Almanac: 1997


Top five athletes
1. Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers: 3,867 yards, 35 TDs, co-NFL MVP.
2. Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls: 29.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, Finals MVP for fifth time.
3. Roger Clemens, Toronto Blue Jays: 21-7, 2.05 ERA, 264 IP, 292 K's, Cy Young.
4. Barry Sanders, Detroit Lions: 2,053 yards rushing, 6.1 average, 14 TDs, co-MVP.
5. Mike Piazza, Los Angeles Dodgers: 40 HRs, 124 RBI, .362, .638 slugging.

Top five teams
1. Green Bay Packers (13-3). The Pack is Back with Super Bowl win over New England.
2. Chicago Bulls (69-13). MJ goes 5 for 5 in NBA titles, as Bulls knock off Utah in 6.
3. Michigan football (12-0). Wolverines share national title with ...
4. Nebraska football (13-0). Cornhuskers win third title in four seasons.
5. Detroit Red Wings (94 points). First Stanley Cup win since 1955.

Sports moves

  • Cleveland Browns to Baltimore as the Baltimore Ravens

  • Houston Oilers to Memphis as the Tennessee Oilers

  • MLB introduces regular season interleague play

  • Hartford Whalers move and become the Carolina Hurricane

  • WNBA begins play

  • Atlanta Braves into Turner Field

  • Washington Redskins into FedEx Field

  • Washington Wizards and Capitals into MCI Center

    Pop culture trivia
    Oscar winner: Titanic

    Most popular TV show: Seinfeld

    Top of the Pops: Candle In The Wind 1997, Elton John

    Fiction bestseller: The Partner, John Grisham

    Nonfiction bestseller: Angela's Ashes, Frank McCourt

    Pop culture potpourri: "Titanic" and "Harry Potter" splash onto the scene; body painting becomes big; Dolly, a sheep, is first cloned mammal; Princess Di killed in tragic crash; Ellen comes out; DVD players debut; Barbie's waist expands, breasts shrink.