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Since its inception in 1954, Sports Illustrated magazine has annually presented the "Sportsman of the Year" award to "the athlete or team whose performance that year most embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and achievement." A majority of the winners have been American, but non-Americans are also eligible, and have won on a number of occasions. The award's trophy, a ceramic urn depicting Greek athletes, has been given to the following recipients: 1954 was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... July 1999 cover showing soccer star Brandi Chastain Sports Illustrated is a popular weekly American sports magazine owned by media giant Time Warner. ...

Year Winner Sport Achievement

1954 Roger Bannister Track and field First sub-four-minute mile
1955 Johnny Podres Baseball World Series MVP
1956 Bobby Joe Morrow Track and field Double Olympic gold medalist
1957 Stan Musial Baseball National League batting champion
1958 Rafer Johnson Track and field Decathlon world record
1959 Ingemar Johansson Boxing World heavyweight champion
1960 Arnold Palmer Golf PGA Player of the Year
1961 Jerry Lucas College basketball Final Four MVP
1962 Terry Baker College football Heisman Trophy winner
1963 Pete Rozelle Professional football NFL expansion
1964 Ken Venturi Golf US Open Champion
1965 Sandy Koufax Baseball Cy Young Award, Strikeout record
1966 Jim Ryun Track and field Mile world record
1967 Carl Yastrzemski Baseball Triple Crown winner
1968 Bill Russell Professional basketball NBA champion player-coach
1969 Tom Seaver Baseball Cy Young Award
1970 Bobby Orr Hockey NHL MVP
1971 Lee Trevino Golf PGA Player of the Year
1972 Billie Jean King Tennis Three major titles
  John Wooden College basketball NCAA champion coach
1973 Jackie Stewart Auto racing Formula One World Champion
1974 Muhammad Ali Boxing World heavyweight champion
1975 Pete Rose Baseball World Series MVP
1976 Chris Evert Tennis Two major titles
1977 Steve Cauthen Horse racing Most Outstanding Jockey
1978 Jack Nicklaus Golf British Open champion
1979 Terry Bradshaw Professional football Super Bowl MVP
  Willie Stargell Baseball World Series MVP
1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team Hockey Olympic gold medalists
1981 Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing World welterweight champion
1982 Wayne Gretzky Hockey NHL MVP
1983 Mary Decker Track and field Double world champion
1984 Edwin Moses Track and field Olympic gold medalist
  Mary Lou Retton Gymnastics Olympic gold medalist
1985 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Professional basketball Playoff MVP
1986 Joe Paterno College football NCAA champion coach
1987 "Athletes Who Care":    
  Bob Bourne Hockey Helped handicapped children's school
  Judi Brown King Track and field Helped abused children
  Kip Keino Track and field Cared for orphaned children
  Dale Murphy Baseball Charity spokesman
  Chip Rives College football Helped needy children
  Patty Sheehan Golf Helped abused girls
  Rory Sparrow Professional basketball Helped school children
  Reggie Williams Professional football Helped high school students
1988 Orel Hershiser Baseball Cy Young Award, World Series MVP
1989 Greg LeMond Cycling Tour de France winner
1990 Joe Montana Professional football Three-time Super Bowl MVP
1991 Michael Jordan Professional basketball NBA MVP
1992 Arthur Ashe Tennis Supported humanitarian causes
1993 Don Shula Professional football Winningest NFL coach
1994 Bonnie Blair Speed skating Double Olympic gold medalist
  Johann Olav Koss Speed skating Triple Olympic gold medalist
1995 Cal Ripken, Jr. Baseball Consecutive games record
1996 Tiger Woods Golf US Amateur, NCAA champion
1997 Dean Smith College basketball Winningest college coach
1998 Mark McGwire Baseball Single-season home run record
  Sammy Sosa Baseball National League MVP
1999 U.S. Women's Soccer Team Soccer World Cup champions
2000 Tiger Woods Golf Three major championships
2001 Curt Schilling Baseball Co-World Series MVP
  Randy Johnson Baseball Cy Young Award, Co-World Series MVP
2002 Lance Armstrong Cycling Tour de France winner
2003 David Robinson Professional basketball Two-time NBA champion
  Tim Duncan Professional basketball NBA MVP, Playoff MVP
2004 Boston Red Sox Baseball 2004 World Series champions

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Shula was the 1993 Sportsman of the Year Donald Francis Shula (born January 4, 1930 in Grand River, Ohio) is an American former professional football coach in the National Football League. ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... Bonnie Kathleen Blair (b. ... Gaetan Boucher training for the 1976 Olympics Speed skating or speedskating is a form of ice skating in which the competitors attempt to travel a certain distance over the ice as quickly as possible. ... The XVII Olympic Winter Games were held in 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway. ... Johann Olav Koss (born October 29, 1968, in Drammen) is a Norwegian speed skater, considered to be one of the best in history. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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First International Italy 1 - 0 USA (Jesolo, Italy; 18 August 1985) Largest win USA 12 - 0 Mexico (Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 18 April 1991) USA 12 - 0 Martinique (Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 20 April 1991) Worst defeat Norway 4 - 1 USA (Lagos, Portugal; 19 March 1998) Canada 3 - 0 USA... Football is a ball game played between two teams of eleven players, each attempting to win by scoring more goals than their opponent. ... The FIFA Womens World Cup 1999 was held in the United States and won by the host team. ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Major Championships, often referred to simply as the Majors are the four most prestigious annual tournaments in mens professional golf. ... 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Curt Schilling is known for his hatred of the New York Yankees, whom his teams have beaten twice in playoff series. ... 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