Sports Illustrated magazine back issue
April 2, 1979

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Sports Illustrated April 2, 1979

Magic Johnson of Michigan State featured on the cover of this issue, as the Michigan St. Spartans win the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship over Larry Bird and the Indiana St. Sycamores, 75-64. Excellent story inside by Larry Keith, with photos of Bird, Johnson, Greg Kelser and others.

Also in this issue, NHL hockey, Brian Trottier and the NY Islanders clinch the Patrick Division over Guy Lafleur and the Montreal Canadiens; Dwight Stones as a professional high-jumper; Lanny Wadkins wins the TPC at Sawgrass over runner-up Tom Watson; Cal Bears win NCAA swim championship; feature article on Gene Conley, who had careers in both the NBA and MLB; Martina Navratilova wins Avon Championships at Madison Square Garden over Chris Evert and Tracy Austin; Spectacular Bid establishes his favoritism for the Kentucky Derby by winning the Flamingo Stakes at Hialeah with Ron Franklin aboard the Grover (Buddy) Delp trainee; Ernie Shavers and Larry Holmes win heavyweight bouts en route to a return engagement; feature story on the Ensenada boating race from Newport Beach, California to Ensenada, Mexico. 100 pages.

Michigan State basketball
NCAA Website
Spectacular Bid Biography and Record

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