CONTENTS

June 09, 1991

18
SHOW OF SHOWS
The NBA Finals, with L.A.'s Magic Johnson and Chicago's Michael Jordan, have unprecedented star quality
BY JACK McCALLUM

24
CUT TO THE CHASE
At the NCAAs, Ohio State's Mark Croghan daringly sprinted to the fastest steeplechase time so far this year
BY KENNY MOORE

26
WHO ARE THE TWO?
Six cities await the verdict on which will be baseball's two expansion teams—and questions abound
BY TIM KURKJIAN

32
PRINCE VALIANT
After nearly two years of quite ignoble tennis, Jimmy Connors at age 38 made a gallant stand in the French Open
BY CURRY KIRKPATRICK

38
GORILLAS OF THE MISSED
The Detroit Tigers' lineup packs one mighty wallop, but an abundance of strikeouts is part of the bargain
BY STEVE RUSHIN

46
CHILD'S PLAY
Tennis's new pixie is named Venus. At 10, she dreams of flying to Jupiter. Others have earthier hopes for her
BY SONJA STEPTOE

66
NOBODY KNOWS THEIR NAMES
Working anonymously and often living in squalor, grooms are the unsung heroes of thoroughbred horse racing
BY WILLIAM NACK

DEPARTMENTS

4
LETTERS

13
SCORECARD

59
BOXING

62
BASEBALL

81
FOR THE RECORD

82
POINT AFTER

COVER PHOTOGRAPH BY ANDREW D. BERNSTEIN/NBA PHOTOS

PHOTODAVID WALBERGThrowing In the Towel: Jimmy Connors may have retired from his third-round French Open match against Michael Chang, but it was hardly because he lacked gumption. Connors, 38 and an infrequent tournament player of late, fought off a 19-year age difference and back pains until he had to call it quits in the fifth set (page 32).

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)