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44 Tough Man Across a Table
Play backgammon against Billy Eisenberg and you can expect to lose money. Eisenberg is a world champ. Switch to bridge and it's the same deal. So how do you get your dough back? Find a tennis court. You may lose again but at least you have a chance.
by Edwin Shrake

20 Changing of the Guard
Buffalo's defeat of Montreal set the stage for an all-expansion-team Stanley Cup finals
by Mark Mulvoy

24 Speeding into the Sunset
Indy's faithful thousands waited and waited until, sure enough, along came A.J.
by Robert F. Jones

28 Putting the There There
The A's are mighty and will prevail—even, perhaps, over Oakland's image
by Ron Fimrite

32 Better Late than Never
Olympian Peter Snell, his years of glory past, is getting the education he missed
by Kenny Moore

40 Reasons Why—and Why Not
Realizing that rock is not perdurable, climbers do without axes, pitons and bolts
by Allan Mardon and Barbara La Fontaine

70 Mrs. Billie Jean King!
She is something special, not only in tennis but in the world beyond the sidelines
by Frank Deford

The departments

16 Scorecard
52 TV/Radio
54 Baseball
62 Tennis
66 Horse Racing
87 For the Record
88 19th Hole

Credits on page 87

Cover photograph by Lane Stewart



Next Week

Maryland, my Maryland is sung at Pimlico, and Singh, who missed My Old Kentucky Home but is all tuned up for the Preakness, will have vocal support in his bid to beat Foolish Pleasure. Whitney Tower reports.

Beating their brains out, but seldom anyone else's, MIT fields teams in a record 22 intercollegiate sports. John Underwood tours the campus where rugby shoes are recycled and breaking even is considered just great.