Some things are fixed—TV quiz shows, for instance. Others are broken, like the Brooklyn Dodgers' 65-year string without winning a World Series. The Bums are joined in victory by the Browns, Red Wings and Syracuse Nationals. College champs: Oklahoma in football, San Francisco in basketball.
Raul (Raton) Macias of Mexico City, undergoing surgery for repair of a broken jaw, began to breathe deeply as the anesthetic was administered. "One," intoned the anesthetist, starting his count, "two, three, four...." All went well until the count reached nine, at which point Macias, the NBA's world bantamweight champion, made desperate efforts to get to his feet.
Bill Russell of San Francisco is 6'10" and excels on defense. He has averaged 20 rebounds per game, kept the middle closed to San Francisco opponents but drawn very few personal fouls. He has averaged 20 points a game. A natural athlete, Russell shows great promise of being a track star: In his first attempt last summer he high-jumped six feet seven inches.
—SI, FEB. 21
November 15, 1989
Phog saw his varsity soundly trounced by the KU freshmen 81-71—and yet he was the happiest man in the jam-packed field house. Not that Phog likes to lose, but it was pure pleasure for him to watch the biggest freshman of them all, Wilton Chamberlain (7'2", 230 lbs.), dunk in 42 points all by himself. In 39 years of talking tall young men into coming to Kansas for their higher education, Phog has never recruited a more promising student of basketball than "Wilt the Stilt."
—SI, DEC. 12
The lines form here, folks: Disneyland opens in Anaheim, Calif.
Raceway crash: Bill Vuckovich is killed while leading the field at Indy.
The smart set is donning batting helmets.
Edwin Moses is a bouncing-and no doubt bounding-baby boy.
Russell exults in the Dons' NCAA title, after which his track career is put on permanent hold.
Wilt begins the year in high school, ends it as a Jayhawk godsend.
Nashua, with Eddie Arcaro in the saddle, streaks to Horse of the Year honors.
Highway crash: James Dean dies at 24.
Stan Musial is The Man in the All-Star Game, winning it for the National League with a 12th-inning homer.
Jackie Robinson and the Dodgers gave the Yankees fits in the fall classic.
"All you have to do is sit Molotov down between Branch Rickey and Casey Stengel, and in four years Russia will have nothing left but Siberia and a couple of lefthanded pitchers."
—CHICAGO WHITE SOX
FRANK LANE, ON DEALING WITH THE SOVIETS