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

1984

No woman veep, but getting closer. Another Summer Olympics boycott, this time led by the Soviets. A new board-game craze, Trivial Pursuit. The Tigers, 49ers, Celtics, Edmonton, and Georgetown in basketball and BYU in football win titles, but some fans don't notice. They're too busy doing the Wave.

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

INCIDENTALLY
MERGER MONIKER
Now that the Oakland Invaders and the Oklahoma Outlaws of the USFL have agreed to merge, it has been suggested that the combined team be called the Inlaws.

IN SI'S WORDS
HAIL MARY

After Flutie sidestepped Brown, he circled back and around, and was at his 37-yard line when he came forward, planted his left foot and let fly. He said he "really did see Phelan break clear. He was the guy I wanted to get it to. but after I threw the ball. I didn't see anything much until the referee raised his arms. Then, I admit. I couldn't believe it, even when everybody started yelling and picking me up."

Neither could Phelan. Fullington mistimed his leap and was nudged off-balance on the way up by his own man, Sutton, as he also leaped. The ball whistled through their arms. Phelan said. "I saw him misjudge it, and I was thinking. 'Just tip it, keep it in play.' But I was falling and it came down right here [groin level] and when I rolled over, I could see writing on the ground. Colored writing. I was in the end zone!"
—JOHN UNDERWOOD

Eric Dickerson, the Rams' 2,105-yard man.

Ticket to nowhere.

Vanessa Williams: Stripped.

Three big ones, the French, Wimbledon and U.S. Open, for Martina.

Unbeaten since '77, Edwin Moses takes the Olympic 400 hurdles in stride.

Mary Lou: Retton scores big in the all-around.

Mary Ioser: Decker takes a fall in the 3,000.

But the show, in L.A., goes on.

Brash Bill Johnson is king of the downhill in Sarajevo.

Greg Louganis dives for treasure in L.A., recovers two gold medals.

An even bigger gold medal hoard-four of them-for Carl Lewis.

Torvill and Dean-Jayne and Chris to their mates back in Nottingham-ice the Olympic ice-dancing title.

The voters agree.

WE'RE NO. 1: IIie Nastase

Running guru Jim Fixx dies, at 52, while jogging.

The Tigers (above, ace Jack Morris) roar to a 35-5 start.

Doug Flutie to Gerard Phelan; Boston College 47, Miami 45.

FIFTEEN PHOTOSPHOTODAVID BURNETT/CONTACT PRESS IMAGESPHOTOMANNY MILLAN
"I don't understand the questions of things he can answer."
—ED LYNCH, METS PITCHER, MARVELING AT THE ERUDITION OF TEAMMATE RON DARLING, A YALE GRAD