20 A California Split for Openers
Kicking off an intrastate World Series both zany and zestful, Oakland and Los Angeles traded 3-2 victories
26 Ohio State May Be No. 1...
But don't tell Michigan. Both the Wolverines and the Buckeyes scored convincing victories to remain undefeated
30 I'll Always Be Outspoken
So says Frank Robinson, big-league baseball's first black manager, in a first-person appraisal of his role
October 20, 1974
40 The sport is bigger, knottier and potentially rougher
42 Scouting reports assess the NHL and WHA teams
56 The Eagle and His Fat Flock
NHL player czar Alan Eagleson has elevated his men from semi-serfdom to enviable affluence
98 Once Upon a Time
...long, long ago a giant snake that rattled slithered across the land and cast a spell on man and child
74 College Football
89 Pro Football
113 For the Record
114 19th Hole
Credits on page 113
Cover photographs by Walter Iooss Jr. and Fred Kaplan
Same fight, new date. Once again, Ali and Foreman count down toward their encounter in Africa. Has George grown fat in idleness? Is Muhammad bored? Is it raining?
Pro Basketball starts out with its two best centers on the sidelines but otherwise the game is in good shape, with a new team in the NBA and the ABA improved financially. Scouting reports look at plausible new contenders for divisional honors, and John Underwood provides a look at one fact of life that hasn't changed over the years—the Celtics' matchless John Havlicek.