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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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Point After

1957

In historic firsts, the U.S.S.R. sends Sputnik into space, and blacks attend Central High in Little Rock. Another breakthrough comes when Hank Aaron leads Milwaukee to its first and only World Series win. The Lions, Celtics and Canadiens win too. Ditto North Carolina's basketball team, a triple-OT winner over Kansas in the NCAA final, and in football, Ohio State and Auburn share No. 1.

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

INCIDENTALLY
DUTY FULFILLED
After deep thought, the Buddhist monks of Mount Koya, whose templed mountaintop south of Osaka has long been a shrine for Japanese pilgrims, have now carved out a baseball diamond and ordered bats, balls and uniforms for themselves. "The priestly duty has always made it imperative for us to understand what is uppermost in the secular minds," explained one of Mount Koya's elders. "Baseball is uppermost."

FACE IN THE CROWD
Jack Nicklaus
Jack, husky 17-year-old homebred, made up two-stroke deficit soon after start of final round but had to hang on grimly in face of determined challenge by John Konsek to win (294-296) international Jaycee junior golf title at Columbus.

It's something new called the Frisbee.

Hammerin' Hank pounds out 44 homers and 132 RBIs for the champion Braves.

Larry Joe Bird is nine months old.

Why indeed, SI? Notre Dame snaps Oklahoma's 47-game win streak 7-0.

Heavyweight champ Floyd Patterson earns $250,000 for one fight. One fight!

The Edsel comes in with a promotional bang. Two short years later it will sputter out.

Gotham mourns the imminent loss of its Giants and Dodgers.

A Wimbledon fixture (shown there in '56), Althea Gibson reigns as its first black titlist.

A salary milestone: Ted Williams is baseball's first century man.

EIGHT PHOTOSPHOTOHULTON DEUTSCH COLLECTIONILLUSTRATION
"Mr. Jennings needed work. The university needed his son. It was a worthy cause."
—HARRY G. DAVIS, EXECUTIVE SECRETARY TO KENTUCKY GOVERNOR HAPPY CHANDLER, EXPLAINING WHY THE FATHER OF 6'9" UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY FRESHMAN BASKETBALL PLAYER NED JENNINGS WAS HIRED AS A STATE HIGHWAY INSPECTOR