Almanac: 1985

Top five athletes
1. Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers: 208 points, 73 goals, 6th NHL MVP, playoffs MVP.
2. Dwight Gooden, New York Mets: 24-4, 1.53 ERA, 268 K's, 8 shutouts, Cy Young.
3. Larry Bird, Boston Celtics: 28.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, 6.6 assists, NBA MVP.
4. Magic Johnson: 18.3 points, 12.6 assists, 56% FG, led Lakers to NBA title.
5. Cheryl Miller, Southern Cal: 26.8 points, 15.8 rebounds, Naismith winner.

Top five teams
1. San Francisco 49ers (15-1). Just one loss and demolished 14-2 Dolphins 38-16 in Super Bowl.
2. Los Angeles Lakers (62-20). Lose to Celtics 148-114 in Finals opener but win 4 of next 5.
3. Edmonton Oilers (109 points). Beat 113-point Flyers 4-1 in Stanley Cup Finals.
4. Villanova basketball (25-10). Unranked Wildcats shocked Georgetown in NCAA Championship.
5. Kansas City Royals (91-71). Only World Series win in franchise history.

Sports moves

  • Kansas City Kings to Sacramento

  • NASL, USFL to nowheresville

  • College basketball introduces 45-second clock

    Pop culture trivia
    Oscar winner: Out of Africa

    Most popular TV show: The Cosby Show

    Top of the Pops: Careless Whisper, Wham!

    Fiction bestseller: The Mammoth Hunters, Jean M. Auel

    Nonfiction bestseller: Iacocca: An Autobiography, Lee Iacocca with William Novak

    Pop culture potpourri: Michael J. Fox is Hollywood's biggest superstar with "Back to the Future"; crack, laser printers, Nintendo, AOL debut; "Live Aid" rocks the world; New Coke debuts, becomes biggest flop in marketing history; a few months later, old Coke returns as "Coke Classic."