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Historical Sports Events That Changed The World

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Sports has its own way to approach the humankind and its very much conventional. Witnessing history that draws us to the sports and always demands more to show up. All we can see in the media may be scripted and can be predetermined in most of the cases but in sports in all in an all type unpredictable. A true fan knows that how it magnets to be with their true passions. Sports used to heal peoples with historical events happening all around.

In that note, here we have discussed 20 incidents that have an alluring memory in the history of the sports.

1. 100 Points in a Single Game

100 Points in a Single Game Historical Sports Events That Changed The World

The playoff between Philadelphia Warriors and the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962, claims a history. Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points a gold medal for his team. And he was known as a hero from then in not only his fans but also everyone’s eyes.It was a great historical event to watch again and again.

2. Controversial Goal by Diego Maradona

Controversial Goal by Diego Maradona

In 1986 Argentina’s World Cup quarter-final against England in Mexico, became one of the most famous games in football history thanks to one man. Diego Maradona reached the peak of his popularity after an infamous handball that he made during this match. But while Maradona’s second goal of the game encapsulated his brilliance obviously.

3. Eight Medals In One Olympics Event

Eight Medals In One Olympics Event

During the 2008 Summer Olympics, greatest swimmer and athlete Michael Phelps won a total of eight gold medals. It is a record of the highest number of medals winning in a single event. Before this record, there was a record of having 7 medals by Mark splitz.

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4. Germany’s Victory in the 1954 World Cup

Germany’s Victory in the 1954 World Cup

After the second world war, some historians ascribe this match as a lasting impact on both German and Hungarian post World War II history because of the match aspects. The game was played in 4th July 1954 in Switzerland. The game was also known as “The Miracle of Bern”.

5. Infamous Headbutt of Zidane

Infamous Headbutt of Zidane

In 2006, at Germany world cup final Germany and Italy were locked into 1-1, in the extra time, Zinedine Zidane who was playing his last match as a player, wandered past Azzurri defender Marco Materazzi for some personal reasons and that has become the most viral news on the 2006 world cup. Italy has won the final with 5-3 on penalties.

6. Jackie Robinson’s Way to Brooklyn Dodgers

Jackie Robinson’s Way to Brooklyn Dodgers

Jack Roosevelt Robinson was a professional baseball player who was the first African American player who played in major league baseball in modern time. he had broken the color line when Brooklyn Dodgers started him at 1947. They opened the end of racial segregation in professional baseball that had relegated black players to negro leagues from the 1880s. Do you know what ? this incredible baseball player had a 10 years career in MLB ( Major League baseball )

7. Jesse Owen’s Debunking of Aryan Myth

Jesse Owen’s Debunking of Aryan Myth Historical Sports Events That Changed The World

The world in 1936 was nearly as fractured as it would become less than a decade later and in Germany, Hitler was given a propaganda item in the lead up in election and racism was one of it. On his second and third jumps of the finals, Owens became the first and second person to break the 26-foot barrier who literally broke the Aryan Myth.

8. King Beats Riggs in Support of Women

King Beats Riggs in Support of Women

Sometimes in May in 1973, Riggs, a 55-year-old former tennis champion believed he could make more money by challenging a female tennis player at the top of her game to a match and he did it. This victory certainly led Riggs to continue about his perfect victory and even taunted female tennis players.

9. Last Second Kickoff

Last Second Kickoff  Historical Sports Events That Changed The World

University of California Golden Bears and the Stanford University Cardinal had a face to face on November 20, 1982, based on a college football game. This made victory after a last-second kickoff return. This game was epic and that crowd rarely seemed in these types of games even in nowadays.

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10. Michael Jordan’s Final Basket

Michael Jordan’s Final Basket

Who is the best basketball player? If you know this game, most probably you will come up with this name Michael Jordan. In NBA finals 1998 his team Chicago Bulls was in a lead of 3-2 but on a gross, they were trailed 86-85 with remaining 10 seconds and guess what! he scores 2 points in the last second and gifts his team a historical win.

