26 A Game of Pinches
No team in the majors has stolen 200 bases since 1918, but at the rate they are ripping them oil in the speed-spangled West, three will do it this year: California, Oakland and Kansas City. Chief thief at the moment is Outfielder Mickey Rivers of the Angels.
by Ron Fimrite
18 Madness at Medinah
No one else wanted it, so Lou Graham took the U.S. Open, winning in a playoff
by Dan Jenkins
22 High, Fast and Very Upsetting
In a bizarre AAU track championship, the records were mostly set by the wrong folks
by Ron Reid
32 'I Try to Carry My Load'
So says Art Williams, first National League black umpire and "overhustler"
by Lee Gutkind
44 A Bird's-eye View
Her pigeon was bred to win with flying colors and she was sky-high with hope
by Jeannette Bruce
68 And the Rocket's Red Glare
Few can hold a Roman candle to the author in knowing the facts and fancy of fireworks
by George Plimpton
81 For the Record
82 19th Hole
Credits on page 81
Cover photograph by Walter Iooss Jr.
The rousing Red Sox test their surprising new batting power, and the mettle of the rookie with the halo, Fred Lynn, in a long Fenway series with the Yankees, who have bats and pennant hopes, too. By Ron Fimrite.
Boy meets girl at Belmont in the classiest match race since Nashua beat Swaps in 1955. Jack Mann takes an expert look at the undefeated filly Ruffian and judges how she should do against Derby winner Foolish Pleasure.