15 Most Dramatic Sports Events from 1900 to 1977 Part 1

About the 15 most dramatic sports events in history from 1900 to 1977 including Lou Gehrig's farewell, the Jets-Colts Super Bowl and Babe Ruth calls his shot.

15 Most Dramatic Sports Events from 1900 to 1977

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1. DON LARSEN'S PERFECT GAME--Yankee Stadium, Oct. 8, 1956. 221

Don Larsen of the new York Yankees made baseball history when he set down 27 Brooklyn batters in a row in the 5th game of the 1956 World Series, becoming the only pitcher ever to record a perfect game in the postseason classic.

2. BOBBY THOMSON'S HOME RUN--Polo Grounds, Oct. 3, 1951. 171

Known as "the miracle home run" and "the shot heard round the world," Thomson's two-run blast off Brooklyn pitcher Ralph Branca in the bottom of the 9th gave the Giants a 5-4 victory in the deciding game of a best-of-three play-off for the National League pennant.

3. DEMPSEY-TUNNEY "LONG COUNT" FIGHT-Soldiers Field, Sept. 22, 1927. 130

Jack Dempsey thought he had Gene Tunney down for the count in their title rematch in Chicago. But referee Dave Barry delayed the count until Dempsey went to a neutral corner. Tunney used the extra 4 sec. to regain his feet and went on to win on points after the scheduled 10 rounds.

4. LOU GEHRIG'S FAREWELL-Yankee Stadium, July 4, 1939. 126

The Yankee Iron Man said good-bye to baseball in a moving ceremony at Yankee Stadium. Everyone knew that he was dying of an incurable disease, which gave a special poignancy to his parting words: "Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth."

5. BABE RUTH "CALLING" WORLD SERIES HOME RUN--Wrigley Field, Oct. 1, 1932. 97

Ruth was at bat in the third game of the 1932 Series against Cubs pitcher Charlie Root. With the count 0-1, he stepped out of the box and pointed toward right-center field--so the legend goes--then rode the next pitch into the right-field seats for a home run.

6. DEMPSEY-FIRPO FIGHT--Polo Grounds, Sept. 14, 1923. 82

This hard-hitting brawl before 88,000 screaming fans ended in the second round when Dempsey, after having been knocked out of the ring in the first round, floored a staggering Firpo with a hard right smash. This was Dempsey's last successful defense of his title.

7. JOE LOUIS'S KNOCKOUT OF MAX SCHMELING--Yankee Stadium, June 22, 1938. 78

It took Louis only 124 sec. to dethrone Schmeling in their bout for the heavyweight title. His victory avenged an earlier defeat by Schmeling, which Hitler had proclaimed as proof of Aryan superiority.

8. JETS' SUPER BOWL VICTORY OVER COLTS--Miami, Jan. 12, 1969. 70

Joe Namath, the Jets' upstart quarterback, predicted a Jets' upset over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. As good as his word, he led the Jets to a 16-7 victory, the first Super Bowl win for an AFL team.

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