24 The season opens in a refreshing glow of optimism
54 But Dick Young says the owners don't know the product
56 The color camera focuses on the game's explosive side
63 SI's men about baseball analyze the teams:
64 AMERICAN LEAGUE
70 NATIONAL LEAGUE
82 Wonder Pitcher Steve Carlton and "the variables"
116 Old Catcher Joe Garagiola and his new show biz life
28 Bury His Heart at Wounded Jaw
Hurt by a blow that nobody saw, Muhammad Ali fought courageously but lost the decision to unknown Ken Norton
30 She's the Center of Attention
Tall Theresa Shank is the Bill Walton of women's college basketball and the reason why Immaculata is its UCLA
32 Petty Blue, STP Red and Blooey!
Their colors don't match, their personalities clash, but Petty and Granatelli stage a bang-up show
40 Freddie Is Setting the Pace
Call him "Mr. Van Lennep." He has an old-fashioned air of elegance, but he is quite up to date on harness racing
106 Now UCLA Is Going for No. 3
This time it's the track team, which beat Tennessee and Kansas as it prepares for a third straight NCAA title
92 Horse Racing
106 Track & Field
137 For the Record
138 19th Hole
Credits on page 137
Cover photograph by Walter Iooss Jr.
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