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Muhammad Ali Cover - Sports Illustrated November 15, 1989

November 15, 1989 | Donald J. Barr
The special anniversary issue you hold in your hands has been 35 years in the making. Since SI's debut on Aug. 16, 1954, the world of sports has changed dramatically. In '54 there were 42...

November 15, 1989
Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy assassinated. Tet offensive. Kids versus cops at the Democratic Convention. On the sports pages, discus man Al Oerter wins his fourth Olympic gold, and Heidi...

November 15, 1989
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...

November 15, 1989
A new wrinkle in air travel: skyjacking. A new spectacle in the streets: bra burning. A new treat for football junkies: Monday nights. The Boston Bruins and UCLA's basketball Bruins win...

November 15, 1989
Americans go to China to play table tennis, Alan Shepard goes to the moon to tee off and The New York Times goes to press with the Pentagon Papers. Lee Trevino wins the U.S. and British opens,...

November 15, 1989
At home, Richard Nixon is reelected in a landslide despite indications of a Watergate cover-up. Abroad, Munich is the scene of an Olympic bloodbath. In happier sports news, the A's, Bruins, Lakers...

November 15, 1989
Gone are U.S. troops from Vietnam and 18 minutes of White House tape. Also gone is Bobby Riggs, dispatched by Billie Jean King in a "Battle of the Sexes" extravaganza. Very much present are the...

November 15, 1989
Sadness and relief as a disgraced President becomes an ex-President. Shock and bafflement as Patty Hearst becomes a bank robber. Jubilation and disgust as the Broad Street Bullies become the NHL...

November 15, 1989
Saigon falls, Jimmy Hoffa disappears, and President Ford dodges two assassination attempts. As comic relief, Saturday Night Live has its debut, and streakers dash here, there and everywhere. Other...

November 15, 1989
A bicentennial parade of stats: Carter, 297 electoral votes; Ford, 240. Six million view the Tall Ships in New York. Mark (the Bird) Fidrych wins 19 games, talks to 329 balls. Indiana's NCAA...

November 15, 1989
Audiences are transfixed by Star Wars on the big screen, Roots on the small screen and Annie on the stage. Horseplayers cheer Steve Cauthen, whose mounts earn $6 million plus. Bravo to the...

November 15, 1989
A get-together at Camp David ends happily, a gathering in Jonestown in tragedy. Saturday-night fever rages, and Bucky Dent gives the Red Sox a Monday-afternoon headache. Besides Dent's Yankees,...

November 15, 1989
The gas station lines are long, so let's stay home and watch TV. Tractor-pull competition on this new ESPN channel. Open me a Billy Beer, will you? Hey, I see where the Pirates, Steelers,...

November 15, 1989
Bing Crosby's daughter (it now can be told) shoots J.R. Less suspensefully, Ronald Reagan routs Jimmy Carter, whose decision it was to boycott the Moscow Olympics. The Phillies, Raiders, Lakers...

November 15, 1989
On Ronald Reagan's first day in office, Iran releases the U.S. hostages. On his 69th day, he is shot. That night, Indiana wins the NCAA basketball title. Baseball is also played under a cloud, the...

November 15, 1989
War in the Falklands, cyanide in the Tylenol, Israel in Lebanon, toxic waste in the ground, Dustin Hoffman in drag, Michael Jordan's shot in the basket, Gordon John-cock in a close one. The...

November 15, 1989
Korean Air Lines flight 007 is shot down, a barracks in Beirut is blown up, and a war in Grenada is over almost before it begins. Cabbage Patch Kids are born, and a pair of Bears—Bryant and...

November 15, 1989
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...

November 15, 1989
Rock Hudson dies, heightening awareness of AIDS. Mikhail Gorbachev comes to power, portending sweeping change in Eastern Europe. Pete Rose passes Ty Cobb on the hit parade. Trophies for the...

November 15, 1989
The Challenger explosion and the meltdown at Chernobyl shock the world. The bombing of Libya stirs controversy. Mr. Insider (trader Ivan Boesky) and Mr. Outsider (the deposed Ferdinand Marcos) get...

