The legend of Willie Mays gathered steam when, at 23, he ran down Vic Wertz's drive in the World Series
The flip side to Pancho Carter's Indy 500 nightmare: He survived the crash and later qualified for the race.
Eagle linebacker Chuck Bednarik (60) hit Frank Gifford so hard the Giant running back sat out the next season.
A World Series collision left Brave Greg Olson heels-over-head and Twin Dan Gladden out at home.
A member of a touring Japanese college rugby team got a bare-knuckle reception during a match in Cambridge, England.
When push came to shove, this sumo wrestler in Fukuoka, Japan, went for the jugular.
Few saw the flash of the Muhammad Ali right that KO'd Sonny Liston in the first round of their rematch in Lewiston, Maine.
A brushback episode escalated into Giant pitcher Juan Marichal's bludgeoning of Dodger John Roseboro.
A marksman waited helplessly while Israelis were held hostage at the Munich Olympics.
At 36, Jackie Robinson still had the spark the Dodgers needed to finally win a World Series in Brooklyn.
A star was born in the NBA when the Big Dipper, Wilt Chamberlain, arrived to play for Philadelphia.
A pheasant hunter's best friend flushed out his quarry at the English Springer Spaniel Stake.
Greg Norman cut a wide swath through the tall grass at Turnberry to win the British Open.
Ron Turcotte watched the rest of them Belmont field disappear behind him as Secretariat ran off to win by 31 lengths.
Was it the sesame-seed bun that brought the St. Louis Cardinal to this repast?
Olympic gold was tarnished after it was discovered Ben Johnson was powered by steroids.
A disabled athlete was a study in courage for young spectators at the New York City Marathon.
Boxer rebellion? No, announcer Harry Caray sweating out another Cardinal game.
The Ol' Perfesser, Casey Stengel, lectured Yankee hitters in spring training.
Early in the tournament, Boris Becker already had his sights set on his third Wimbledon title.
Stung by an America's Cup defeat in 1983, U.S. skipper Dennis Conner stormed back and whipped Australia 4-0.
Days like this one against the Steelers drove Giant quarterback Y.A. Tittle to retire after the season.
When the topic of conversation was hitting a baseball, Ted Williams was always worth listening to.
A Fall Classic: The Yankees in the World Series, a seat in the upper deck and a red-hot.
It was a happy day for Ole Miss and a young miss at the Cotton Bowl.
With the Corps solidly behind it, Army's first line of attack headed into battle.
Having led the fast-breaking Celtics to a five-on-three advantage, Bob Cousy went in for a shot against the Royals.
Montreal goalie Jacques Plante was not alone in his attempt to spot the puck.
Air Jordan flight number 23 out of Chicago lifted off en route to victory in the NBA slam-dunk contest.
Tenley Albright had not yet peaked; a fifth U.S. championship and Olympic gold were two years away.
At the Seoul Games, Jackie Joyner-Kersee torched the competition in the long jump and the heptathlon.
Under a referee's watchful eye, the Bears beat the Eagles in a playoff fog at Soldier Field.
Every bobsled run at the Calgary Games was a wild ride for Jamaica's first Winter Olympics entry.
Steeler Lynn Swann's four receptions against the Cowboys were, so dramatic he was voted MVP of Super Bowl X.
There was no consoling a fallen Mary Decker as she watched the 3,000-meter field pull away at the L.A. Games.
49er Dwight Clark pulled victory out of thin air with 51 seconds to play in the NFC title game against the Cowboys.
World Series. Game 7. Ninth inning. Score tied. Home run, Bill Mazeroski.
After the Pack won Super Bowl II, Vince Lombardi had no bigger booster than Jerry Kramer.
John Unitas exited quietly after sending another Colt crowd home happy.
Cameras can't lie: Canuck Kirk McLean was beaten high by a Ranger in the Stanley Cup finals.
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