Can You Identify These Famous Moments in Sports History?

By: Kennita Leon
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About This Quiz

There's something really incredible that tends to happen when athletes get together on a court, field, race track, or course. We're not sure if it's something in the air or if it's the will to win, but humans have been awed by these special men and women for as long as organized sports have existed. So we've collected more than a few of those moments and we want you to tell us what they are. 

Do you remember when Mark Spitz won seven gold medals in the Olympics during which part of the Israeli team was killed? What about the time when Pele, the youngest World Cup soccer player at the time, scored at the World Cup finals? Do you remember when Dale Earnhardt finally won the Daytona 500? Well, we've got all those historical moments and more just for you to name.

Needless to say, only a true sports fan can tell us what all these pictures are or even what they signify, but we think you're up to the task of doing it. So prove us right by showing us that you do actually know who is in each and every one of these pictures. Prove to us that you can name these historical sports moments. 

Baseball's greatest player of all time, Babe Ruth, originally played for the Boston Red Sox. Prior to the 1920 season, Babe was sold to the New York Yankees for $100,000.

In 1980, an amateur U.S. hockey team took an unexpected win against the Soviet team. As one of the greatest upsets in sports, the win occurred during the Cold War.

At the 1968 World Olympics, long jumper Bob Beamon stunned the crowd when he made a jump of 29 feet, 2.5 inches, breaking the world record.

Credited with the responsibility of "single-handedly crushing Adolf Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy," Jesse Owens, an African-American, set three world records and an Olympic record at the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin.

In 1997, at the tender age of 21, Tiger Woods finished at a record 270, making him the youngest player to have won the Masters Championship.

One of the most famous basketball players of all time, Michael Jordan's career in basketball kicked off when he was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the 1983 NBA draft.

At the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada, Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci, became the first gymnast to score a perfect 10. She received six more scores of 10 at the same games.

In 1978, at Belmont Park, in what is considered one of the best horse racing rivalries, Affirmed and Alydar raced each other for the third time. In the end, Affirmed took his third win, this time only by a neck.

One of the most memorable Olympic moments, Kerri Strug sticks her landing on her second attempt on the vault despite having an injured ankle.

In the final five seconds of game five of the 1987 NBA Playoffs, Larry Bird steals the ball from Isiah Thomas of the Detroit Pistons and passes it to Dennis Thompson who scores the winning shot.

In the 1977 Open Championship, Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus competed in a tournament known as the "Duel in the Sun." In this tournament, Watson made a dramatic birdie putt that won him the championship.

In Game 6 of the 1977 World Series, Reggie Jackson did something only one other player had ever done before. He hit three home runs off three consecutive pitches from different pitchers. This resulted in his nickname, "Mr. October."

Competing against the U.S. hockey team at the 2010 Winter Olympics, Canadian Sidney Crosby netted the winning goal giving Team Canada the gold medal after having lost it in the 2006 games.

During Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, famous baseball player, Babe Ruth, hits a home run in the direction that he had previously pointed to right before the shot.

The first of 11 championships to be won by the Celtics, the winning game was played against the Hawks, at the Boston Garden in 1957. During double overtime, the Celtics managed to maintain their lead and prevent the Hawks from scoring.

Defeating Tom Okker in the first United States Open, in 1968 Arthur Ashe became not only the first to win the tournament, but also the first black man to win a men's singles title.

Breaking the record for most career hits, Pete Rose of The Reds, hit his 4192nd hit during the first inning of a game against the San Diego Padres

Winning the all-around gold medal at the 1984 Olympics, Mary Lou Retton scored perfect 10s on the floor exercise and vault. She was the first non-European to win the individual all-around gold medal.

Commencing her crowning journey at Cape Gris-Nez, France, Gertrude Ederle, 19, became the first woman to swim across the English Channel, setting a new record.

During the 1960 Olympics held in Italy, Wilma Rudolph, having previously overcome polio, won three gold medals and became the first American female to do so in one Olympic game.

With only six seconds left in the game, North Carolina's Joe Quiggs manages to score two free throws to win the NCAA title for North Carolina in 1957. The game was considered one of the best in NCAA tournament history.

The UConn Huskies team, led by Maya Moore, captured an impressive back-to-back national championships winning a total of 90 games in a row, holding the longest streak by a division one basketball team.

After several attempts at the Daytona 500 race, twenty to be exact, racer Dale Earnhardt finally won the race in 1998.

Breaking the world record in 1980, speed skater Eric Heiden became the first athlete to win five gold medals at the Winter Olympic Games.

In 1930, Bobby Jones achieved something no other golfer has been able to do since. He had what is considered the greatest year in golf by winning all four major golf tournaments that year.

A moment referred to as Ali's Golden Moment, the world was stunned when Muhammed Ali was the surprise cauldron lighter at the 1996 Olympics Games Opening Ceremony.

Winning her team the World Cup title in 2015, Carlie Lloyd scored a hat-trick in the first 16 minutes of the World Cup final against Japan. She is the second person to have ever done that.

Jamaican rocket Usain Bolt is the most famous sprinter. Adding to his fame at the 2008 Olympic Games held in Beijing, China, Bolt won both the 100m and 200m gold medals, setting new world records for both races.

A mere rookie point guard, Magic Johnson won the title of MVP during Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals when he compiled a stat line of 42 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists as the center for the Los Angeles Lakers.

The game-winning home run of the 1951 National League pennant was hit by Bobby Thompson. Hit during the first-ever televised game, the shot is commonly known as the "Shot Heard Around The World."

Leading to the Celtics' win of their seventh NBA title, John Havlicek stole the ball from the 76ers' Hal Greer during the last five seconds of the game, preventing them from scoring.

In the final round of the 1960 U.S. Open, Arnold Palmer was in 15th place. To everyone's astonishment, he emerged victorious defeating Jack Nicklaus with a six-under par 65.

Regarded as one of the best tennis games in history, Rafael Nadal steals the Wimbledon title from the five-time winner, Roger Federer who had anticipated a sixth win.

In what is referred to as the Ice Bowl of 1967 due to the harsh weather conditions under which the game was played, Bart Starr of the Packers had a one-yard run, winning his team the NFL championship.

The youngest player to partake in a World Cup finals match, Pele became the youngest World Cup scorer when he scored six goals during the 1958 World Cup at age 17.

U.S. Olympian Mark Spitz won seven gold medals and set seven world records amidst the Olympic tragedy of 1972 where eleven members of the Israeli team were killed.

In the 1986 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals, Diego Maradona from Argentina's team scored what is commonly known as the "Goal of the Century." Maradona dribbled the ball past the entire English team before knocking it into the net.

In what is considered one of the most controversial plays in NFL history, Lorenzo Neal, Frank Wycheck and Kevin Dyson of the Tennessee Titans, team up to score the winning touchdown in 2000.

A multi-sport star, Babe Zaharias was new to the game of golf when she completed a Grand Slam and won the United States Open consecutively from 1950 to 1952. When she returned to the tournament in 1954 after medical treatment, she reclaimed the title, winning by 12 strokes.

Despite his leg injury, then captain of the New York Knicks, Willis Reed, started game seven of the 1970 NBA finals, scoring the first two points for his team. The team then went on to defeat the Lakers for their first NBA title.

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