The Best of 1992

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43,750,000

* Sport is a story of numbers, on or off the field. Baseball's best player, Pittsburgh outfielder Barry Bonds, got the biggest ones: $43.75 million for six years in San Francisco. Hockey's best, Mario Lemieux, got almost as much ($42 million, seven years) to stay in Pittsburgh. Baseball owners cried poverty -- and demanded to reopen their contract with the players' union -- but, like a randy widow, couldn't help throwing money at those big, handsome athletes. Even the barons of the N.F.L. can no longer look smugly upon the agitation of lesser moguls; last week they acceded to...

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