Almanac: 1998

Top five athletes
1. Mark McGwire, St. Louis Cardinals: 70 HRs, 147 RBI, .299, 130 runs, .752 slugging.
2. Terrell Davis, Denver Broncos: 2,008 yards rushing, 5.1 average, 23 TDs, NFL MVP.
3. Michael Jordan: 28.7 points, MVP, Finals MVP for sixth time.
4. Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres: 2.09 GAA, 13 SHO, NHL MVP, led Czech Republic to Olympic gold.
5. Jeff Gordon: Won 13 times in 33 races, 7 poles, 3rd points title in 4 years.

Top five teams
1. New York Yankees (114-48). Tie AL record for wins and then sweep World Series.
2. Tennessee women's hoops (39-0). Chamique Holdsclaw led the best of Pat Summitt's title teams.
3. Tennessee football (13-0). A banner year for the Vols.
4. Denver Broncos (12-4). In fourth try, John Elway finally gets his Super Bowl ring.
5. Chicago Bulls (62-20). Jordan goes in style (for second time) with sixth NBA championship.

Sports moves

  • Expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays begin play at Tropicana Field

  • Expansion Arizona Diamondbacks begin play at Bank One Ballpark

  • Baltimore Ravens into PSINet Stadium

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers into Raymond James Stadium

  • Florida Panthers into Office Depot Center

  • Tennessee Oilers to Nashville from Memphis

  • Expansion Nashville Predators begin play in NHL

  • ABL goes out of business

    Pop culture trivia
    Oscar winner: Shakespeare in Love

    Most popular TV show: ER

    Top of the Pops: Too Close, Next

    Fiction bestseller: The Street Lawyer, John Grisham

    Nonfiction bestseller: The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom, Suze Orman

    Pop culture potpourri: Last episode of "Seinfeld" draws 76 million viewers, all of them suckers who expected at least a decent show; Monica Lewinsky becomes a household name, especially in the White Household; Viagra lifts off after FDA approval.