Almanac: 1989

Top five athletes
1. Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers: 3,521 yards, 70.1%, 26 TD, 8 INTs, Super Bowl MVP.
2. Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls: 32.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists.
3. Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins: 199 points, 85 goals, 114 assists.
4. Jerry Rice, San Francisco 49ers: 82 catches, 1,483 yards, 18.1 avg, 17 TDs.
5. Kevin Mitchell, San Francisco Giants: 47 HRs, 125 RBI, .634 slugging, NL MVP.

Top five teams
1. Detroit Pistons (63-19). Knocked off MJ in East finals and then swept Lakers for title.
2. Oakland A's (99-63). The Bash Brothers were a big hit.
3. Calgary Flames (117 points). Beat 115-point Canadiens to win Stanley Cup.
4. Michigan basketball (30-7). Won 80-79 OT thriller over Seton Hall for NCAA title.
5. San Francisco 49ers (10-6). Montana to Taylor for the Super Bowl win.

Sports moves

  • Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic join the NBA as an expansion teams

  • Toronto Blue Jays into Skydome

  • Use of kicking tees for field goals and PATs banned in college football

    Pop culture trivia
    Oscar winner: Driving Miss Daisy

    Most popular TV show: The Cosby Show

    Top of the Pops: Look Away, Chicago

    Fiction bestseller: "Clear and Present Danger," Tom Clancy

    Nonfiction bestseller: All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things by Robert Fulghum

    Pop culture potpourri: MTV bans Madonna's "Like A Prayer" video; the Berlin Wall comes down; Salman Rushdie publishes "The Satanic Verses," gets death threats after Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini issues a fatwa, goes into hiding; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are huge hit; GPS is launched.