Some of the Sports Illustrated photographers had caught many outstanding moments in sports for many years. In this article, we would talk about a hundred unforgettable scenes that the camera captured. Here were the images, and let us see if we could remember what happened at that time. If we were lucky, we might see ourselves in the photo.
Muhammad Ali And Cleveland Williams
Ali grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, where he was born and raised. At the age of 12, he started training as an amateur boxer. He captured a gold medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics in the light heavyweight division at 18 and turned professional later. Ali defended his heavyweight title by knocking out Cleveland Big Cat’ Williams in the third round at the Houston Astrodome on November 14, 1966. The fight attracted a 35,460 crowd.
The World Series on September 29, 1954. Willie Mays was known as a 12-time Gold Glove winner. The athlete made one of his finest defensive plays in the 1954 World Series when he took in a deep fly ball to centerfield while running the best as he could with his back to home plate to help the Giants become the winner after scoring 5-2. Mays had won the NL MVP award that season. Willie Mays guided the Giants to get the championship title of the Cleveland Indians.
Chuck Bednarik And Frank Gifford
Chuck Bednarik and Frank Gifford fought each other on November 20, 1960. It was the day that the Philadelphia Eagles would compete with the New York Giants. After taking out New York Giants running back Frank Gifford at Yankee Stadium, Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Chuck Bednarik embraced the moment on how the linebacker took down his rival. Unfortunately, Gifford was forced to retire from football due to the blow he took from Bednarik.
On January 10, 1982, in the NFC Championship Game. The San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark, also known as “The Catch,” succeeded in getting a six-yard touchdown pass from Joe Montana. It was the reason why the 49ers got a score of 28-27 and won against the Dallas Cowboys. If they lost in that match, the San Francisco 49ers would not advance to the Super Bowl and face the Cincinnati Bengals.
On August 16, 2008, the Olympic Games were held in Beijing, China. At the finish of the 100-meter butterfly final, American swimmer Michael Phelps beat Serbian swimmer Milorad Cavic by 0.01 seconds. It was Phelps’s seventh gold in the Olympics, giving him a total of eight gold medals.
David Tyree And Rodney Harrison
New York Giants receiver David Tyree had successfully protected a catch with his helmet during Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008. The photo was captured when Rodney Harrison attempted to take down the New York Giants’ receiver to the ground. Tyree’s grab was crucial in the New York Giants’ since David’s effort led to a 17-14 victory over the previously unbeaten Patriots.
On October 19, 1991, during Game 1 of the World Series, Atlanta Braves catcher Greg Olson went head over heels when Greg tried to tag Minnesota left fielder Dan Gladden. After the catcher’s daredevil performance, The Twins won Game 1 with a score of 5-2. Out of the seven series, The Minnesota Twins became victorious and went to the next match.
Muhammad Ali And Sonny Liston
In a rematch for the heavyweight championship between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston on May 25, 1965, Ali knocked out Liston in the first round of their match. It was a glorious post for Ali after taking down his opponent. Ali was the heavyweight title till 1967. However, they forcefully removed the championship belt because Ali did not want to enter the army.
Antwaan Randle El
On January 5, 2003, during the AFC Wild Card playoffs, Pittsburgh receiver Antwaan Randle El got his head twisted around as the ref called the thirty-six-year-old Cleveland Browns’ Chris Akins because of face masking. Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers compete with each other in Heinz Field in Pittsburgh which the Steelers became victorious against the Browns with a score of 36-33 in the AFC Wild Card Playoff game.
Mike Tyson And Evander Holyfield
Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield in the ear during their 1997 Heavyweight division match on June 28, 1997. Many people watched their fight since they waited for the time Tyson and Holyfield would face in the ring. Tyson’s reckless action inside the ring boxing license became temporarily suspended, and the boxer needs to pay the fine of $3 million. The behavior Tyson made would not be forgotten in history.
In a match between Belmont High and Colonel White High in September. 24, 2005, the three-foot, 112-pound Bobby Martin got to play on the punt and kick-off coverage. Martin was a backup nose guard for Dayton’s Colonel White High. Bobby Martin was given birth without his legs, and the player could not wear any prosthetics since Bobby did not have thighs that they would use to attach prosthetic legs.
