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Off on a Rampage 14
Led by the mighty Bull and a herd of stampeding teammates, the Phillies have streaked to the majors' best record
by Larry Keith

Meet Tomato Patch George 18
Saratoga is for blue bloods—owners and horses—but a bumpkin raised on a truck farm took the illustrious Travers
by William Leggett

Trying a Saint's Patient 20
Archie Manning seems to have recovered from the surgery that sidelined him last year and New Orleans has won three straight
by Robert F. Jones

Whoops and Saddles in Helena 22
They came from 29 states and Canada to rope and ride in a rodeo to pick the best high school cowkids
by Douglas S. Looney

El Caballo Is Off and Running 26
Cuba's double gold-medal winner, Alberto (the Horse) Juantorena, is champing at the bit for the World Games
by Jerry Kirshenbaum

Win, Place and Glow 32
He could see a shining force field around the horses—but the hunches of other bettors kept interfering with his ESP
by Robert Cantwell

Everybody Knew Me Al 82
Behind the chronicles of a brash rookie pitcher loomed Ring Lardner, a literary giant and a fervent baseball fan
by Jonathan Yardley

The Departments

Scorecard 11
TV/Radio 70
Baseball's Week 72
Swimming 76
Golf 80
For the Record 95
19th Hole 96

Credits on page 95

Cover photograph by Manny Millan

Next Week

College Football 1977 kicks off with John Underwood's account of how some schools get around the new scholarship rules, and includes Mike DelNagro's report on the forward-pass revival, the Top 20 picks, a sporting pub crawl with artist Bernard Fuchs, and Ron Fimrite's re-creation of the Wow Boys. Plus articles on the NASL championship and the four-team race in the American League West.