November 15, 1989
Oliver North, Gary Hart and Jim Bakker are sidelined by scandals. SMU's football team is sidelined by one, too. A strike sidelines NFL players, but replacement games are played. Sugar Ray Leonard...

November 15, 1989
Tyson KO's Michael Spinks in 91 seconds. Bush takes out Dukakis in something like 91 seconds. Wrigley Field gets lights, Ben Johnson gets DQ'd, Orel Hershiser's Dodgers win, as do the 49ers,...

November 15, 1989
Tremors shake the Bay Area. Oil fouls Alaska's waters. Troops crush the Tiananmen students. Reform rocks Eastern Europe. Baseball bans a legend. Batman makes a bundle. Zsa Zsa slaps a cop. The...

November 15, 1989 | Gary Smith

November 15, 1989 | Ron Fimrite
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November 15, 1989 | Ron Fimrite
MILE OF THE CENTURYVANCOUVER, B.C.

November 15, 1989 | Ron Fimrite
At the Country Club of Detroit—the final match of the 54th annual United States Amateur championship...there was Arnold Palmer, 24, a compact five foot eleven, seven months out of the Coast Guard,...

November 15, 1989 | Rick Reilly
ON SI's 100TH BIRTHDAY, FANS WILL BEHOLD UPHILL SKIING AND 14-FOOT HOOPS. CAN INDIAN OCEAN BEAT DETRAGO? YOU MUST BE ZMUNKING

November 15, 1989
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November 15, 1989 | Kenny Moore
COMPETING TRANSFORMS, OFTEN FOR THE BETTER, THOSE IT TOUCHES

November 15, 1989
Some things are fixed—TV quiz shows, for instance. Others are broken, like the Brooklyn Dodgers' 65-year string without winning a World Series. The Bums are joined in victory by the Browns, Red...

November 15, 1989
Curtain calls for My Fair Lady, squeals for Elvis and tears for Hungary. And so long to Rocky Marciano, a ring champ who actually retires—unbeaten—and never unretires. The Yankees, Canadiens,...

November 15, 1989
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...

November 15, 1989
We watch Leave It to Beaver, listen to the Kingston Trio and hear about a rebel named Castro at large in Cuba. Willie Shoemaker begins a seven-year run as the top money-winning jock. Football...

November 15, 1989
The Hula Hoop is all the rage, and, no, it did not originate in Hawaii, our newest state. In other hoop news, West Virginia's Jerry West and the St. Louis Hawks' Bob Pettit are the top scorers,...

November 15, 1989
Worry, worry. Is doing the Twist bad for the back? Will the Pill promote promiscuity? Is it safe to shower? (Surely you saw Psycho.) And how do you pitch Maz? The Yankees blow that one, and the...

November 15, 1989
Up goes the Berlin Wall. Down go the Bay of Pigs invaders. Around goes Yuri Gagarin. On top are the Blackhawks, Celtics, Packers and the potent Yankees, whom some compare favorably to the '27...

November 15, 1989 | Steve Wulf

November 15, 1989
Heeeee-ere's Johnny! And here, alas, is the Cuban missile crisis. And the death of 36-year-old Marilyn Monroe. The Pack is back as champions, and so are the Yankees, the Celtics and, in college...

November 15, 1989
A nation grieves and a little boy salutes after a young president is slain in Dallas. A Washington throng—and generations to come—share Martin Luther King's dream. On the playing fields, the...

November 15, 1989
I Want to Hold Your Hand. The Civil Rights Act and the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. She Loves You. Zip Codes. Can't Buy Me Love. Clay beats Liston for the heavyweight crown. The Cardinals, Browns,...

November 15, 1989
Watts explodes even as, in Hollywood, the hills are alive with The Sound of Music. More news with an L.A. dateline: The Dodgers win the World Series and UCLA is No. 1 in NCAA basketball. The...

November 15, 1989
When Uncle Sam calls, some say hell no, they won't go. When Kirk gives the word, Scotty beams him up. When Red Auerbach retires, Bill Russell becomes modern pro sports' first black head coach....

November 15, 1989
The Middle East is embroiled in the Six-Day War, and Haight-Ashbury is awash in hippies. The champion 76ers are hailed as possibly the NBA's best ever—Chamberlain, Walker, Jackson, Greer,...