Best Sports Moment By Year (2022 Update)

Now, that I have published my list of best and worst sports moments of 2022 it is time for me to evaluate which are the best sports moments of every year of my life and beyond. As a sports history buff, there are stories I have fallen in love with that span as far back as the 1950’s, so altogether, I have come up with a list of my favorite sports moments for every year since 1951. Again, these are not what are necessarily considered the objectively greatest moments of each year (that list is coming later), but instead these are my favorite sports moment from each calendar year. Please note that the bolded moments below are my favorite sports moment from each decade.

1951Kentucky football upsets Oklahoma in Sugar Bowl ending their 31 game winning streak
1952United States wins Summer Olympic medal count over the Soviet Union
1953Wake basketball wins first-ever conference tourney as member of the SoCon
1954Milan High School wins Indiana State High School Basketball Championship (pictured below)
1955Wake Forest baseball wins College Baseball World Series
1956San Francisco Dons win mid-major national basketball title with perfect 29-0 record
1957Wilmington’s Althea Gibson becomes first black player to win Wimbledon
1958Kentucky Wildcats win national basketball championship over Seattle
1959California wins epic one point NCAA Bball title game over West Virginia
1960Bill Mazeroski walk off World Series home run
1961Wake Forest wins first ACC basketball Tournament title
1962Wake Forest basketball makes only Final Four appearance and wins third place game
1963Loyola Chicago basketball wins national basketball championship
1964Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) wins heavyweight title over Sonny Liston
1965Jack Nicklaus breaks Masters scoring record en route to title
1966England wins first and only World Cup Soccer Championship
1967Jack Nicklaus breaks US Open socring record en route to title
1968Bob Beamon 29 foot gold medal long jump
1969Joe Namath guarantees Super Bowl Upset
1970Willis Reed Inspires NY Knicks to NBA Title
1971Western Kentucky makes Cinderella Run to NCAA Tournament Final Four
1972American Mark Spitz wins record seven Olympic gold medals
1973Secretariat wins Triple Crown by 31 lengths
1974Muhammad Ali upsets Foreman in Rumble in the Jungle
1975Muhammad Ali beats Joe Frazier in Thrilla in Manilla
1976Kentucky football wins share of SEC title for first time in 26 years
1977Seattle Slew wins horse racing triple crown
1978Kentucky basketball wins national title over Duke
1979Wake Forest football stuns # 12 Georgia on the road
1980Miracle On Ice
1981Larry Bird wins first NBA title with the Boston Celtics
1982“The Play” Cal-Stanford
1983NC State “Cardiac Pack” win national title
1984BYU wins Holiday to become last consensus national champ outside of the Power 5
1985Villanova Cinderella Championship
1986Jack Nicklaus wins Masters
1987Minnesota Twins win World Series in 7 games
1988Kirk Gibson World Series Home Run
1989Michael Chang becomes youngest man to win Grand Slam with French Open title
1990Loyola Marymount makes Cinderella run to Elite 8 in honor of Hank Gathers
1991Michael Jordan wins first NBA Championship with Chicago Bulls
1992Andre Agassi wins first grand slam and only Wimbledon title of his career
1993Boston College stuns Notre Dame in epic college football upset
1994George Foreman becaomes oldest heavyweight champ
1995Northwestern football wins Cinderella Big Ten Title
1996Kentucky basketball wins first national title of my lifetime
1997Michael Jordan Flu Game captapults Bulls to 5th NBA Title
1998Kentucky basketball wins national title with three straight comeback wins
1999Andre Agassi wins French Open to complete career grand slam
2000South Carolina football shocks world with upset of # 10 Georgia
200115-seeded Hampton beats Iowa State in first round of NCAA Tournament
2002Patriots upset Rams in Super Bowl
2003Ohio State shocks Miami in 2OT to win BCS Title Game
2004Boston Red Sox end Curse of the Bambino
2005# 4 Wake Forest basketball beats # 3 North Carolina in regular season thriller
2006Wake Forest football wins ACC Championship
2007Boise State beats Oklahoma in Fiesta Bowl
2008Kansas beats Memphis in NCAA Title Game with buzzer beater
2009Alabama wins SEC Football Championship
2010South Carolina baseball wins first NCAA baseball championship
2011Kentucky football ends epic drought against Tennessee
2012Andy Murray wins Olympic Gold
2013Andy Murray ends great British drought with Wimbledon men’s singles title
2014Florida State’s final drive ends SEC reign of terror
2015American Pharoah wins Horse Racing Triple Crown
2016Villanova hits buzzer beater to beat UNC in National Title Game
2017New England Patriots complete greatest comeback in SB history over Falcons
2018UMBC pulls off first 16 over 1 upset in NCAA Tournament
2019Expos/Nationals franchise wins first world series
2020Dominic Thiem wins first grand slam title in fifth set tiebreaker
2021Wake Forest football wins the ACC Atlantic title
2022St. Peter’s Peacocks make greatest Elite 8 Cinderella run ever as 15 seed


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