Juan Marichal winds up for a pitch on the day of a spring training game in Casa Grande, Ariz, at the Spring Training last March 8, 1965. Marichal was a San Francisco Giants pitcher recognized for his unique windup, in which Juan would raise his legs higher than the other player. Juan was one of those who had the highest leg kicks in the history of the major league.
Tiger Woods tees off in the final round of the golf master tournament on April 8, 2001, in which Woods became the winner by two strokes over his competitor David Duval. Because of the victory, Tiger Woods became the champion and successfully fulfilled the “Tiger Slam,” which the golfer succeeded in winning four major championships in a row.
Last July 10, 1999, of the Women’s World Cup, Brandi Chastain, who played in the United States team, celebrated her victory during the 1999 Women’s World Cup final. Brandi scored, and her team won the game after Brandi scored a penalty kick. During the celebration, Chastain removed her jersey and circled it around her head.
On January 22, 1989, in Super Bowl XXIII, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana led his team to victory during the game’s final minutes. Joe’s team was playing against the Cincinnati Bengals. Montana carried the 49ers when the quarterback took the ball down the field with 3:10 remaining for a distance of 92-yards. The match ended, defeating the Bengals with a score of 20-16.
On September 21, 2004, Spain’s Vicente Javier Torres competed in the Paralympic Games in the 150-meter individual medley. Torres’s performance was outstanding. When he jumped into the swimming pool and swam across the pool, Javier finished the race and won a silver medal even without a leg. We know how hard and tiring it was when we swam without using our feet.
After the match had ended, the Green Bay Packers took their head coach Vince Lombardi and carried him off the field. The Green Bay Packers won with a score of 33-14 against the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl II on January 14, 1968. It was the Packers’ second consecutive victory in the Super Bowl.
Don Larsen And Yogi Berra
Don Larsen, the New York Yankees pitcher, embraced the catcher Yogi Berra after Don made a perfect pitch. Don earned his name known in World Series history when his team won the Yankee Stadium match on October 8, 1956. After seven games, the Yankees would have won the series
Bill Russell And Wilt Chamberlain
On April 5, 1968, the two most prominent players in the NBA had faced each other during a match. One was Bill Russell, who was in the Boston Celtics, while the other was Wilt Chamberlain, who was playing with the 76ers. The game was held in Philadelphia, which was the home court of the 76ers.
On the All-Star weekend last February 6, 1988, Michael Jordan jumped from the free-throw line and flew towards the ring. Jordan’s performance amazed the judges and gave Jordan a perfect score and won against Dominique Wilkins during the Slam Dunk Contest finals. It was Jordan’s second time to succeed in the competition. The 1988 dunk competition was the well-known face-off between Jordan and Wilkins.
On May 10, 1970, during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals, Boston Bruins faced the St. Louis Blues. Boston Bruins defender Bobby Orr embraces his Cup-winning goal during overtime. After the match, Orr became the MVP while Boston finally got a taste of their first Cup for 29 years in the league.
Super Bowl III took place on January 10, 1969, and the team who were in a match was Baltimore Ravens and the New York Jets. Jets quarterback Joe Namath announced to the reporters that the underdog Jets would beat the 18-point favorite Baltimore Ravens. Joe performed admirably on the field. After the finals, Joe became the MVP after their team scored a 16-7 win.
The 1980 Winter Olympics took place on February 22, 1980. Many people did not think that the U.S. Hockey team would have won. It was the reason why the U.S. Hockey team celebrated. On Mike Eruzione’s game-winning goal, the United States prevailed against the unbeatable Soviet Union with a 4-3. it was a Miracle on Ice. The U.S. Hockey team advanced to the gold medal game, in which they also became the victors.
The Atlanta Olympics took place on July 23, 1996. Even after an unpleasant ankle injury sustained during her first attempt, Kerri Strug maintained her pose after succeeding on her vault. The United States’ gold medal dreams were riding on her shoulders, and Kerri battled through the agony on her second attempt to win the gold.
Carmen Basilio And Tony DeMarco
On November 30, 1955, Carmen Basilio, the boxer carried by a man, won the match after taking down Tony De Marco. The fight lasted twelve rounds, and both men were almost at their limit. The two were fighting for the world welterweight title. Carmen celebrated his victory after a hard battle against a strong foe.
