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With multiple professional and amateur sports leagues suspending games and competitions indefinitely due to coronavirus concerns, there's a big void to fill. But rather than lamenting the absence of live sports, why not enjoy some of the most memorable sporting events of all time over again? Here's where you can watch, while you reminisce and resurrect arguments about who really was the greatest athlete ever.
Baseball (MLB): Shot Heard ‘Round the World
Oct. 3, 1951: In the bottom of the ninth inning, the New York Giants’ Bobby Thomson hits a three-run home run to beat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 5-4. The phrase, “shot heard ‘round the world,” references Ralph Waldo Emerson's poem, “Concord Hymn,” about the Revolutionary War.
Basketball (NBA): The Shot
May 7, 1989: Michael Jordan makes The Shot to win a deciding playoff game over the Cleveland Cavaliers, a legendary moment in a career that would grow to include helping the Chicago Bulls win six championships.
Basketball (NCAA): The Shot
March 28, 1992: To secure the last spot in the Final Four, Christian Laettner of the Duke Blue Devils scored the winning basket with 2.1 seconds remaining in overtime to defeat the Kentucky Wildcats, 104-103.
Boxing: Fight of the Century
March 7, 1971: What was billed as the fight of the century between two undefeated heavyweights matched its hype. Joe Frazier won in a unanimous decision after 15 brutal rounds with Muhammed Ali. The fighters would meet twice more, with Ali winning both.
Football (NCAA): The Play
Nov. 20, 1982: After Stanford kicked a field goal to take a one-point lead with four seconds to go against the University of California, Berkeley, the outcome seemed a given. But the ensuing kickoff included a run for a touchdown by a Cal player who plowed over a Stanford band member to get to the end zone.
Football (NFL): The Immaculate Reception
Dec. 23, 1972: Franco Harris pulls a deflected Terry Bradshaw pass out of the air and rumbles for an improbable touchdown to give the Pittsburgh Steelers an NFL playoff win over the Oakland Raiders.
Golf (PGA): Youngest Masters Champion
April 13, 1997: Tiger Woods becomes the youngest golfer — and first African American — to win the Masters, at age 21. His victory helped broaden the appeal of golf worldwide.
Horse racing: First Triple Crown winner in 25 years
June 10, 1973: Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the Triple Crown, by a staggering 31 lengths to become widely recognized as the greatest racehorse of all time.
Olympics: The Miracle on Ice
Feb. 22, 1980: In the semifinals of the Winter Olympics hockey tournament, the U.S. defeated the highly favored team from the U.S.S.R., 4-3, in what many consider the greatest team upset in Olympics history.
Soccer: The Hand of God
June 22, 1986: Diego Maradona led his Argentina team over England, 2-1, in soccer's World Cup quarterfinals. But the victory included a widely disputed goal that appeared to be scored with the help of Maradona's hand – or with the help of God's hand, depending on your team loyalties.