In a traditional ceremony at the Union Missionary Baptist Church in Lansing, Mich., Los Angeles Laker guard Magic Johnson to his college sweetheart Earletha (Cookie) Kelly, one year after the couple had canceled nuptials for reasons they've never made public. Dressed in a white dinner jacket, Johnson was flanked by Mark Aguirre and Isiah Thomas of the Detroit Pistons, who served as groomsmen. A crowd of 3,000 gathered outside the church, hoping to glimpse the newlyweds before they limoed to a private reception at Michigan State's Kellogg Center, a block from Jenison Field House, the school's old basketball auditorium. Said guest Silas Taylor, "It might be the best two points Magic ever made."
By Gail Devers-Roberts, a U.S. record in the 100-meter hurdles, with a time of 12.48, at a meet in Berlin, breaking the mark of 12.61 she had shared with Jackie Joyner-Kersee. The record capped a remarkable recovery for Devers-Roberts. Shortly after the 1988 Olympics she was stricken with Graves' disease and underwent thyroid radiation treatment similar to that recently given to President Bush. However, complications nearly forced doctors to amputate her feet. She did not begin full workouts again until last May.
As a wiseguy-type mobster in three one-act Off-Broadway plays collectively entitled Siddown, former lightweight boxing champ Ray (Boom Boom) Mancini. Written and directed by Sam Henry Kass, the brother of Mancini's agent, Siddown depicts the lives of several low-level New York City gangsters. Coincidentally, one of the characters Mancini plays is named Punchy.
To victory in the Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park, In Excess, ridden by jockey Gary Stevens. But Farma Way, owned by George Bunn, inventor of the Bunn-O-Matic coffee machine, added to his cumulative point total with his second-place finish to win the $750,000 bonus prize in the 10-race American Championship Racing Series.
September 22, 1991
Out of retirement by the NHL-expansion San Jose Sharks, former New York Ranger center and 1980 Olympic team forward Mark Pavelich, who hasn't played professional hockey since 1986. The 33-year-old Pavelich had been living in a phoneless camper near Thunder Bay, Ont., when Sharks scout Larry Ross journeyed into the wilderness to sign him. "I can hardly wait to fish in the Pacific Ocean," said Pavelich, an avid sportsman. "But not for sharks."
Australian tennis champion Jack Crawford, 83; after a long illness; in Sydney. Crawford, who learned the game on his father's New South Wales farm, played with a heavy, flat-topped racket long after it had gone out of style. In 1933, Crawford needed only to defeat Fred Perry in the final of the U.S. nationals to complete the sport's first Grand Slam. But during a break in play, Crawford, who was up two sets to one, quaffed a tumbler of iced tea laced with brandy. He then dropped 12 of the next 13 games and the match.