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Nov. 15, 1989
Nov. 15, 1989

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Nov. 15, 1989

SI At 35
1954
  • THERE HAVE BEEN GOATS AS WELL AS HEROES, AND AS MANY LOSERS AS WINNERS, BUT THE THREE-AND-A-HALF DECADES SINCE ROGER BANNISTER'S EPOCHAL FOUR-MINUTE MILE (LEFT), ON MAY 6, 1954, HAVE BEEN WONDROUSLY RICH IN ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENT. THE FOLLOWING PAGES PROVIDE A YEAR-BY-YEAR CHRONICLE, BEGINNING WITH RON FIMRITE'S FOND AND EVOCATIVE LOOK BACK AT '54.

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Ali
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Point After

1958

We watch Leave It to Beaver, listen to the Kingston Trio and hear about a rebel named Castro at large in Cuba. Willie Shoemaker begins a seven-year run as the top money-winning jock. Football victors, the Colts and LSU; basketball, St. Louis and Kentucky; baseball, the Yankees; hockey, the Canadiens.

This is an article from the Nov. 15, 1989 issue

IN SI'S WORDS
ONE GREAT GAME

The Colts took over on their own 20. Unitas, mixing runs and passes carefully and throwing the ball wonderfully true under the pressure, moved them downfield surely. The big maneuver sent Ameche up the middle on a trap play that brought him through the overanxious Giant line for 23 yards to the Giant 20. From there Unitas threw to the ubiquitous Berry for a first down on the New York eight, and three plays later Baltimore scored to end the game. Just before the touchdown a deliriously happy Baltimore football fan raced onto the field during a timeout and sailed 80 yards, bound for the Baltimore huddle, before the police secondary intercepted him and hauled him to the sideline. He was grinning with idiot glee, and the whole city of Baltimore sympathized with him. One Baltimore fan, listening on his auto radio, ran into a telephone pole when Myhra kicked the tying field goal, and 30,000 others waited to greet the returning heroes.

Berry, a thin, tired-looking youngster still dazed with the victory, seemed to speak for the team and for fans everywhere after the game.

"It's the greatest thing that ever happened," he said.
—TEX MAULE

FACE IN THE CROWD
Bobby Fischer
Bobby, a 14-year-old from Brooklyn who has become as skillful at endgame play as in midgame strategy, held international grand master Samuel Reshevsky to a draw, went on to add U.S. chess title to national open, in New York.

Roy Campanella is paralyzed in a car crash.

A stamp will now cost you four cents.

It's over! Alan Ameche scores from the one in OT.

Carmen Basilio is pummeled by Sugar Ray Robinson, the middleweight champ a record fifth time.

Bob Pettit pours in 50 as St. Louis nips Boston in the deciding game of the NBA championship.

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