Sports Illustrated Kids May/June 2021

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4 min
stop throwing so hard!

REDS PROSPECT Hunter Greene, returning from a season missed due to Tommy John surgery, made a statement in his first spring training game this March. His opening pitch clocked in at 101 mph. His second hit 102. His third? You guessed it: 103. (No, he did not gradually ramp up 200 on his 100th pitch of the game.) Fans cheered Greene’s rebirth. But were they really cheering for the demise of their favorite sport? Most people in the bleachers can’t tell the difference between a 90- and a 100-mph fastball. Yet, the difference between the two is responsible for nearly every problem with baseball. Major league pitchers are throwing harder than ever before. In 2020, 13.1% of all pitches were at least 95 mph, versus just 8.4% in 2010. That trend has…

2 min
square deal

AS ONE of the world’s top competitive Rubik’s Cube solvers, Giovanni Contardi started to get a little bored. “You get to a point where you practice months and months just to gain one-tenth of a second,” says Contardi, who can solve a cube in around seven seconds. So he found another way to channel his cube energy: creating art. The 26-year-old native of Italy has created several mosaics and portraits, including LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. (When he was a speed cuber, Gio says he was like Bryant, “practicing three, four hours a day, trying to master every single move.”) He uses a program on his iPad to map out the picture pixel by pixel, which takes at least a week. Then he twists around 800 cubes and puts them…

1 min
mahailya reeves

BIRTHPLACE: LAKE BUTLER, FLA. BIRTH DATE: OCT. 28, 2003 SPORT: WEIGHTLIFTING When she saw her older sisters weightlift, Mahailya wanted in. She approached their high school coach, Bryan Griffis, and squatted 135 on her first day of training—as a fifth-grader. Her feats of strength grew, first with a 355-pound bench press that accumulated more than 2.6 million views on social media in 2019, then a state-record 375-pound bench press, and now with her third consecutive state title in February. “I’m still in shock at the weights I do,” says Mahailya. “There’s no words to describe it. It’s that amazing.” Are YOU a SportsKid? If you think you have what it takes to be a SportsKid of the Month, have an adult submit your nomination at…

2 min
birth records

WHEN JOHN QUINCY ADAMS was elected President in 1824, he and dad John Adams became the first father-son duo ever to both ascend to the United States’ highest office. Bor-ing! Name recognition makes it easier to win an election. In sports, that kind of fame just adds more pressure to perform. These athletic parents and children who achieved the same (or similar) feats had to do things much more impressive than becoming President … like hitting for the cycle! BIGG’S BOY When Cavan Biggio hit for the cycle as a rookie in 2019, he and his Hall of Fame dad Craig became the second father-son pair to achieve the feat after Gary and Daryle Ward. There’s even a grandfather-grandson cycle duo: Gus Bell (1951) and David Bell (2004). GOLDEN CHILD American gymnast Nastia Liukin…

2 min
fierce five

Guard: Diana Taurasi After a stellar career at UConn, where she led the Huskies to three NCAA titles and was twice the winner of the Naismith Award, Taurasi came into the WNBA in 2004 facing huge expectations. Somehow, she surpassed them. Still going strong, the Phoenix Mercury mainstay is the league’s all-time leading scorer and has been first- or second-team All-WNBA an amazing 14 times. Center: Lisa Leslie In Leslie’s 12th and final season with the Los Angeles Sparks, she averaged 15.4 points and had a career-high 51.8% field goal percentage. “That’s what separates Smooth,” her coach Michael Cooper said of her. “She is never satisfied with what she did last year.” True, but no one would have blamed her if she had been satisfied with a career that saw her win three MVP awards. Forward: Sheryl…

6 min
what if…

1.Pistol Pete Maravich Played Today? ON FEBRUARY 25, 1977, New Orleans Jazz guard Pete Maravich put up 68 points on the New York Knicks. He scored on an array of hook shots, drives, and—mostly—long jump shots. But he didn’t have a single three-pointer, because the NBA hadn’t adopted the shot yet. A look at the tape from the game shows that 10 of Maravich’s 26 baskets would have either come from behind the current line or were close enough that, had it existed, the Pistol presumably would have backed up a few inches for the extra point. So instead of 68, he easily could have had 78. Maravich averaged 24.2 points per game in his NBA career, which ended in 1980 when he was just 32, due to injuries. The idea that with…