Monday, May 14, 2012

1975: Turning to sports, ...

The May 12, 1975, Sports Illustrated has the Kentucky Derby on its cover, but my favorite Kentucky item in the issue is this "Faces In The Crowd" entry:

"Scott Beard, 13, an eighth-grader at Westport High in Louisville, became the youngest person to win a major high school golf tournament in Kentucky, with a two-over-par 74 in the Kentucky Invitational at Seneca Golf Course. Scott started playing five years ago."

Scott Beard is not, however, going to win the KHSAA boys' golf championship. The 1975 state title will instead go to Russ Cochran of Paducah Saint Mary's. Scott Beard, the son of UK basketball legend Ralph Beard, will eventually get his KHSAA crown--in 1979, one year after Lone Oak's Kenny Perry gets his. By that point, Scott Beard will no longer be a Louisville Westport Warhawk. He instead will be leading Louisville Trinity to the team championship. Westport, in fact, won't even be a high school after 1981.

Also from this issue:

-- The Washington Bullets lead the Boston Celtics, two games to one, in the NBA Eastern Conference finals. The Chicago Bulls lead the Golden State Warriors, two games to one, in the West.

-- The Kentucky Colonels and Indiana Pacers are headed to the ABA finals.

-- Sonny Jurgensen retired.

-- A Nashville, Tenn., company is advertising some hip new fashions on Page 10.