28 Comebacks All Over
In pro basketball's playoffs the Lakers recovered from a bad start and the Celtics from a poor season
34 A Polite No from Arnie and Jack
Palmer and Nicklaus prepared for the Masters by skipping the Greensboro Open and its $32,000 first prize
36 Brower Power Awaits the Verdict
A Sierra Club fight between middle-ground and go-for-broke members puts David Brower's job on the line
Baseball: The 101st Year
44 The majors, a century after turning pro, are expanding again. Despite new problems, the season could be electric
48 Rarely the stars but seldom out of the lineup are the Iron Men. Here, in color, are some of the very best
56 Alexander Cartwright invented baseball and took it west. The game survives in surprising ways along his route
79 Scouting reports reveal the strengths and weaknesses and the expected order of finish of all 24 teams
104 The Long-Distance Runner
The exercise may be humdrum, but the social life is startling on a late-afternoon lope in Washington
99 Horse Racing
119 For the Record
122 19th Hole
Credits on page 119
Cover photograph by Neil Leifer
The masters used to be owned by Arnie and Jack, but in the past two years each has missed the cut once. Dan Jenkins is on hand to see if they do better—and if not, who does.
Mystery author Ross MacDonald writes with passion about a different kind of killer, the oil slick that swept Santa Barbara's beaches—and coated people's minds.
England is rioting over soccer. Why? Wilfrid Sheed offers a penetrating explanation of the hooliganism that has become an integral part of Britain's favorite sport.