SEASON: 42 | YEAR: 1990

Game 379 | January 4, 1990 | Mike Lynn
The Vikings, with Herschel Walker in the fold for the entire season, were a popular choice to show marked improvement in 1990. Lynn, who shocked the football world with the Walker trade, explained to Dunkers his reasoning for making Dallas an offer they couldn't refuse. In 11 games with the Vikings in 1989 Walker rushed for 669 yards and five touchdowns.

Game 380 | February 8 | 1990 | Gene Larkin, Kevin Tapani, Gary Wayne
This Twins team finished 14 games below .500 and 29 games out of first place, showing little indication of what was to come a year later. Larkin hit .269 with 5 home runs and 42 RBIs. Tapani was the only pitcher with double-figure wins, finishing 12-8. Wayne was 1-1 in 38 short relief appearances.

Game 381 | March 1, 1990 | John Anderson, Chris Voelz
Dan Wilson and Brian Raabe were first-team All Americans, and Brent Gates was a second-team All American on one of Anderson's best teams. They finished 36-24-1, losing to Illinois and Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament. Voelz, who had worked closely with Men's Athletic Director Rick Bay at Oregon, succeeded Merrily Dean Baker as Director of Women's Athletics at Minnesota in 1988 and held that position for the next 14 years.

Game 382 | March 13, 1990 | Randy Breuer
A veteran of seven NBA seasons, the 7-3 Breuer came to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a trade with Milwaukee 30 games into the T'Wolves' first season, averaging 10 points per game. A four-year collegiate star for the Minnesota Gophers, Breuer became known to Minnesota basketball fans at an early age, leading his Lake City High School team to two state titles.

Game 383 | May 8, 1990 | Lesley Stahl
A White House correspondent during the presidencies of Jimmy Carter; Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, served as the moderator of Face the Nation from 1983 to 1991. She joined the staff of CBS' Sixty Minutes in 1991.

(LtoR) Norm McGrew, Warren Spannaus (physician), Lesley Stahl, Steve Goldstein

Game 384 | May 29, 1990 | Brooks Robinson
Along with Jon Miller, Robinson was one of the television broadcasters for Baltimore Oriole games in 1990. On this visit to Minnesota he dazzled Dunkers with a description of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the Orioles' new home that would open in 1992.

Game 385 | June 8, 1990 | Howard Baldwin, Bobby Clarke
The Gund brothers were awarded an NHL expansion team in San Jose, and they sold their interest in the North Stars to Morris Belzberg and Baldwin, a movie producer who was one of the founders of the World Hockey League. Baldwin became president of the North Stars and, in his first move, hired future Hall of Famer Bobby Clarke as the team's general manager; replacing Jack Ferriera, who moved on to San Jose.

Game 386 | June 19, 1990 | David Hill
It was Hill who had been so critical of Hazeltine National Golf Club when the club hosted the 1970 U.S. National, won by Tony Jacklin. With the 1991 Open coming back to Hazeltine, Hill was invited back for Media Day. He joked about his observation that all the course was lacking was "80 acres of corn and a few cows," and said that Hazeltine had matured nicely over the past 20 years.

Game 387 | June 21, 1990 | Carl Lewis
Winner of nine Olympic gold medals, Lewis was a dominant sprinter and long jumper who dominated the track and f1eld scene in the 1980s and early 1990s. He was named "Olympian of the Century" by Sports Illustrated. He retired as the only man to successfully defend an Olympic 100-meter title.

Game 388 | July 12, 1990 | Fay Vincent
After the sudden death of Bart Giamatti, Vincent was elected the eighth commissioner of Major League Baseball. He held that job from 1989-1992 when he was succeeded by Bud Selig. A majority of owners, including Twins owner Carl Pohlad, lacked confidence in Vincent and voted to oust him after just three years.

(LtoR) Steve Goldstein, Norm McGrew, Fay Vincent, Warren Spannaus, Carl Pohlad (physician)

Game 389 | July 25, 1990 | Jerry Burns
Without its top draft choices because of the Herschel Walker trade, the Vikings dropped to a 6-10 record in 1990, losing their last four games of the season. Rich Gannon took over at quarterback, and Walker led the team in rushing with 770 yards.

Game 390 | August 16, 1990 | Paul Tagliabue
It was quite a year for the Dunkers when Tagliabue became the second of three commissioners to address the group. With Jim Finks the odds-on favorite to succeed Pete Rozelle, it was Tagliabue, the league's attorney, who got the owners' nod. Never one to seek the spotlight, Tagliabue served for 16 years, during which time he avoided strikes and lockouts while overseeing the building of 17 new stadiums.

(LtoR) Waren Spannaus, Norm McGrew, Steve Goldstein, Mike Lynn, Paul Tagliabue

Game 391 | September 6, 1990 | John Gutekunst
The football Gophers started the season 4-2 and finished with a 6-5 record. They went 5-3 in the Big Ten and finished sixth. Center Chris Thome was named to the All Big Ten team while Sean Lumpkin and Mike Sunvold made the second team.

Game 392 | September 19, 1990 | David Wheaton
Born in Minneapolis, Wheaton won the Minnesota State High School league singles tennis title in 1984 as a ninth grader. In 1987 he won the U.S. Junior title and the next year helped lead his Stanford team to the NCAA championship. He turned pro in 1988, won his first singles' title in 1990 and finished runner up in the 1990 U.S. Open Men's doubles.

Game 393 | October 2, 1990 | Norm Green, Bobby Clarke, Bob Gainey, Bobby Smith
With Green purchasing a majority of the ownership, Clarke hired the recently retired Gainey as his head coach. Led by Neal Broten, Dave Gagner, Mike Modano and the 32-year-old Smith, the team responded to Gainey's coaching and advanced all the way to the sixth game of the Stanley Cup finals before losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Game 394 | October 16, 1990 | Clem Haskins, Doug Woog
With only Bloomington native Kevin Lynch as a returning starter, Haskins' Gopher basketball team struggled to a 12-16 record and ninth-place finish in 1990-91. Woog's hockey Gophers finished 30-10-5, losing to Maine in the NCAA playoffs. Tom Newman and Jeff Stolp alternated at goaltender, and Larry Olimb, Grant Bischof and Trent Klatt led the team in scoring.

Game 395 | November 5, 1990 | Mark McCormack
An American sports and celebrity marketing entrepreneur, McCormack founded International Marketing Group to handle the commercial affairs of many athlete and celebrity clients. He signed golfer Arnold Palmer as his first client, and in 1986 wrote the bestseller, What They Don't Teach You at Harvard Business School.

Game 396 | November 8, 1990 | David Stern
In 1984 Stern became the fourth commissioner of the National Basketball Association. By 2002 he had seen the league grow from 23 to 30 teams, expand into Canada while televising its games in countries throughout the world. He was the third commissioner to speak to Dunkers that year.

(LtoR) Steve Goldstein, Norm McGrew, David Stern, Bob Stein

Game 397 | December 6, 1990 | Greg LeMond
A native of California and a resident of Medina, Minnesota, LeMond won bicycling's Tour de France in 1986, 1989 and 1990. He retired from racing in 1994 and later operated a restaurant called Tour de France at 49th and France Av. S. in Edina.


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