4—Walter Iooss Jr.
19—drawing by Arnold Roth
32, 33—Heinz Kluetmeier, James Drake
44, 45—Jerry Cooke, Heinz Kluetmeier, Helmut Gritscher, John G. Zimmerman, Tony Triolo
58-81—illustrations by Don Moss
84, 85—Eric Schweikardt, Bob Straus Jr., James Drake
86—Manny Millan, John G. Zimmerman
98—Peter Read Miller
104, 105—Bob Gomel-LIFE, Herb Scharfman-LIFE (2), Neil Leifer-Alskog
106, 107—Neil Leifer-Alskog (3), Neil Leifer-Alskog from Photo Researchers (2), Ken Regan-Camera 5, Tony Triolo, Neil Leifer
108, 109—Lawrence Schiller-Alskog, Ken Regan-Camera 5 for TIME, Jerry Cooke
127—John L. Ashbey, courtesy Ringling Bros, and Barnum & Bailey, Bob Foster, Weyman Swagger-Baltimore Sunpapers, Don Kemp.
Table of Contents
Dec. 20, 1976
If you 're the Steelers, you win two straight Super Bowls and, going for a record third straight, lose four of your first five games. Now, as the playoffs begin, Baltimore tries to stop Pittsburgh; Oakland and L.A. look for revenge; Minnesota for redemption
From Olympian and other heights came the candidates: Klammer and Comaneci, Young and Jenner, Nicklaus and Morgan, Dr. J and Tony D. If it was a very good year for men, it was a spectacular one for women. For the 21-year-old on the opposite page it was a year of such distinction that she became the outstanding athlete of them all. Because she dominated her game as no other man or woman did in any sport, she is Sportswoman of the Year for 1976.
Out of Louisville he came, to become champion of the world—twice. Now Ali, whose worldwide celebrity may be unequaled in modern times, is near the end of his boxing career, and if no longer the greatest, he is still the best. He has quit, unquit and requit, the prerogative of the aging genius—and the signal for a shuffle down memory lane. Here is a sampling of his life and times.
4—Walter Iooss Jr.