Billy Kilmer And Manny Fernandez
Manny Fernandez, a Dolphins defensive lineman, leaped over a Redskins offensive lineman to search for quarterback Billy Kilmer during Super Bowl VII on January 14, 1973. Fernandez had 17 tackles as the Dolphins beat the Redskins with a score of 14-7 and became the first and only team in NFL history to go unbeaten in a season.
April 18, 1999, in New York City, Wayne Gretzky, a professional hockey player, waved at the crowd at the Madison Square Garden. It was the last game of Wayne before the legend would retire from his career. Wayne was playing in the New York Ranger during his final match. People filled the stadium to watch Wayne’s last performance.
It was an unforgettable moment on August 20, 2008, after a person set the world record in the men’s 200-meter final with a history of 19.30 seconds at the Beijing Olympics. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt broke the record with his incredible speed. Before the Jamaican sprinter participated in the 200-meter run, the Jamaican sprinter had broken the world record in the 100-meter dash.
In 1926, Babe Ruth, the New York Yankees outfielder known as the Great Bambino, was socializing with his fans. Babe’s best season was in the 1926 season, in which the professional player recorded a hit of .372. Aside from his performance, the experienced player set forty-seven home runs and one hundred forty-six RBI.
On April 13, 1986, during the Master’s tournament, Jack Nicklaus enjoyed a putt before his historic victory. On Sunday, Nicklaus shot a 65 to beat Tom Kite and Greg Norman and became the oldest player who will ever claim victory in the Masters’ tournament. At the age of 46, Nicklaus also set a new record by winning his 18th major championship.
On March 30, 1957, Braves outfielder Hank Aaron began to sprint toward first base on a spring practice match. Aaron earned his only MVP award in his Hall of Fame career during that season, and Hank became the best in the league. The player becomes a home runner with 44.
USC running back Reggie Bush leaped over UCLA defender Marcus Cassel and quickly went into the end zone for a touchdown in the match between USC and UCLA on December 3, 2005. Bush won the 2005 Heisman Trophy for his outstanding season. Still, the officials revoked Reggie’s award when Reggie founded getting fraudulent benefits while playing for the Trojans.
Penn State Football
On September 8, 2007, people filled Notre Dame at Penn State during the match between the Nittany Lions and Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Penn State announced a ‘White Out’ or ‘White House’ to support the team. The total number of who attended the match was 110,078. According to the record, it was the second-largest crowd in Beaver Stadium history. Unfortunately, The Nittany Lions beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish with a score of 31-10.
After crashing off the track in the 1984 Olympics, world champion Mary Decker watches from the infield after being tangled with Britain’s Zola Budd around halfway through the 3,000-meter sprint. It was a horrible day for Decke. Unfortunately for Budd, who was in the lead when the race started but ended up in seventh place.
Maxwell Fornah And Victor Musa
On April 6, 2006, in Sierra Leone, Maxwell Fornah and victor Musa who participated in the Single Leg Amputee Sports Club, tried to chase the ball in Freetown. The two did their best to chase the ball. During the civil war, there were six thousand people who had their legs amputated in that location.
On July 4, 1981, at Wimbledon, John McEnroe, a professional tennis player, could not contain his emotion after winning against Bjorn Borg. The professional athlete was glad to win the title over his rival. The two competed to get the Wimbledon title. It was not the only time that John McEnroe became the tournament champion, and John became the victor again in 1983 and 1984.
Steelers WR Lynn Swann attempted a skillful catch over Cowboys defender Mark Washington in Super Bowl X on January 18, 1976. Swann received four catches for 161 yards and a touchdown. The match ended up with a score of 21-17, and Pittsburgh gained the victory. Swann was the first receiver to earn Super Bowl MVP honors.
On October 13, 1960, Pittsburgh Pirates’ second baseman Bill Mazeroski hit the game-winning home run off New York Yankees pitcher Ralph Terry in Game 7 of the World Series. It was the final match, and the hit gave his team the win. It appears the only walk-off home run in Game 7 history to this day.
In the match against Denver Nuggets in January 1977, Julius Erving, who played in the Philadelphia 76ers, made a highlight which everyone would not forget. At the time Julius was not guarded, Julius extended his arm to make a one-handed dunk. Julius was known as one of the greatest dunkers in NBA history.
