The Year in Sport

From the Sydney Olympics to the Subway Series, performances transcended the playing field

It was a year of impossible dreams fulfilled and operatic passions played out, of fantastic athletic achievement stunning for what it was and stunning for what it meant. When Ben Hogan won three of golf's four major tournaments in 1953, some said it would never be done again. Had you wagered that the next player to do it would be a young American of eclectically mixed race--a bit of white, a bit of black, a lot of Asian--then you would have walked off the course with cash worth counting.

In tennis Pete Sampras set a new record for most majors--13--when he...

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