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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.

1955
1957
1958
1961
1964
1965
1967
1968
1969
1970
1972
1973
1974
1977
1978
1979
1980
1982
1984
1985
1986
1989
Ali
2054
Point After

1976

A bicentennial parade of stats: Carter, 297 electoral votes; Ford, 240. Six million view the Tall Ships in New York. Mark (the Bird) Fidrych wins 19 games, talks to 329 balls. Indiana's NCAA basketball champs go 32-0. The Reds, Raiders, Celtics, Canadiens and Tony Dorsett's Pitt Panthers also put up winning numbers.

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

IN SI'S WORDS
A SPECIAL CHILD

There are so many athletes at the Olympics and so many winners, but in the first week there was only one star, a child named Nadia Comaneci. She has a lean boy's body that responds to all her demands and a valentine face with straight, dark eyebrows that pierce it like Cupid's arrow. Her lips are faint and thin, lost beneath dusky, soulful eyes that caused many of those who studied her to imagine that she must be some brooding, mysterious Carpathian princess....

She was superbly cast for the moment, bursting upon the world with the first perfect Olympic gymnastic score, a 10.0, on the first day of competition, thereby dramatically ridding Montreal of much of the rancor and turmoil of international politics. Nadia Comaneci (Nad-ya Koh-ma-netch) was brilliant and beguiling, and because of her youth a great sense of hope and history was instantly attached to her.
—FRANK DEFORD

INCIDENTALLY
WAR ON ICE
The Philadelphia Flyers' reputation for roughness on ice is hitting home. As a local TV sportscaster told of a brawl between the Flyers and the Atlanta Flames, the film clip showed a scene from the Angola civil war.

Andy Messersmith is baseball's first free agent.

Downhill gold for daredevil Franz Klammer at Innsbruck.

Decathlon gold for heartthrob Bruce Jenner in Montreal.

Prince markets a king-sized racket.

WE'RE NO. 1
Nelson Rockefeller

The NBA absorbs four ABA teams and, not least, Dr. J.

Fidrych and a feathered friend.

A Super catch by the Steelers' Lynn Swann.

EIGHT PHOTOSILLUSTRATION
"Now that I'm in Detroit I'd like to change my name to Abdul Automobile."
—M.L. CARR, DETROIT PISTON FORWARD