John Kennedy And Lyndon Johnson
On April 10, 1961, President John Kennedy and Vice President Lyndon Johnson participated in the Griffith Stadium Opening Day. The stadium was located in Washington D.C. and was known as the home to the expansion Senators. It was a rare occurrence that the president and the vice president were together.
On December 18, 1957, during a game between the Montreal Canadiens and the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, Montreal Canadiens goalie Jacques Plante watched his opponents move without a mask. Plante would be the first goalie in the NHL to use a goaltender mask regularly, beginning in the 1959-60 season.
John Havlicek And Chet Walker
The Boston Celtics guard John Havlicek took the ball from the inbounds pass from the Philadelphia 76ers Chet Walker to seal the Celtics win in the Eastern Conference Finals on April 15, 1965 Celtics leading 110-109. The Celtics would then go on to win the NBA Finals in five games, defeating the Lakers.
Phil Mickelson jumped in joy after making an 18-foot putt on the 18th hole to seal a one-stroke win at the Masters on April 11, 2004. Lefty finally made through with his nine-under-par score after recognizing him as the most outstanding player without a major victory. In 2006 and 2010, Phil won again and became the champion in a tournament.
In a game between the Reds and the Cubs at Wrigley Field in August 1975, Pete Rose made a play that not everyone could do. Cincinnati Red player Pete Rose dove into third base. During the series with Chicago Cubs, Rose, the baseball’s all-time hits leader in that series, went 4-for-9 with eight walks.
On August 7, 1954, at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games, Roger Bannister was the first man to beat the four minutes in the mile. Roger competes in the “Miracle Mile” against his opponent John Landy, the only other individual to have broken four minutes at the time. Bannister won the duel and was named Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsman of the Year” for the first time.
Pittsburgh Pirates Fans
On October 13, 1960, students at the University of Pittsburgh cheered as they watched the match at Forbes Field from their campus called Cathedral of Learning. On that day, Pirates beat the Yankees in the World Series for the first time in 35 years. Bill Mazeroski was able to hit the ball, and his moment was known as the first walk-off home run in World Series history in Game 7 of the series. The ball went over the left-field fence that gave the Pirates a 10-9 victory.
Joe Namath 1974
At the match between the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills Game on December 8, 1974, Joe Namath, a Jets player, was captured listening to the sidelines during their game. At the end of the match, the jets won with a 20-10 after Namath did 131 yards and passed touchdowns.
Nadia Comaneci of Romania performed a somersault during the competition at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal on August 2, 1976. Comaneci won and earned three gold medals because of her performance in Montreal. Nadia was known as the first gymnast to receive a perfect score from the judges in an Olympic gymnastics meet.
On November 19, 1955, during a game between the Pistons and the Celtics, Boston Celtics pointed guard Bob Cousy to run past two Fort Wayne Pistons defenders. Cousy’s unconventional style, which included behind-the-back dribbling and no-look passes, was recognized with the rest of the league, one of the best plays and a fundamental approach.
Ted Williams, who was known as a six-time batting champion, talked about how Ted hit the ball during the Red Sox’s spring training in Florida in March 1956. During the season, Williams got a record of 37, hit.345 with an average of .479 on-base percentage, which made him the best in the major league.
On September 28, 1969, in St. Louis, Chicago Bears linebacker Dick Butkus was known as “The Most Feared Man in the Game” by Sports Illustrated. Butkus took action in his match facing the Cardinals. After the 1969 season, Butkus was awarded the NEA NFL defensive player because of his outstanding game season.
After earning the gold medal and breaking the world record in the 4×100-meter relay at the 1992 Summer Olympics, Carl Lewis of the United States commemorated after earning the gold medal. Until 2007, Lewis participated in his final run, which the athlete had completed in 8.85 seconds. Carl was known as the fastest anchor leg on record until 2007.
Carroll College linebacker Brandon Day dove into the mud to celebrate their win. With a score of 17-9, Carroll College became the victors against the University of Sioux Falls for the NAIA college football championship on December 19, 2007. Carroll College had earned six NAIA titles since 2002. The college team also got one title in 2010.
Serena Williams celebrated a score during the 2007 Australian Open finals against Maria Sharapova in Melbourne on January 21, 2007. Williams, who was unseeded because of her World No. 81 ranking, participated in the tournament. After the match of Serena, who faced Sharapova, Serena was the winner in their competition and became the game’s champion.
