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17 Unforgettable Sports Moments

By Nostalgic America · May 16, 2024

Sandy Koufax pitches a perfect game!

That’s just one of history’s great moments in sports. Here are some other unforgettable players and teams.  Nostalgic America / Getty Images

Jimmy Connors was No. 1 Tennis Player Winning Eight Grand Slam Singles Championships

Jimmy Connors held the top ATP ranking for a then-record 160 consecutive weeks from 1974 to 1977 and a career total of 268 weeks.  Nostalgic America / Getty Images

Tracy Austin was No. 1 Tennis Player & Won Three Major Titles

Tracy Austin’s meteoric rise in women’s tennis was so startling and attention-grabbing that when, as a 14-year-old she lost in the quarterfinals of the 1977 US Open, she received a supportive call from President Jimmy Carter. 

She won the first of her two US Opens defeating Chris Evert in 1979 at the age of 16 and then two years later defeated Martina Navratilova in 1981.

Austin teamed with her brother John to win the 1980 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Championship, the first brother-sister combination to achieve that feat.  Nostalgic America / Getty Images

Andy Roddick was a Major Tennis Champion

Andy Roddick won the US Open in 2003 and claimed the #1 ranking in the world that same year.  Nostalgic America / Getty Images

Sandy Koufax pitches a perfect game

On September 9, 1965, Sandy Koufax pitched his fourth no-hitter and his first perfect game. His opponent Bob Hendley of the Chicago Cubs gave up only one hit and an unearned run to take the loss. Koufax struck out 14 batters. This game was voted “The Greatest Game Ever Pitched.”  Nostalgic America / Getty Images

The Iconic Fenway Park

Fenway Park was built in 1912, with a construction budget of $650,000 and original seating capacity for 27,000 fans. Fire struck the park in May 1926, destroying the wooden bleachers in the left foul line.

This area was not rebuilt until 1933, when Thomas A. Yawkey purchased the Red Sox. After the 1933 baseball season, Fenway Park was extensively renovated. Duffy’s Cliff was removed, wooden grandstands in right and center field were replaced by concrete stands and the entire grandstand was enlarged, increasing the seating capacity to 33,817. The most significant feature added to the ballpark was the 37-foot-high wall in left field.

At the base of the wall was a hand operated scoreboard. A tragic fire in January 1934 caused extensive damage, but the ballpark was renovated and reopened on April 17, 1934. In 1936, a 23-foot net was placed on top of the left field wall to prevent baseballs from breaking windows in nearby shops.  Nostalgic America / Getty Images

Earl Morrall Fills In!

During the 1968 Baltimore Colts season, Earl Morrall filled in for an injured Johnny Unitas, leading to an NFL championship shutout victory and Super Bowl III which they lost to the New York Jets.

In 1972, he came to the rescue for the Miami Dolphins, as he filled in for an injured Bob Griese leading the team to Super Bowl VII and the only perfect season in NFL history. During both of these seasons he was coached by Don Shula.  Nostalgic America / Getty Images

Tony Romo Holds Passing Touchdown Records

Tony Romo signed as an undrafted free agent with the Cowboys in 2003. Beginning his career as a holder. Romo became the Cowboys' starting quarterback during the 2006 season. Serving as the team's primary starter from 2006 to 2015, he guided the Cowboys to four post-season appearances and was named to the Pro Bowl four times. He holds several Cowboys team records, including passing touchdowns, passing yards, most games with at least 300 passing yards, and games with three or more touchdown passes. He also held a higher passer rating in the fourth quarter than any other NFL quarterback from 2006 to 2013.  Nostalgic America / Getty Images

Steve Grogan Played Sixteen Seasons with the New England Patriots

Steve Grogan was selected in the fifth round (116th overall) in the 1975 NFL Draft out of Kansas State. He displaced Heisman Trophy Winner Jim Plunkett as a rookie, and in 1976 QB Grogan led the Patriots to an 11-3 record and the franchise's first playoff berth since 1963. The eleven wins were the most Patriots wins in a season since the club’s inception.  Nostalgic America / Getty Images

Franco Harris and The Immaculate Reception

Franco Harris is the Hall of Fame Running Back known for The Immaculate Reception, the most memorable and controversial play in football. On December 23,1972, Harris lead the Steelers to a 13-7 victory.  Nostalgic America / Getty Images

Sports Movie - He Got Game

He Got Game was a film directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington as the father star basketball prospect Jesus Shuttleworth, played by NBA star Ray Allen. Washington’s character was serving a life sentence in prison, and tries to convince his estranged son to go to college so his prison sentence can be reduced.  Nostalgic America / Getty Images

Carlton Fisk Hits Walk Off Home Run In 1975 World Series

On October 21, 1975, Carlton Fisk hits a walk-off home run in a 7-6 Red Sox World Series win.  Nostalgic America / Getty Images

Bobby Orr Wins The Stanley Cup

On May 10, 1970, Bobby Orr Scores the Stanley Cup Winning Goal.  Nostalgic America / Getty Images

The Most Famous Radio Call In Basketball History

On April 15, 1965, Johnny Most announced, “John Havlicek stole the ball” in the 1965 Eastern Division Championship game 7 against the Philadelphia 76ers.

The NBA dubbed Most’s broadcast “the most famous radio call in basketball history.”  Nostalgic America / Getty Images

Mean Joe Greene Embodies Pittsburgh

“Mean” Joe Greene played for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League from 1969 to 1981. He was a 1968 consensus All-American from North Texas State, and Pittsburgh’s No. 1 pick.

Greene was the defensive foundation to Chuck Noll’s program that produced four Super Bowl victories in the 1970s. He was named NFL Defensive Player of the year in 1972 and 1974.  Nostalgic America / Getty Images

Terry Bradshaw Becomes A Steeler Legend

Terry Bradshaw was the overall No. 1 pick in 1970. He led the team to four Super Bowl victories in the 1970s. He threw clinching and winning TD passes in Super Bowls IX and X and was named the MVP in Super Bowls XIII and XIV.  Nostalgic America / Getty Images

Lynn Swann Sets Super Bowl Record

Lynn Swann was the Steelers first round pick in 1974 out of USC. He was an instrumental part of the four Super Bowl victories in the 1970s. In Super Bowl X he recorded four catches for a then Super Bowl-record of 161 yards and a touchdown to win the MVP award.  Nostalgic America / Getty Images

1972 Olympic USA Basketball Gold Medal “Stolen”

The 1972 USA men's Olympic basketball team lost their very first Olympic Game since Olympic play began in 1936. It was the most controversial moment in Olympic history.

In the final game against the Soviet Union, and the US trailing, Doug Collins was fouled driving to the basket with three seconds left to play. He sank the first free throw to tie the game and made the second as an inadvertent horn blew. With the US in the lead by one point the Soviets quickly inbounded the ball and with one second to play and the ball at midcourt the referees stopped play again to discuss a bizarre complaint that the Soviets had called a time out before the second free throw.

Once the timeout was disallowed, the Soviets were allowed another three seconds and the ball out of bounds again. They threw the ball in bounds and the horn sounded sending the USA team into jubilation. The referees stopped the celebration and said the horn sounded inadvertently again and awarded the Soviets a third chance to inbound the ball. On the third time, the USA defender was illegally ordered by the referee to move back allowing the Soviets a clear pass down court.

The pass to Aleksandr Belov was successful and with a fake he laid the ball in uncontested for a one-point victory. At the end of the game one of the referees refused to sign the official scoring sheet in protest and the US team boycotted the medal ceremony and refused to accept their Silver Medal.  Nostalgic America / Getty Images