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December 22, 1969 | Volume 31, Issue 26

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Tom Seaver Cover - Sports Illustrated December 22, 1969

December 22, 1969
BASKETBALL—NBA: The New York Knicks experienced their first bad week of the season—three losses in four games—and when it was over found themselves reduced to a record of 27 wins in 32 games and....

December 22, 1969
17—John F. Jaqua, Rich Clarkson (2), Heinz Kluetmeier18—Tony Tomsic19—Rich Clarkson, Tony Tomsic, Hy Peskin, Heinz Kluetmeier20—Rich Clarkson, Tony Tomsic, Hy Peskin23—Wayne Wilson from...

December 22, 1969
Marshall Gray rode her gray gelding, Magyar Pajtas, to wins in the juniper stake, puissance and high-and-wide at the Atlantic Winter Fair in Halifax, Nova Scotia. On her sister's Appaloosa,...

December 22, 1969 | Peter Carry

December 22, 1969
MILITANT IN PHILADELPHIASirs:It was almost too much to read the so-called review of the Army-Navy game (It's the Biggest Draw in Philadelphia, Dec. 8), by your answer to W.C. Fields, Pat Putnam.

December 22, 1969

December 22, 1969
•Governor Claude Kirk of Florida, on the prospect of a Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier fight in his state: "You know, there was some talk that Mr. Clay lost his title because of politics, instead of due...

December 22, 1969 | Robert F. Jones

December 22, 1969 | Curry Kirkpatrick

December 22, 1969 | Dan Jenkins

December 22, 1969 | Herman Weiskopf
How does a coach prepare his team for the big game, the one it has waited for all season, the one that will be seen by 73,000 spectators and by 40 million TV watchers? Well, if the coach is Miss...

December 22, 1969 | William Leggett

December 22, 1969
"They came to play," the announcer is forever saying, and let that sum up sport in the '60s. Through a decade that will not be remembered as the best of times, sport was at its best by far. Never...

December 22, 1969
NFL divisional champions Dallas, Cleveland, Minnesota and Los Angeles play off and prepare for the NFL showdown, the last stop on the winner's way to the Super Bowl.

December 22, 1969 | Garry Valk
Looking back has its pleasures, and it was with considerable enjoyment, surprise and a sense of discovery that this decade-ending issue evolved, for it permitted—indeed, demanded—the kind of...

December 22, 1969 | Charles Goren
In my years at the table I have found—believe it or not—a few players who will admit that the cards they hold are almost as good as the next fellow's. But even they add that on slam bids they are...

December 22, 1969 | William Johnson
Some view it as a godsend and others as a monster, but a decade of television has created more changes in sport—and the interests of its fans—than anything in the history of play. Part I of a series

December 22, 1969 | William Johnson
Pro football: The zoom lens captures the sport, against a back ground of double crosses, secret meetings and multimillions.

December 22, 1969 | Jeannette Bruce
At Christmastime almost everything looks a little larger than life; bigger, brighter and, of course, more extravagant. Books produced for the Christmas gift market are certainly no exception to...

December 22, 1969 | Frank Graham Jr.
Oldtimers remember him as perhaps the gaudiest success of a gaudy era: a fight promoter, manager and all-round operator who made it big, lived high, and somehow died rich