Greatest Sports Moments By Year

Here is a compilation that I’ve been working on for a few weeks.  I have closely analyzed each year in sports and have selected the “greatest” sports moments every year from 1950 to 2014 (so far).  Greatest is intended to mean most significant in this case, and I have included only “on the field” moments for this list.  For example, the Munich Massacre, OJ Simpson Trial, and Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding scandal were certainly significant sports moments, but because they took place off the field of play, they are not included below.  I tried to be as objective as possible in evaluating the various sports moments each year, as games that I both enjoyed and despised are featured below.  However, because I favor certain sports over others, there is a certain amount of bias in which events are included. 

Year Moment
1950 Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins all “3” grand slams of golf
1951 Bobby Thompson Shot Heard Round the World
1952 Rocky Marciano wins Heavyweight Titel over Jersey Joe Walcott
1953 Ben Hogan wins all “3” grand slams of golf
1954 Willie Mays World Series Catch
1955 Jack Fleck pulls shocking U.S. Open upset over Ben Hogan
1956 Don Larsen World Series perfect game
1957 UNC wins first NCAA Bball title with 3 OT victory over Kansas
1958 Colts win epic NFL Champinship Game over Giants
1959 California wins epic one point NCAA Bball title game over West Virginia
1960 Bill Mazeroski walk off World Series home run
1961 Roger Maris hits 61 home runs to set MLB Record
1962 Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points in a game
1963 Jack Nicklaus wins first Masters
1964 Muhammad Ali wins heavyweight title over Sonny Liston
1965 Ali retains heaveyweight title with KO of Sonny Liston
1966 England wins controversial World Cup Soccer Championship
1967 Green Bay Packers win inaugural Super Bowl
1968 Bob Beamon 29 foot gold medal long jump
1969 Joe Namath guarantees Super Bowl Upset
1970 Willis Reed Inspires NY Knicks to NBA Title
1971 Ali-Frazier I: Fight of the Century
1972 Soviet Union screws U.S. in bball gold medal game
1973 Secretariat wins Triple Crown by 31 lengths
1974 Muhammad Ali upsets Foreman in Rumble in the Jungle
1975 Muhammad Ali beats Joe Frazier in Thrilla in Manilla
1976 Indiana Hoosiers have undefeated college bball season
1977 Seattle Slew wins horse racing triple crown
1978 Affirmed Beats Alydar to win last Triple Crown
1979 Michigan State beats Indiana State in NCAA Title Game
1980 Miracle On Ice
1981 Larry Bird wins first NBA title
1982 “The Play” Cal-Stanford
1983 NC State “Cardiac   Pack” win national title
1984 Doug Flutie Pass
1985 Villanova Cinderella Championship
1986 Jack Nicklanus wins Masters
1987 Keith Smart jumper gives Indiana national title
1988 Kirk Gibson World Series Home Run
1989 Joe Montana Super Bowl Drive to beat Bengals
1990 Buster Douglas upsets Mike Tyson
1991 Giants beat Bills in closest Super Bowl ever
1992 Christian Laettner Shot
1993 Chris Webber timeout blunder
1994 George Foreman becaomes oldest heavyweight champ
1995 Northwestern football wins Cinderella Big Ten Title
1996 Kerri strug’s courageous vault to gold
1997 Michael Jordan Flu Game
1998 Michael Jordan’s Last Shot with Bulls
1999 U.S. Ryder Cup Final Day Comeback
2000 Titans “Longest Yard” vs. Rams
2001 Goran Ivanisevic bets Patrick Rafter in epic Wimbledon final
2002 Patriots upset Rams in Super Bowl
2003 Ohio State shocks Miami in 2OT to win BCS Title Game
2004 Boston Red Sox end Curse of the Bambino
2005 Tiger Woods chips in on 16th hole of Master’s en route to win over DiMarco
2006 Geore Mason upsets Uconn to make Final Four
2007 Boise State beats Oklahoma in Fiesta Bowl
2008 Kansas beats Memphis in NCAA Title Game with buzzer beater
2009 Syracuse beats Connecticut in 6 overtimes in Big East championship game
2010 Isner-Mahut Wimbledon Marathon
2011 VCU and Butler make Cinderella Final Four runs
2012 Norfolk State and Lehigh pull off simultaneous 15 over 2 upsets
2013 Andy Murray ends great British drought
2014 Florida State’s final drive ends SEC reign of terror


Breakdown by Sport

College Bball 14 1957, 1959, 1976, 1979, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1992, 1993, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
Boxing 8 1952, 1964, 1965, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1990, 1994      
Baseball 7 1951, 1954, 1956, 1960, 1961, 1988, 2004        
NFL 7 1958, 1967, 1969, 1989, 1991, 2000, 2002        
Golf 7 1950, 1953, 1955, 1963, 1986, 1999, 2005        
College Fball 6 1982, 1984, 1995, 2003, 2007, 2014        
NBA 5 1962, 1970, 1981, 1997, 1998          
Olympics 4 1968, 1972, 1980, 1996          
Tennis 3 2001, 2010, 2013            
Horse Racing 3 1973, 1977, 1978            
Soccer 1 1966              

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