26 The Orange Clockwork Stops
In the World Cup final, Holland scored quickly but her attack ran down and West Germany wound up winning
July 21, 1974
32 One If on Land, Two Ifs on Sea
The iffy-ness of designing a 12-meter is proved again by Mariner, left ashore as America's Cup trials resume
38 A Nice Place to Visit
That's how Lou Brock feels about first base—merely a stopping-off point in his run for the base-stealing record
66 The Louisiana Purchase
What has sport wrought? What has the state bought? A look at the $163 million Superdome makes one wonder
55 Harness Racing
60 Horse Racing
85 For the Record
86 19th Hole
Credits on page 86
Cover photograph by Heinz Kluetmeier
Without reservation, the Indians find winning wondrous. Gaylord Perry and a tribe of young hitters have put them in unaccustomed contention. Ron Fimrite reports.
Women in sport—a progress report by Bil Gilbert and Nancy Williamson, updating their prize-winning series. The findings: important changes have come in just one year.
About three bricks shy of a load; that pretty much sums up the 1973 Steelers. Roy Blount Jr., who lived with the team for six months, presents a unique view of pro life.