Classic Photos of Sports Legends

Any sports fan will probably gush about his favorite athlete or moment in history. Baseball fans love Joe DiMaggio and Willie Mays, while basketball aficionados still wax poetic about Wilt Chamberlain. Luckily, some of their most amazing plays and wins on camera. Wayne Gretzky held four Stanley Cups, but do you remember the last one? Let’s discover more!

THE ONLY WORLD CUP FOR ENGLAND

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Although England invented the sport, it has only won one World Cup in history. It was in 1966 in their home nation after beating West Germany 4-2. We will have to see what happens in the next World Cup as Brazil is the current leader with 5 World Cup wins. For now, English fans will have to be patient.

THE DIVE OF DEREK JETER

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Derek Jeter became a legend while playing for the New York Yankees, and this moment is definitely one of the best in baseball history. He used his whole body to dive to the stands and catch a ball against Boston. It happened on July 1, 2004. It’s still remembered as his best catch after an impressive 20-year career. They beat the Red Sox 5-4.

THE INFAMOUS O.J. SIMPSON

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Before he became part of one of the biggest scandals in American modern history, he was one of the best players in USC. His career ended with a National Championship, and even a Heisman trophy. He was the first overall draft of 1969 for the Buffalo Bills, winning an MVP and 5 Pro Bowlers.

WINNING GOLD

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Rome was the host of the 1960 Summer Olympic Games, and Cassius Clay was there. During a tournament, he won 4-0 and earned the Light Heavyweight division against a Polish boxer. That was the last time Ali competed at the Olympic Games. He fought for civil rights years later and got to lit the torch in 1996.

THE OLYMPICS OF THE COLD WAR

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In 1980, things were still very tense between Russia and Poland during the Cold War, and it showed on the field of the Summer Olympics. It was basically a competition between Capitalism and Communism. Polish athlete Wladyslaw Kozakiewicz broke a record, winning the gold medal, and around the world.

THE HEISMAN FOR ROGER STAUBACH

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The second Heisman winner was All-American quarterback Roger Staubach, and he was the last one to receive that prize from the U.S. Naval Academy. Aside from his naval duties, Staubach after by the NFL. However, he first served in the Navy and to Vietnam. Afterward, he played with the Cowboys.

THE 1903 WORLD SERIES

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The first World Series happened in 1903, and it had nine games, where the Boston Americans beat the Pittsburgh Pirates five times. Storming the field back then was still a huge part of sports, but nowadays it only takes place in college games some times. This is an image of Boston’s Huntington Avenue Grounds, where most of Boston University’s teams played.

THE LEGENDARY BEAR BRYANT

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Before Nick Saban, Alabama had the amazing Bear Bryant guiding the team to six national championships. Thanks to him, Alabama the best program for college football. Bryant retired in 1982 with the record of championships of any coach until Saban tied with the same team.

A GREAT POINT GUARD, BOB COUSY

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He was one of the best point guards in NBA history with the best assists for eight seasons in a row. He was also a six-time National Champion for the Celtics and for 13 All-Star games. After retiring, Cousy became a coach for college ball and the NBA. Afterward, he was a commentator for the Celtics.

THE MOST POPULAR QUARTERBACK

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Johnny Unitas was the best player drafted from Louisville in 1955. He three NFL Championships, including “The Greatest Game Ever Played” in 1958. Unitas had the record for games with a passing touchdown for 52 years until Drew Brees surpassed him in 2012. into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979.

THE 1967 NFL CHAMPIONSHIP

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Also known as the “Ice Bowl”, this game had some of the best stars in the world, including coaches Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry. The Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers faced each other in -13 degrees Fahrenheit on Lambeau Field, which was excruciating. The Packers took home the trophy by winning 21-17.

THE FIRST LITTLE PERSON AT THE MAJORS

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This is an image of Eddie Gaedel, 3 feet, 7 inches tall, and officially, the first little person to join a Major League Baseball team. on August 19, 1951, when the athlete took the plate as part of the St. Louis Browns. His jersey had the number “1/8”. During his first inning, he got on balls four times.  

SHAQ AND MONICA SELES

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Monica Seles was a huge tennis star when Shaq was at the top of his game. Seles had agreed to be the first female investor of an expensive sports bar in New York. The other investors were Joe Montana, Wayne Gretzky, and Shaquille O'Neal. The basketball legend retired as a four-time NBA champion, while Seles retired after nine Grand Slam singles titles.

