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    The 30 Most Iconic Sports Photographs Of All Time

    A collection of moving photographs that demonstrate the pain of heartbreak and the pure, unadulterated joy of triumph. Warning: Even if you don't like sports, you may end up weeping.

    1. Derek Redmond And His Dad Finish An Olympic Race

    2. Diego Maradona Takes On Six Defenders

    3. Mickey Mantle Takes Out His Bad Day On His Batting Helmet

    4. Muhammad Ali Stands Over Sonny Liston

    5. Roger Bannister Runs The First Sub-Four-Minute Mile

    6. Eddie Gaedel Becomes The Only Little Person To Play Major League Baseball

    7. JT Snow Saves Dusty Baker's Young Son

    8. Derek Jeter Dives Into The Stands

    9. Mark Cuban Finally Wins An NBA Title, Celebrates Accordingly

    10. Joe Carter's Walk-Off World Series Home Run

    11. Scott Norwood Is Sad

    12. Y.A. Tittle In His Last NFL Season

    13. Carlton Fisk Waves A World Series Home Run Fair

    14. Mark Messier Raises The Stanley Cup Ending The New York Rangers 54-Year Draught

    15. University Of Pittsburgh Students Watch The Pirates Win The World Series From A Nearby Roof

    16. Willy Mays Makes "The Catch" In The 1954 World Series

    17. Michael Jordan's Flu Game

    18. Bill Buckner's World Series Error

    19. Gymnastics Coach Béla Károlyi Holds Kerri Strug After Winning The Gold

    20. Bill Mazeroski's Game 7 Walk-Off World Series Home Run

    21. Bobby Orr Flies After His Stanley Cup-Winning Goal

    22. Jesse Owens Wins Gold In Nazi Germany

    23. Dan Jansen's Olympic Heartbreak

    24. The Americans Defeat The Soviet Union In The "Miracle On Ice"

    25. The Black Power Salute On The Podium

    26. Kevin Dyson Is One Yard Short In The Super Bowl

    27. Lou Gehrig Says Goodbye

    Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.

    Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn’t consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure, I’m lucky. Who wouldn’t consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball’s greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy? Sure, I'm lucky.

    When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift — that’s something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies — that’s something. When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter — that's something. When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so that you can have an education and build your body — it's a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed — that's the finest I know.

    So I close in saying that I might have been given a bad break, but I've got an awful lot to live for. Thank you.

    28. Curt Schilling's Bloody Sock

    29. Steve Bartman's Nightmare Night

    30. Brandi Chastain's Goal Clinches The World Cup