Greatest Sports Moments By Year (2022 Update)

Now, that the calendar year is coming to a close it is time for me to update the variety of year by year lists that I keep regarding various sporting moments and events. The first such list that I am going to update based on 2022 in sports is my yearly selection of the greatest sports moments every year from 1951 to present. First of all, unlike the best and worst lists that I just published, this is an objective evaluation of sports moments and their significance in history. You will see some crossover between these two lists, but most of the moments listed below are different than my personally favorite moments each year. Also, 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. Without further ado, here is my list of greatest sports moments by year published on this blog for the first time since 2014. Please note that the bolded moments below are the greatest sports moment from each decade.

1951Bobby Thompson Shot Heard Round the World (pictured below)
1952Rocky Marciano wins Heavyweight Titel over Jersey Joe Walcott
1953Ben Hogan wins all “3” grand slams of golf
1954Willie Mays World Series Catch
1955Jack Fleck pulls shocking U.S. Open upset over Ben Hogan
1956Don Larsen World Series perfect game
1957UNC wins first NCAA Bball title with 3 OT victory over Kansas
1958Colts win epic NFL Champinship Game over Giants
1959California wins epic one point NCAA Bball title game over West Virginia
1960Bill Mazeroski walk off World Series home run
1961Roger Maris hits 61 home runs to set MLB Record
1962Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points in a game
1963Jack Nicklaus wins first Masters
1964Muhammad Ali wins heavyweight title over Sonny Liston
1965Ali retains heaveyweight title with KO of Sonny Liston
1966England wins controversial World Cup Soccer Championship
1967Green Bay Packers win inaugural Super Bowl
1968Bob Beamon 29 foot gold medal long jump
1969Joe Namath guarantees Super Bowl Upset
1970Willis Reed Inspires NY Knicks to NBA Title
1971Ali-Frazier I: Fight of the Century
1972Soviet Union screws U.S. in bball gold medal game
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
1976Indiana Hoosiers have undefeated college bball season
1977Seattle Slew wins horse racing triple crown
1978Affirmed Beats Alydar to win last Triple Crown
1979Michigan State beats Indiana State in NCAA Title Game
1980Miracle On Ice
1981Larry Bird wins first NBA title
1982“The Play” Cal-Stanford
1983NC State “Cardiac Pack” win national title
1984Doug Flutie Pass
1985Villanova Cinderella Championship
1986Jack Nicklanus wins Masters
1987Keith Smart jumper gives Indiana national title
1988Kirk Gibson World Series Home Run
1989Joe Montana Super Bowl Drive to beat Bengals
1990Buster Douglas upsets Mike Tyson
1991Giants beat Bills in closest Super Bowl ever
1992Christian Laettner Shot
1993Chris Webber timeout blunder
1994George Foreman becaomes oldest heavyweight champ
1995Northwestern football wins Cinderella Big Ten Title
1996Kerri strug’s courageous vault to gold
1997Michael Jordan Flu Game
1998Michael Jordan’s Last Shot with Bulls
1999U.S. Ryder Cup Final Day Comeback
2000Titans “Longest Yard” vs. Rams
2001Goran Ivanisevic bets Patrick Rafter in epic Wimbledon final
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
2005Tiger Woods chips in on 16th hole of Master’s en route to win over DiMarco
2006George Mason upsets Uconn to make Final Four
2007Boise State beats Oklahoma in Fiesta Bowl
2008Kansas beats Memphis in NCAA Title Game with buzzer beater
2009Syracuse beats Connecticut in 6 overtimes in Big East championship game
2010Isner-Mahut Wimbledon Marathon
2011VCU and Butler make Cinderella Final Four runs
2012Norfolk State and Lehigh pull off simultaneous 15 over 2 upsets
2013Andy Murray ends great British drought at Wimbledon
2014Florida State’s final drive ends SEC reign of terror
2015American Pharoah wins Horse Racing Triple Crown
2016Chicago Cubs end 108 year World Series Drought
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
2020Dustin Johnson breaks Masters scoring record
2021Phil Mickelson becomes oldest major winner ever at age of 50
2022Argentina beats France in epic World Cup Final

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