Skip to main content
Original Issue


A Match Goes Down in History 18
Bjorn Borg won his fifth straight Wimbledon, but it will be remembered as much for the heroic loser, John McEnroe
by Frank Deford

Warming Up at a World-Record Pace 24
Sebastian Coe added the 1,000 to his list of records, but minutes later Steve Ovett snatched away the mile mark
by Kenny Moore and John Rodda

Up in Arms Over Beanballs 26
More than ever this year, hitters are taking their anger over chin music and the Rawlings lobotomy right to the pitcher's mound
by Steve Wulf

On the Cutting Edge 34
Bob Loveless lives a life of apparent contradiction; the knives he fashions are avidly sought by the collectors he dislikes
by J.D. Reed

He's Poetry in Motion 44
When Preston Dennard's not in pads catching passes for the Los Angeles Rams, he takes his pen in hand and plays bard
by Douglas S. Looney

Marching to Euphoria 72
In pursuit of an elusive feeling of well-being, some unsuspecting runners may actually have turned into addicts
by William Oscar Johnson

The Departments

Scorecard 13
TV Radio 54
Baseball 56
Motor Sports 65
Soccer 69
For the Record 89
19th Hole 91

Cover photograph by Walter Iooss Jr.

Credits on page 89

Next Week

Baseball's biggest winner is Philadelphia's Steve Carlton, who keeps his visibility as low as his slider. But to broadcaster Tim McCarver, his pal and former catcher, Carlton is a man of many dimensions, all revealed in a personal portrait.

The unknown coach is Pittsburgh's Chuck Noll, who, despite the publicity attending the Steelers' four Super Bowl titles, has been as remote a figure as Carlton. In the first of a two-part series, Paul Zimmerman discloses the man behind the myth.