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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

1988

Tyson KO's Michael Spinks in 91 seconds. Bush takes out Dukakis in something like 91 seconds. Wrigley Field gets lights, Ben Johnson gets DQ'd, Orel Hershiser's Dodgers win, as do the 49ers, Lakers and Oilers. Lou Holtz celebrates at Notre Dame and the NBA-bound Larry Brown rejoices at Kansas—for, oh, maybe 91 seconds.

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

INCIDENTALLY
AN AMERICAN HERO

Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio? The young viewers of Kid's Choice, a show on the Nickelodeon cable-TV network, selected a male athlete of the year. Their choice was Hulk Hogan.

IN SI'S WORDS
THE LOSER

In late May, Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson traveled to the Caribbean island of St. Kitts to be treated by his doctor. Jamie Astaphan. Ten days before, he had aggravated a pulled left hamstring, which could have ruined his gold medal chances at the Seoul Olympics. Astaphan administered a variety of therapies during the next 10 days. On Tuesday two sources told SPORTS ILLUSTRATED that Astaphan also injected Johnson with anabolic steroids. SI's sources said that they were present during conversations in which both Johnson and Astaphan spoke of the different steroids Johnson was being given and how Johnson could fool the doping tests in Seoul and at other meets that he might enter before the Olympics. "We can beat them," Astaphan said.

Happy 50th birthday, Superman.

Read his lips.

Billy Martin is fired.

Steffi Graf: grand serve, grand volley, Grand Slam.

A bubbly moment for Pat Riley and Magic, whose Lakers are the first repeat NBA champion since '69.

Endangered Eagle.

A new bride (actress Janet Jones) and new uniform (L.A. Kings) for the Great One.

For Greg Louganis, two gold medals-but also five stitches.

Outpointed in an Olympic bantamweight bout, Korean boxer Byun Jong Il makes his point with a 67-minute sit-in.

Katarina captivates Calgary.

Naim Suleymanoglu of Turkey breaks six world records in the Summer Games.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee soars to victory in the Olympic long jump and heptathlon.

Flo-Jo nails the 100 and 200 in Seoul.

In Seoul, Johnson flies in the 100, flops on the drug test. (Photograph by Ronald C. Modra)

ILLUSTRATION©DC COMICSFOURTEEN PHOTOS
"I called the doctor and he told me the contraptions were an hour apart."
—MACKEY SASSER, NEW YORK METSCATCHER, ON HOW HE KNEW HIS WIFE WAS IN LABOR
"He's won more titles at more weights than Sugar Ray Leonard."
—BROADCASTER JOHN BRODIE, ON THE EVER-CHANGING GIRTH OF GOLFER BILLY CASPER