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.

LACROSSE WAS JIM BROWN’S FAVORITE

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Football fans know that Jim Brown was one of the best players for the Browns. However, he was also part of the lacrosse team at Syracuse University. He was one of the fiercest players in the league. Unfortunately, the game was not as lucrative as football. However, Brown always said that he liked it more.

BILL MAZEROSKI WALK-OFF HOME RUN

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during Game 7 of the World Series in 1960. The Pittsburgh Pirates faced against fan-favorite New York Yankees, and at one point, 9-9. It was Bill Mazeroski’s time at the bat, and he hit it left and high, ending the game. It’s considered the most famous walk-off home run, the losing team has to leave the field while the winning team finishes the run.

THE GROUNDBREAKING JACKIE ROBINSON

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He was the person that broke baseball’s color divide. He proved to everyone that he deserved to play in the all-white league, even though sports were still segregated. In 1947, Jackie made it to the Majors and changed the history of baseball. His career ended with six All-Stars, a World Series Championship, and National League MVP.

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.

CONCRETE CHARLIE AGAINST FRANK GIFFORD

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Chuck “Concrete Charlie” Bednarik earned that name during his time in the league. In 1960, the Eagles were facing the Giants, and they were down 17-10. When Giants’ Frank Gifford got the ball, Bednarik tackled him fiercely, resulting in a fumble. Unfortunately, Gifford suffered a serious brain concussion and was out for 18 months.

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