MIDSEASON FORM 18
What a year for surprises! Our baseball expert takes another look at all the races—and the heroes and goats
by Peter Gammons

CONTINENTAL CONTACT 26
The Soviets, Yugoslavs and Spaniards earned Olympic basketball berths as NBA reps greedily looked on
by Alexander Wolff

PHOEBE: NO FREEBIE 32
Unremitting effort won Phoebe Mills the women's all-around crown at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships
by Hank Hersch

DUNKING A TOUGH FOE 36
America's water polo team avenged an excruciating defeat in the '84 Olympics by submerging Yugoslavia
by Craig Neff

JUMPING FOR JOY 39
Larry Myricks, who's aiming for a fourth Olympic team—and first medal—long-jumps primarily for himself
by Ralph Wiley

A BID FOR A LAST HURRAH 48
At the ripe old age of 23, Mary T. Meagher hopes to eclipse her records and earn more Olympic gold
by Demmie Stathoplos

CASEY AT THE BAT 52
If ever you had a baseball hero, you would like to know how Casey fared after he struck out on June 2, 1888
by Frank Deford

DEPARTMENTS

Letters 6
Scorecard 13
For The Record 77
Point After 78

Cover Photograph by Abe Seltzer

PHOTOHEINZ KLUETMEIERDOWN UNDER: In water polo, as in icebergs, what appears on the surface is a mere fraction of the action, as these players showed in a game between the U.S. (black) and Yugoslavia last week (page 36).

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)