FORMERLY KNOWN AS LEW ALCINDOR

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You probably know him better as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but during his time with the UCLA Bruins, he was still Lew Alcindor. During his college years, he won three National Championships, was All-American three times and earned the title of NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player.

TAKING A KNEE

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Our readers might remember this one because it happened recently. Colin Kaepernick used to play for the San Francisco 49ers. He was their quarterback, but during the September 1st game in 2016, he took a knee during the national anthem. He did it as a protest for racial issues in American. Just a week earlier, he sat during the anthem. Unfortunately, Kaepernick from the league.

THE FACE OF THE BOSTON RED SOX

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Ted Williams did a lot for the team during his career, but sadly, they never won during a World Series. He was a pilot of World War II, the Korean War, and as one of the best hitters of all time. He hit 500 home runs and had the best on-base percentage ever recorded.

THE WIN OF VINCE LOMBARDI

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Coach Vince Lombardi is partly responsible for why Green Bay is known as “Titletown”. Under his tenure, the team clinched five NFL Championships in the 60s, which includes the first Super Bowls in 66 and 67. This moment happened after the second Super Bowl in Miami, and lineman Jerry Kramer is carrying his coach. He retired soon after that win.

THE FIRST FIGHT OF CASSIUS CLAY

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Before converting to Islam, Muhammad Ali Cassius Clay, and even back then, he had built an amazing reputation as the striker of Louisville, Kentucky. Surrounded by a huge crowd at Freedom Hall, Ali went against a West Virginia cop, Tunney Hunsaker. He won unanimously. They later became good friends.

THE BEST SEASON OF UCLA

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Coach John Wooden has the record for winning 10 NCAA Championships, and thanks to him, four different teams had perfect seasons. The first win was in 1964, as UCLA defeated Duke University. That was this school’s first basketball title. Meanwhile, Wooden the ‘Wizard of Westwood’.

THE KNOCKOUT

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This was the historic fight between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston. It took place in Lewiston, Me. In 1965. Unfortunately, the match at a high school gym, and there were very few spectators. ended the fight on the first round with a swift hook that threw Liston the floor.

NO ONE GETS PAST BILL RUSSELL

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Russell is one of the biggest names defense in the NBA. He is an 11-time champion and a five-time MVP. He accumulated a whopping 21,620 rebounds during his career, the second in the league. The best part about him is that he didn’t use much force to block the opponent’s shots, but intelligence so that his team would get the ball immediately.

THE CATCH BY WILLIE MAYS

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As mentioned, Willie Mays will always be one of the most legendary names in baseball, and people call this picture “The Catch”. Some say it’s the best catch in baseball history. It happened during the 1954 World Series. It was the Game 1, and the New York Giants were facing the Cleveland Indians. Giants won that game and eventually the series.

THE SQUAW VALLEY

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Most people remember “Miracle on Ice”, but there’s another hockey moment that every fan should know. In 1960, in Squaw Valley, California. The Americans were the least favorite team, especially against the Soviet Union. No one expected the U.S. team to win a match, much less make it to the semifinals against USSR. They beat and later defeated Czechoslovakia in the finals for their first gold medal.

THE LESS THAN FOUR-MINUTE MILE

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No one imagined that anyone could run a mile in under four minutes until Roger Bannister did it. He broke the record in 1954 with 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds. Unfortunately, the record only lasted 46 days, but Bannister quickly became an English hero. After retiring from running, Bannister turned towards neurology.

THE LEGENDARY WILT CHAMBERLAIN

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Nicknamed “The Stilt”, Chamberlain still has the record for most rebounds with 23,924, and he is the only athlete that scored 100 points during a single game. Sadly, there is no footage of that achievement. Despite being one of the biggest names in the NBA, he only earned two championships. Some of his peers thought he enough.

BOB FELLER THE HIGH KICK PITCHER

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All-Star pitcher for the Cleveland Indians eight times, and he helped reach victory in 1948’s World Series. was the first professional sportsman to volunteer for the army during WWII. He was part of the U.S. Navy. One of the best things about him was his leg kick at the mount.

Boy, it must have been amazing to live through some of these moments, where athletes became legends. Let us know which one of these players was your favorite. If you liked this article, share it with your friends that cannot get enough of sports. See you next time!

Source: National Golf Clubber, Wikipedia, Bleacher Report, The Culture Trip, The Sportster

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