On September 28, 1955, in the eighth inning of Game 1 of the 1955 World Series, Brooklyn Dodgers’ second baseman Jackie Robinson had stolen a point against the New York Yankees. Unfortunately, The Dodgers lost the game 6-5 even after Robinson’s performance in the field. However, they went on to win the World Series in seven games.
On March 7, 1997, during a game between the Pacers and the Bulls at the United Center in Chicago, Ill., Chicago Bulls power forward Dennis Rodman was captured while getting for a loose ball in the game. During the 1996-97 season, Rodman earned his sixth rebounding title after recording 16.1 total rebounds per game in the season.
On December 28, 1958, at the beautiful match of NFL Championship Game, Baltimore Colts fullback Alan Ameche rushed through New York Giants defensive back Jim Patton to win against their opponent. Baltimore Colts had won in the 1958 NFL Championship Game overtime and was known as “The Greatest Game Ever Played.”
On November 29, 1964, at the match of Cleveland Browns, Jim Brown, the running back of the team, ran towards that defense of their opposing team Philadelphia Eagles. The image showed the magnificent moment of Jim while trying to get away from his opponent. The two teams clashed in the 1964 season.
Lew Alcindor took his signature skyhook as UCLA beat Houston with 101-69 in the national semifinals on April 1, 1968. The match was called “The Game of the Century” in that era. Houston defeated UCLA in January, but Lew Alcindor and the Bruins won in the season and earned their second of seven consecutive national titles.
Vasily Alexeyev, a Russian weightlifter, had successfully finished a Clean & Jerk without a problem on the day of a weightlifting contest in January 1969. Between 1970 to 1977, Alexeyev’s strength and hard work had achieved 80 world records. People recognized Vasily Alexeyev as the best heavyweight weightlifter in history.
On June 16, 1972, Pirates won over the San Diego Padres with a 2-1. The Pittsburgh Pirates star Roberto Clemente hits a ball from a San Diego Padres pitcher. Unfortunately, it was the last season that Clemente played in the league. The athlete passed away because of a plane crash in December of that year.
Julien Leparoux And Sanibel Storm
On April 28, 2006, jockey Julien Leparoux did his best to hang on to the saddle as the jockey flung off his horse, Sanibel Storm. The incident ended in a collision with the rail during the stretch run at Keeneland Race Course. Fortunately, both the jockey and the horse were unharmed in the incident.
Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson And Larry Bird
The NBA Hall of Famers Earvin Johnson and Larry Bird attempted to figure a thing in their match in 1979. The two-faced each other in the Championship game between Michigan State and Indiana State in Salt Lake City on March 26, 1979. In the end, Michigan State University had won against Indiana State with a score of 75-64.
North Carolina And Michigan State
North Carolina and Michigan State opened the 2011 college basketball season when they played on the USS Carl Vinson off San Diego’s coast on November 11, 2011. The two teams compete with each other on an open court. After the game ended, The Tar Heels won against the opposing team by 67-55.
On September 7, 1998, Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire tied Roger Maris’ record with his 61st home run during his match against Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium. McGwire hit his 62nd home run on the following day, giving him a total of 70 for the season. In 2001, Barry Bonds set the record by hitting 73 home runs.
The Vikings were up against the Steelers on December 22, 2001. Randy Moss, the receiver of the Vikings, had caught the ball with his fingertips. The athlete had completed the 62-yard After receiving the pass in the fourth quarter. The game ended in a win for the Vikings, which Minnesota lost with 21-16.
In a lobby aquarium exhibit at the Alaska Department of Fish & Game in Anchorage on January 22, 2001, a rainbow trout fingerling peered out after the gullet of a northern pike swallowed it. It was part of an ADF&G demonstration to show all the people about the north of the region’s pike population.
LSU Baseball Team
LSU shortstop Ryan Theriot throws his helmet in celebration after hitting the game-winning run in the match during the 2000 College World Series on June 17, 2000. The College World Series placed At Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska. LSU caught up from a three-run deficit to defeat the Stanford Cardinal with a 6-5.
On September 24, 1988, during the Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson overtook all the participants and became the pack’s lead during the men’s 100-meter dash. Johnson would go on to win gold and broke a world record in his career. However, The officials revoked Ben’s achievements after three days when Ben was checked positive for performance-enhancing drugs.