A Letter From The Publisher, Jun. 3, 1974

Five years ago, Philip Taubman, a summer intern in TIME'S San Francisco bureau, reported our first story on Reggie Jackson, then a powerful but temperamental young outfielder. Taubman went on to graduate from Stanford in 1970, spent three years in Boston as a TIME correspondent, and joined the New York writing staff as a contributing editor last year. Appropriately, Taubman, long a rabid baseball fan, writes about sports. Even more appropriately, his first cover story—which he reported as well as wrote—is about Jackson, now the undisputed superstar of the Oakland Athletics.

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