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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
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1974
1977
1978
1979
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1982
1984
1985
1986
1989
Ali
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Point After

1969

Excitement over a man walking on the moon is tempered by the drowning, on the same weekend, of a young woman at Chappaquiddick. On another weekend, Bill Hartack wins his fifth Kentucky Derby. The Miracle Mets, Celtics, Canadiens, Chiefs and Texas in football and UCLA in basketball come through.

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

FACE IN THE CROWD
Nancy Lopez
Nancy, 12, of Roswell, N. Mex., won the state women's golf championship, defeating medalist Mary Bryan of Portales, 10 and eight. Nancy's 75 on one round was only four strokes off the women's record on the University of New Mexico's course.

IN SI'S WORDS
YOU GOTTA BELIEVE
It was nearing midnight in the Diamond Club four stories above what remained of the playing field at Shea Stadium, and the New York Mets, the most improbable champions in 100 years of professional baseball, gathered in a circle around the bandstand. Swaying back and forth with their arms wrapped around each other, they sang Heart from the musical Damn Yankees....

Next they sang God Bless America. And as the clock struck midnight they turned back into pumpkins.

No, they didn't, not really, for somewhere in the delirious weeks leading up to their victory over Baltimore, the Mets had been touched with permanent magic.
—WILLIAM LEGGETT

INCIDENTALLY
MODEL MIXUP
The first big collegiate football telecast next fall will present Southern Methodist versus the Air Force Academy, the Mustangs against the Falcons. Chevrolet is one of the sponsors.

The festival. The generation. The movie. The Peanuts character.

Jack Nicholson stars in "Easy Rider."

Mets catcher Jerry Grote shares an amazin' moment with battery mate Jerry Koosman.

Family fare.

What Joe Namath promises, Joe Namath delivers. Jets 16, Colts 7.

Taiwan wins the Little League World Series, the first of many.

PINUP
Jim Brown

Small step, giant leap.

NINE PHOTOS
"I'll take you and a player to be named later."
—DICK RADATZ, 6'6" EXPO, TO FREDDIE PATEK, 5'6" PIRATE, DURING A FIGHT BETWEEN THE TWO TEAMS