The last decade of the 20th century brought with it the Persian Gulf War, the election of Bill Clinton, and the dawn of the Internet age for the United States. In sports, the women's national soccer team won the first soccer world championship for the country in 128 years, basketball's Dream Team dunked their way to Olympic gold, and for the first time, the World Series was canceled because of a players' strike. 1990–1999, Second Edition explores this decade of firsts, complete with vivid images, handy reference features, and engaging prose for readers interested in sports.
- The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team, playing in Guangzhou, China, in 1991 scores two historic firsts when it wins gold medals in the first women's World Cup Soccer Championship and becomes the first American world champions in soccer since the game was introduced 128 years earlier
- The International Olympic Committee opens men's basketball to pro players in 1992, and the USA Dream Team takes the court, featuring Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, Magic Johnson, and Michael Jordan
- A Major League Baseball players' strike ends the season in August 1994 and erases the World Series for the first time since 1904
- The first Extreme Games, held in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1995 air on ESPN
- Tiger Woods wins the prestigious Master Tournament in 1997 with a record-setting 12-stroke victory.