Sportsmen of the Year 1954-2002

December 16, 2002

'50s

1954
ROGER BANNISTER
With love, to Sir Roger, history's first sub-four-minute miler

1955
JOHNNY PODRES
Brooklyn lefty gives Pinstripers the Bums' rush in epic Series

1956
BOBBY MORROW
Two sprint golds put American on top at Down Under Games

1957
STAN MUSIAL
When at the plate, the batting-crown-winning Mr. Cardinal stoops
to conquer

1958
RAFER JOHNSON
Record-breaking decathlete helps thaw Cold War in Moscow

INGEMAR JOHANSSON
1959
Patterson is no Pretty Boy Floyd after KO by Swedish heavyweight

'60s

1960
ARNOLD PALMER
We're in his army now after Arnie wins Masters and U.S. Open

JERRY LUCAS
1961
NCAA finalist Buckeyes are led by center with a memory as sharp
as his aim

1962
TERRY BAKER
Merriwell's not available, so we pick Beavers' golden boy QB

1963
PETE ROZELLE
The Commish, a consummate backroom negotiator who had landed big
TV deal, upholds integrity of NFL by suspending stars Alex
Karras and Paul Hornung for gambling

1964
KEN VENTURI
Heroics at Congressional beat back U.S. Open field and personal
demons

SANDY KOUFAX
1965
Despite arthritic elbow, Cy Young--winning Dodgers lefty has the
right stuff: 27 complete games, a 2.04 ERA and two World Series
shutout victories

1966
JIM RYUN
A year out of high school, Kansas wunderkind shatters mile record

1967
CARL YASTRZEMSKI
Triple Crown winner supplies Yaz-ma-taz for Red Sox Nation

BILL RUSSELL
1968
The thinking man's center had already won nine NBA championships
as a player before moving to the Celtics' bench and winning
another as player-coach

1969
TOM SEAVER
Rise of Mets to world champs is story too Terrific to ignore

'70s

BOBBY ORR
1970
Beantown god redefines "defenseman," leads Bruins to Stanley Cup
sweep

1971
LEE TREVINO
Open-and-shut case: Mex wins U.S., Canadian and British

1972
BILLIE JEAN KING
SI's first Sportswoman shares award with UCLA hoops coach John
Wooden

1973
JACKIE STEWART
World driving champion is also world-class bon vivant

MUHAMMAD ALI
1974
The Greatest beats Joe Frazier in the Garden, rope-a-dopes George
Foreman in the jungle and regains heavyweight title taken from
him seven years earlier

PETE ROSE
1975
The Big Red Machine gets its petrol from the ultimate hustler

1976
CHRIS EVERT
Old school charm helps make her America's Sweetheart

STEVE CAUTHEN
1977
When he was 17, it was a very good year for this jockey: 487
victories

JACK NICKLAUS
1978
No longer Fat Jack, 38-year-old Golden Bear is still the most
feared player on Tour, winning a third British Open title and
earning $256,000

WILLIE STARGELL AND TERRY BRADSHAW
1979
Slugger and quarterback turn Steel Town into Title Town

'80s

U.S. OLYMPIC HOCKEY TEAM
1980
Like everyone else, we believe in miracles, so after coach Herb
Brooks's ragtag team beats the Soviet Union, we give the Lake
Placid wonder boys our yearly gold medal

1981
SUGAR RAY LEONARD
A sweet trifecta: welterweight, junior middleweight champ and
Sportsman

1982
WAYNE GRETZKY
Scoring marks are on thin ice with the Great One at his peak

1983
MARY DECKER
A year before the Fall, distance queen holds seven records

1984
MARY LOU RETTON
Gymnast shares prize with Olympian hurdler Edwin Moses

KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR
1985
The Lakers' Captain Sky Hook is NBA Finals MVP and ours, too,
after rising above Celtics, 4--2

1986
JOE PATERNO
Penn State patriarch wins by doing things the right way

1987
ATHLETES WHO CARE
This group proves good deeds can come from good players

1988
OREL HERSHISER
Dodgers ace's orel dissertation: 59 straight scoreless innings

1989
GREG LEMOND
Le monde de cycling bows to his second Tour de France win

'90s

1990
JOE MONTANA
Notre Dame drama king leads 49ers to fourth Super Bowl win

MICHAEL JORDAN
1991
Tongue-wagging scoring machine and global shoe salesman finally
receives his proper props by leading Bulls to NBA title over
favored Lakers

1992
ARTHUR ASHE
Few athletes transcended sports the way this pioneer did

1993
DON SHULA
Strong chin, strong man--and NFL's winningest coach

1994
BONNIE BLAIR
JOHANN OLAV KOSS
Speed skating champs lower the hammer in Lillehammer

CAL RIPKEN JR.
1995
As strike-impaired national pastime nears strike three with the
public, the Orioles' iron man brings the game back

1996
TIGER WOODS
The Kid Who Would Be King begins to change the face of his game

1997
DEAN SMITH
Once hung in effigy, Tar Heels coach sets NCAA wins record

1998
MARK MCGWIRE
SAMMY SOSA
Bash brothers bring bewitching battle to baseball

U.S. WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM
1999
Nation takes off its collective shirt to salute Brandi Chastain
and our World Cup Wonders

2000s

2000
TIGER WOODS
A Masters short of a Slam, Eldrick is our first two-timer

RANDY JOHNSON AND CURT SCHILLING
2001
Co-MVPs turn on the heat in Diamondbacks' seven-game World Series
win

2002
LANCE ARMSTRONG
Texas Tornado roars to fourth straight Tour de France win

COLOR PHOTO: MARK KAUFFMAN COLOR PHOTO: RICHARD MEEK COLOR PHOTO: PHIL BATH B/W PHOTO: HANK WALKER/TIMEPIX COLOR PHOTO: JOHN G. ZIMMERMAN COLOR PHOTO: MARK KAUFFMAN COLOR PHOTO: TOM ALLEN B/W PHOTO: AP COLOR PHOTO: NEIL BARR COLOR PHOTO: TONY TRIOLO B/W PHOTO: JAMES DRAKE B/W PHOTO: WALTER IOOSS JR. COLOR PHOTO: RICH CLARKSON COLOR PHOTO: FRED KAPLAN
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