This shot of Chastain celebrating after scoring on the fifth penalty kick of the World Cup finals against China is one of the most famous photos in the history of women's sports. This image was featured on the covers of not only SI, but also TIME and Newsweek.
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Athletes and Paternity
This remains one of the most memorable covers in SI history as the magazine delved into the controversial issue of athletes and their out-of-wedlock children. Khalid Minor, whose father, Greg, was a member of the Celtics, holds a basketball in this haunting cover photo.
3 of 25John Iacono/SI
After his first retirement from the NBA, Michael Jordan famously tried his hand at baseball, playing for the White Sox farm club, the Birmingham Barons. During his time on the diamond, Jordan batted .202 with 3 HR, 51 RBI, 30 SB, and 11 errors.
4 of 25Bill Frakes/SI
The first woman to buy a Major League Baseball team, Marge Schott was a lightning rod as the owner of the Reds. Notorious for racial and ethnic slurs, Schott was fined and disciplined numerous times for her behavior. Just before appearing on this '96 cover of SI, Schott went too far one last time, saying Hitler "was good in the beginning, but went too far". In response, Major League Baseball banned her from day-to-day operation of the Reds.
5 of 25Theo Westenberger/SI
This cover features five members of The Dream Team. The 1992 Barcelona Olympics marked the first time NBA players participated in the Olympics and the U.S. team steamrolled through the competition on its way to a gold medal.
6 of 25Walter Iooss Jr./SI
Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden
Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden were supposed to be the lynchpins of a Mets dynasty, but drugs and alcohol cut their careers short. This 1995 cover story looks at the promising careers of these two youngsters and where it all went wrong.
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A month after defeating No. 2 contender Donovan "Razor" Ruddock in a 12-round bout, Mike Tyson's boxing career came to a sudden halt when, in July 1991, he was sentenced to prison for raping 18-year old beauty queen Desiree Washington. Tyson spent three years in jail and did not return to boxing until 1995.
8 of 25John Biever/SI
In 1989, SI called Mandarich "the best offensive line prospect ever," but three years into his NFL career, Mandarich did nothing but disappoint. In 2008, he fessed up to using steroids in college and the role that played in his success at Michigan State.
9 of 25Bill Frakes/SI
MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent imposed a "lifetime ban" on the Boss in July 1990 for paying admitted gambler Howard Spira $40,000 to supply damaging information on Yankees outfielder Dave Winfield, with whom he was feuding. Two-and-a-half years later, the ban was lifted, and Steinbrenner's comeback was hailed by White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf as "the most ballyhooed return since the Resurrection."
10 of 25Julian Allen (Artwork)
Led by Michael Jordan and Nike, the sneaker industy exploded in the early '90s. What was once a layer of support between the foot and pavement became a must-have accessory for many young adults. This story delved into the market and looked at the upswing in crime related to sneakers and sports merchandise.
11 of 25John Biever/SI
This cover shows the final shot Michael Jordan took as a member of the Bulls, a jumper from the top of the key that buried the Jazz and gave the Bulls another title. Jordan has appeared on the cover 49 times, more than any other athlete (Muhammad Ali is second with 38).
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No athlete drew more contempt from sports fans than original Detroit bad boy Bill Laimbeer, who led the Pistons to two titles. The center put on his classic "I didn't do anything" face for this famous cover.
13 of 25Claus Bergmann/SI
"Terror" struck the tennis court on April 30, 1993, when the world's No. 1 ranked women's tennis player, Monica Seles, was stabbed in the back by a deranged fan during a quarterfinal match in Hamburg. The fan was allegedly obsessed with seeing Steffi Graf regain the No. 1 ranking, so he rushed onto the court with a 10-inch boning knife to attack the 19-year old Seles. Seles recovered physically just a few weeks later, but was so damaged psychologically that she didn't return to competitive tennis for over two years.
14 of 25David E. Klutho/SI
Wayne Gretzky remains the greatest player in NHL history, and this cover shot from his final game at Madison Square Garden serves as a fond farewell to The Great One.
15 of 25Walter Iooss Jr./SI
Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez
Derek Jeter already had two World Series rings when a 21-year old Alex Rodriguez joined him on the cover of this 1997 issue. Sure, A-Rod eventually moved to third base, but at the time, the duo -- along with the likes of Miguel Tejada -- headed an incredible crop of young shortstops.
16 of 25Walter Iooss Jr./SI
Kathy Ireland, Elle Macpherson, Rachel Hunter
Usually reserved for just one model, the 1994 cover of the SI Swimsuit Issue featured three women -- Kathy Ireland, Elle Macpherson and Rachel Hunter. Anyone mind?
17 of 25Bill Frakes/SI, Arthur Shay/SI
Peyton and Archie Manning
Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning shared the 1996 College Football preview issue with his dad, Archie, who appeared on the cover in 1970, when he was a quarterback at Ole Miss.
18 of 25Peter Read Miller/SI
One of the first U.S. sports figures to admit to using performance enhancing drugs, the former Raiders' defensive end often blamed his long-time use of steroids for the brain cancer that took a devastating toll on him during the final years of his life. Just a year after appearing on the cover of SI in July 1991, Alzado, 42, died of cancer in his Oregon home.
19 of 25Chuck Solomon/SI
Baseball fans were captivated by the 1998 home run race between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. The Cardinals first baseman would end the season with 70 round-trippers, while the Cubs slugger would finish with 66, but steroid accusations brought both players' achievements into question.
20 of 25V.J. Lovero/SI, Jim Gund/SI
In August 1992, with football season approaching and his Atlanta Braves in the midst of a playoff race, "Prime Time" had to pick a sport. Eventually, Sanders decided to report to Falcons' training camp in September and join the Braves for the postseason. In the World Series, Sanders batted .533 with 4 runs, 8 hits, 2 doubles, and 1 RBI; four months later he was named to the NFL Pro Bowl.
21 of 25David Burnett/SI
In 1994, March Madness affected the highest reaches of government when President Clinton turned Fan-in-Chief and rooted for Nolan Richardson, Corliss Williamson and the Arkansas Razorbacks. Clinton's enthusiasm was rewarded with a national championship.
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When he was selected fifth overall by the Timberwolves in the 1995 NBA draft, Kevin Garnett became the first player in 20 years to make the jump from high school to the NBA. Garnett has since been named to 12 All-Star games, earned an MVP award and won an NBA Championship.
23 of 25Don Smith/SI
Long before the records, Barry Bonds appeared on the cover of SI as a 28-year old in his first year with the Giants. At the start of the 1993 season, Bonds signed a then-record $43.75 million, six-year deal with the club after having spent seven seasons in Pittsburgh. In his tenure in San Francisco, Bonds found unparalleled success, but his reclusiveness earned him a strained relationship with the media and the fans.
24 of 25Caryn Levy/SI
Pete Sampras - 9/17/90
Sampras and Capriati were two bright spots for U.S. tennis in the '90s. While Sampras went onto greatness, Capriati, who appeared on the cover at 13, struggled with success and left the sport for nearly three years before returning in 1996.
25 of 25Bruce L. Schwartzman/SI
This marks the first of Shaquille O'Neal's 15 appearances on the SI cover. At the time, Shaq was a 19-year-old manchild who'd go on to win the Adolph Rupp Trophy as NCAA men's basketball player of the year in 1991. <br><br>Send comments to email@example.com
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