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.