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1979
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, SuperSonics, Canadiens, Magic Johnson's Michigan State and Alabama have all won, Just like I told you they would. This stuff tastes like swill.
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November 15, 1989

1979

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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, SuperSonics, Canadiens, Magic Johnson's Michigan State and Alabama have all won, Just like I told you they would. This stuff tastes like swill.

FACE IN THE CROWD
Greg LeMond
CARSON CITY, NEV. LeMond, 18, the U.S. junior cycling champion, won a gold, a silver and a bronze medal at the Junior World Championships in Buenos Aires to become the first American cyclist to earn three medals in a single world or Olympic competition.

FACE IN THE CROWD
Don Mattingly
Evansville, Ind. Mattingly, 18, an outfielder-pitcher, batted .500 and .552 over the past two seasons to lead Reitz Memorial High to a 59-1 record. He had 140 RBIs in four years for the Tigers, equaling the highest total ever in scholastic baseball.

Buck failure: The Susan B. Anthony dollar.

Billy Martin is fired.

Magic's team beats Indiana State in the NCAA final, but matters between Larry Bird and him are far from settled.

Buc success: Series MVP Willie Stargell.

Meltdown at Three Mile Island.

Chocolate Thunder shower: Darryl Dawkins shatters two glass backboards in 22 days.

RESODDED
Howard Cosell

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