11. Mike Tyson Bit off Holyfield’s Ear

Mike Tyson Bit off Holyfield’s Ear

let’s talk about a controversial topic now, in 1997 the stage was again prepared for Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield within 8 months before they met again. At the end of the third round, Tyson bit off the ear of his opponent and everyone was seeing the blood, which came out from Evander’s ear!!!!!!……………………..

12. Miracle On Ice

Miracle On Ice

On the men’s ice hockey tournament at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York United States was playing against 4 times gold medalists Soviet union. On that time the US team was made up of amateur and collegiate players and they had their win over the Soviet Union and this event is now commonly named as “Miracle on Ice”.

13. Single Foot Vault

Single Foot Vault

In 1996 Olympic American Athlete Kerri Strug was representing America,  She was a member of the Magnificent Seven.  She had failed on her first attempt after she under-rotated her landing and fell. In her second attempt, she landed on her good foot and confidently raised her arms in front of the judges and the history created.

14. Speech of a Dying Athlete

Speech of a Dying Athlete

Lou Gehrig the man who was known to the name “The Iron Horse” was a great player who played for New York Yankees from 1925 to 1939. He had an issue with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), after diagnosis it was clear that he has left a very short time. Before he expired he stood in front of 60,000 fans and received a warm kindness for his contribution in the team for playing more than 2000 games.

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15. Super Shot by Bobby Thomson

Super Shot by Bobby Thomson

In 1951 National League, Bobby Thomson ’s name came in the stage in the world of baseball after his game-winning home run. the game between Giant Vs The Dodgers considered as one of the most famous games.

16. The Bob Beamon Long Jump

The Bob Beamon Long Jump

During the Summer Olympics on October 18 in 1968, Bob Beamon has set a world record after his long jump measuring 29’2 ½ inches !!!! the existing record was broken by almost two feet by this out-standing jump. Before the record was broken in 1991 it was a world record for 23 years.

17. The End of Roger Maris’ Single-Season Home Run Record

The End of Roger Maris’ Single-Season Home Run Record

Roger Eugene Maris was a professional baseball player from America, he sets the MLB record at 1961 “Home Run” with 61. Which broken the record of Babe Ruth’s single-season home run with 60, in 1927! Busch Stadium celebrated her victory with a thousand fans on that period. He has awarded AL Gold Glove (1960).

18. The Retirement of the Undefeated Heavyweight Champion

The Retirement of the Undefeated Heavyweight Champion

have you ever heard about an undefeated player? Rocky Marciano is the only player who remains undefeated during his whole career. He has played 43 knockout matches and wins the victory among all of them. His unbelievable habit to win takes a web series and a movie based upon him.

19. Winning Touchdown from Joe Montana

Winning Touchdown from Joe Montana

In an American football game of NFC ( National Football Challenge ) championship between the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers, Joe Montana got famed because of his touchdown to Dwight Clark that gave a fabulous victory to his team. This “Catch” is known as a great movement ever in NFC championship till today.

20. 130 Bases Stolen in One Season

130 Bases Stolen in One Season

Do you know the “Man of Steal”? Rickey Henderson the professional baseball  left fielder who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for nine teams from 1979 to 2003 named with this. He received a vote to the hall of fame after he was able to steal 132 bases in total at 1982 season. He had stolen more bases than some teams had all in all in the entire season!!!!!

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I am from Chicago by birth and by choice, I am happy to be on the road exploring new destinations, especially in February, often the coldest of the winter months of the city. I have bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism, and I've spent much of my career in news working for The Associated Press and Chicago Tribune. Over the past decade, I have focused on exploring the world as a writer and independent travel photographer. Highlights include tracking and photographing wild animals in Kenya, documenting monarch butterflies hibernates on a mountain in Mexico and spending a night in a tent in the Sahara desert.

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