Utah Jazzman Karl Malone has been named the 1989 Sportsperson of the Year by the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.
"The award is presented annually to the individual who has made the single most significant contribution to Utah sports during the year," said Fred Ball, president and chief executive officer of the chamber. "Karl Malone has not only brought great recognition to the Utah Jazz but to the entire state of Utah as well. We are proud to recognize the Mailman as the 1989 Sportsperson of the Year."Malone will be honored at a banquet Wednesday evening at the Salt Lake Airport Hilton. Jim Buckley, TV Guide Rocky Mountain States advertising sales manager, will be the host.
The Jazz's first-round draft pick out of Louisiana Tech in 1985, Malone was the league's No. 2 scorer and No. 5 rebounder last season, leading Utah to the Midwest Division championship. A two-time member of the NBA All-Star, he was named Most Valuable Player for the 1989 All-Star Game.
Past winners are: Melissa Marlowe and Denise Parker, 1988; Mike Price, 1987; Jason Buck, 1986; Larry Miller, 1985; LaVell Edwards, 1984 and 1974; Steve Young, 1983; Greg Marsden, 1982; Jim McMahon, 1981 and 1980; Marc Wilson, 1979; Wayne Howard, 1978; Jerry Pimm, 1977; Suzie Brasher, 1976; Art Teece, 1975; Steve Odom, 1973; and Zelmo Beatty, 1972.