Top 10 Best Years for Sports
The Top Ten
I honestly miss 2014 - EpicJake
2 moments that made this year historic: 1) The Fred Merkle boner and 2) Jack Johnson became the World Heavyweight Champion.
A year of revenge: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the Lakers beat the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals in 6 games. A year for Rookies: a young Mike Tyson and William Perry of the Bears and Michael Jordan. A year of champions: San Francisco 49ers, Edmonton Oilers, NASCAR's Darrell Waltrip and the Kansas City Royals A year of milestones: Pete Rose's 4192nd hit and Tom Seaver and Phil Niekro's 300th win and Eddie Robinson as Colege football's winningest head coach.
A year of great moments with The Baltimore Colts as World Champions, Ken Dryden led The Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup, Lew Alcindor's first NBA title as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks with Oscar Robertson, Richard Petty won the Daytona 500 and the NASCAR championship and the Pittsburgh Pirates as world champions with their mvp Roberto Clemente, but the year will forever be remember for Ali-Frazier I also known as the Fight of the Century.
Another great year, first up The Patriots starting a dynasty with a Super Bowl XXXVI victory over the Greatest Show on Turf The Rams. The Angels finally becoming baseball's world champions and their partner the famed Angels Rally Monkey. Tony Stewart became NASCAR champion. The LA Lakers did a 3peat and The Detroit Red Wings we're Stanley Cup Champions. But the year will forever be a WORLD CUP year as Ronaldo, a Soccer sensation that year scored 8 goals in the tournament including 2 in the final game as Brazil beat Germany 2-0 to become World Cup Champions. Other World Cup highlights: Turkey's Hakan Sukur scored the fastest goal to kick off a World Cup game (10.8 seconds). Defending champion France did not score a goal in the tournament and The United States led by youngster Landon Donovan made it to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1930.
A year that saw Floyd Patterson knocking out Ingemar Johannson to win back his heavyweight championship, while Arnold Palmer conquered Masters and the U.S. Open, the olympics saw Wilma Rudolph, Ralph Boston and the U.S. Basketball Team won gold with Jerry West, oscar Robertson and John Havlicek on the team and the World Series saw Bill Mazeroski and the Pittsburgh Pirates sank the New York Yankees and we're baseball's unexpected world champions.
This was the year the New York Yankees return to glory (Just Like 1977) as world champions, while the Colorado Avalanche a team formerly known as the Quebec Nordiques became champions WITH Patrick Roy on the team, the Dallas Cowboys in the twilight of their dynasty we're world champions, while Tiger Woods began a historic pro golf career, and Mike Tyson vs Evander Holyfield saw a shocker when Holyfield knocked out Tyson to become champion again. But the big story was the Chicago Bulls go 72-10 and then go on to become NBA champions.
Life was so different then, but they we're champions like Bobby Jones' golf's Grand Slam, The Philadelphia Athletics repeat as World Champions, and The Montreal Canadiens as Stanley Cup Champions and The Green Bay Packers repeat as NFL Champions.
But the World Cup made headlines, and it was the first one as Uruguay we're the champs. Among many highlights in Soccer's inaugural event were, the first World Cup goal scored by Lucien Laurent. The United States finished 3rd place overall in a 13-team field and Guillermo Stabile scored 8 goals the most by any player in the World Cup. Oh, by the way Hack Wilson's 190 RBIS was a big thing in baseball that year.
Leicester City won their first Premier League title and Western Bulldogs won their first AFL premiership in 62 years. Lots of streaks broken here.
The Age of Aquarius produced many earth shattering champions: NBA's New York Knicks, NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, Boxing's Joe Frazier, NASCAR's Bobby Isaac, NHL's Boston Bruins and MLB's Baltimore Orioles. But the World Cup was the biggest of them all as Pele and Brazil we're crowned champions for the 3rd time. Among other World Cup headlines: The first World Cup to be televised live in Color worldwide. The tournament average of 2.97 goals per game is still a record and the first world cup to use The Telstar ball from Adidas.
A year filled with mixed emotions of tragedies but also a year to celebrate with The Chicago Bears' Super Bowl Shuffle, the Montreal Canadiens' Stanley Cup season with rookie goaltender Patrick Roy, Dale Earnhardt Sr. became NASCAR champion, while The Boston Celtics grabbed another NBA Championship and The New York Mets the bad boys of baseball became world champions, but it was Diego Maradona and Argentina that grabbed the big headlines in Soccer's World Cup. In that World Cup, Canada, Denmark and Iraq debut in Soccer's ultimate showcase. Gary Lineker of England scored 6 goals, the most by any player in the World Cup and Diego scored the infamous "Hands of God" goal.
Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting Streak, Mauri Rose's Indianapolis 500 win. Ted Williams' .406, Whirlaway's Triple Crown, Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Champions, Chicago Bears successfully defended their NFL Championship, The first Dodger-Yankees World Series which was won by The Yankees, and boxing saw Joe Louis beat Billy Conn in an all-time classic. All before that fateful December 7 day.
The Year that the first Super Bowl came and saw The Green Bay Packers emerged as champions. The Toronto Maple Leafs silenced The Montreal Canadiens and EXPO '67 to become Stanley Cup Champions, The Philadelphia 76ers briefly ended the Boston Celtics Dynasty and later crowned NBA Champions, The St. Louis Cardinals ended Boston Red Sox's Impossible Dream and won the World Series. Richard Petty was the NASCAR Champion in a dominant season, but the big news was Muhammad Ali being stripped as Heavyweight Champion for refusing to take part in an unwanted war called the Vietnam War.