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April 29, 1985 | Volume 62, Issue 17

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Hulk Hogan Cover - Sports Illustrated April 29, 1985

April 29, 1985 | Ron Fimrite
Sure, the world champion Tigers led the AL East, but two weeks into the season they had already lost three games

April 29, 1985 | William Nack
To George Steinbrenner's joy, Eternal Prince won the Wood and became a favorite for the roses

April 29, 1985 | Barry McDermott
As an encore to his Masters win, Bernhard Langer held center stage once more at the Heritage Classic

April 29, 1985 | Jack Falla
Hot-shooting Tim Kerr made the Islanders' end of the ice his own as the Flyers stormed to a 2-0 lead in the NHL playoffs

April 29, 1985 | Bruce Newman

April 29, 1985 | William Taaffe
Unlike the oldtime promoters, who aired wrestling on TV stations each Saturday morning simply to sell more arena seats on Saturday night, Vince McMahon Jr. has developed an aggressive—some would...

April 29, 1985 | Robert L. Miller
It was only natural that photographer Walter Iooss Jr. shot this week's cover and many of the pictures inside for our look into the world of pro wrestling (page 28). Iooss, 41, a 26-year...

April 29, 1985 | Jeremiah Tax
Tommy Lasorda was already famous and a sought-after TV guest and banquet speaker when his mother suffered a stroke. He sat at her bedside and talked about her life with Tommy's father, about...

April 29, 1985 | N. Brooks Clark
"Everything you see in the ring is an illusion," says ex-wrestler Jim Wilson, spilling the beans on his erstwhile colleagues, a group whose livelihood depends on its trade secrets. Yes, bodies do...

April 29, 1985 | N. Brooks Clark
How does wrestling, or at least the WWF, treat its own? It's no babyface, that's for sure, as former WWF champ Bob Backlund can attest. Backlund is that rarest of creatures, a wrestler whose ring...

April 29, 1985 | N. Brooks Clark
They tell the story in St. Louis that Grover Cleveland Alexander used to hock his 1926 World Series ring so routinely that Rachael Breadon, wife of the Cardinals' owner, sent word to all the local...

April 29, 1985 | Sandy Keenan
The small-time Miami Marlins have lured some former big-time ballplayers

April 29, 1985 | Henry Hecht
The trade of Atlanta's Alex Trevino to the Giants was buried in the agate columns last week as all of baseball gasped at the $2 million-a-year contract Ozzie Smith got to stay in St. Louis. But in...

April 29, 1985 | Henry Hecht
Why is this man flipping out? Well, it was the Cardinals' home opener, but it was also the day that shortstop Ozzie Smith signed a five-year, $10 million contract, making his the most expensive...

April 29, 1985 | Henry Hecht
MARIO SOTO: The Cincinnati starter had a pair of 2-1, complete-game victories as the NL West-leading Reds won seven straight. In beating the Braves and Giants, Soto fanned 19 and walked five.

April 29, 1985 | Paul Zimmerman
The fuss over Bernie Kosar has overshadowed all the other plums

April 29, 1985 | William Oscar Johnson

April 29, 1985 | Edited by Franz Lidz

April 29, 1985 | Edited by Franz Lidz
•Jimmy Johnson, University of Miami football coach, on whether the departure of quarterback Bernie Kosar will mean a run-oriented team this fall: "If we're three yards and a cloud of dust, the...

April 29, 1985 | Dan Levin
Once, when Harry Truman was President and Joe Louis ruled the ring, bicycles were bicycles the way men were men—plain and strong. In those days, you could ride bikes over curbs. They had fat tires...

April 29, 1985 | John Garrity
Steve Alford, Indiana University's star guard, wasn't joking. I had asked him what phase of his game might improve in this, his sophomore season, and he said, "My free-throw shooting."

April 29, 1985

April 29, 1985 | Compiled by DUNCAN BRANTLEY
PRO BASKETBALL—The NBA playoffs opened with teams jumping off to 2-0 leads in all of the Eastern Conference's first-round, best-of-five series. That's not to say the games weren't tight....

April 29, 1985 | Edited by Gay Flood
LINING THEM UPSir:Having read and heard all winter about the 74¢ Canadian dollar, acid rain, the troubles of the Toronto Maple Leafs and glowing predictions for the Boston Red Sox, this...