This book celebrates the great moments of sports history. It is full of stirring images and insightful prose. It is a great read for fans of all sports, especially those that have a historical significance. A great selection of moments can be found throughout this book, including Jackie Robinson’s historic career, the Miracle on Ice, and The Chicago Cubs’ World Series victory.
Jackie Robinson was a great athlete who was known for his athletic ability and was an outstanding athlete in high school. He played a variety of sports, including baseball, basketball, and football. As a young man, he had to deal with racism because of his race. People would yell at him, throw things at him, and threaten him. Yet, Robinson never let these incidents get him down. He eventually attended UCLA and was the first Black athlete to earn varsity letters in all four sports. Among his many achievements was a championship in the long jump.
Robinson’s efforts paid off in the big leagues. The Dodgers’ manager, Leo Durocher, defended him and refused to trade him. The manager’s decision to stick with Robinson set the stage for the rest of his career with the team. In addition to Leo Durocher, Robinson was also supported by League President Ford Frick and Baseball Commissioner Happy Chandler.
After Robinson’s historic debut in Major League baseball, he went on to become the first Black player to win the National League Most Valuable Player Award. In 1949, he led the league in batting average and had the most stolen bases (37). His career ended with him leading the Dodgers to the National League pennant and a World Series championship.
Robinson’s exemplary military service also influenced his life. During World War II, he was accused of racial harassment in the Army and served on bases in Texas and Kansas. He eventually went on to become a second lieutenant in the army but never saw combat. At one point during his time in the Army, he refused to sit in the back of a segregated bus. His court-martial reflected his high character and helped shed light on the injustices of the time.
The Miracle on Ice
The Miracle on Ice was a hockey game played during the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. It pitted the host United States against the Soviet Union in the medal round of the men’s hockey tournament. In a historic match, the Americans triumphed 3-2 in the final. The game became an enduring legend.
The game was a turning point for American hockey and was named the greatest sporting moment of the twentieth century by Sports Illustrated. It inspired many Americans to pursue hockey careers and NHL teams started to take American prospects seriously. The game also inspired several films. The Miracle on Ice was a major event in sports, inspiring millions of Americans to dream of a better future.
The Miracle on Ice had important political and cultural implications. In the 1970s, Washington and Moscow viewed the Olympic medal rankings as a competitive event. By the time of the Munich Olympics, the Soviet Union won seventeen more gold medals than the Americans. However, Team USA had never lost a men’s basketball gold medal in an Olympic tournament. In fact, President Gerald R. Ford was a former football player.
The Miracle on Ice happened during a time when Americans’ opinion of their government and nation was swayed by mounting challenges. For example, the Breton-Woods system was falling in the 1970s and the world energy crisis was rising, which prompted many to question American power. The Iranian Hostage Crisis followed in 1979.
After winning the gold medal, the players lined up on the ice for the national anthem. The players then ascended the podium to receive their medals. The podium was small and could only hold one person, so Eruzione motioned for his teammates to join him.
The Chicago Cubs’ World Series victory
After missing out on the postseason for generations, the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series in a century in 2016. The victory came after a three-run deficit in Game 7 and rain delayed the game. Ben Zobrist’s RBI double broke a tie and scored Albert Almora, giving the Cubs a 4-3 win.
The Chicago Cubs have played continuously since 1876 and have played their home games at Wrigley Field. Many of baseball’s greatest players have worn the Chicago Cubs’ uniforms. The team began in 1876 as the Chicago White Stockings and became a charter member of the National League. They changed their name several times before becoming the Chicago Colts in 1890 and Chicago Orphans in 1902. In 1903, they settled on their current name, Chicago Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs’ NL pennant was earned in 1938 but the team did not win a World Series until 1945. The 1945 World Series began the so-called “Curse of the Billy Goat.” After losing the World Series in the series to the San Francisco Giants, Billy Sianis was banished from Wrigley Field. After the World Series, the Cubs did not return to the World Series for 70 years.
Despite the Cubs’ incredible performance, the team’s post-war history is dotted with epic disappointments. In 1969, the team led the NL Eastern division, but fell eight games behind the New York Mets in the World Series. In 1984, the Cubs were on their way to breaking the curse, but a ground ball that went through first baseman Leon Durham’s legs and helped the Padres defeat them in the NLCS.
The Cubs’ perfect game was just the first of many perfect moments in Cubs history. A perfect game requires a perfect pitch. A perfect game is not easy to achieve, but the Cubs’ perfect game is one of the most remarkable feats in sports.
The Dream Team’s playoff run
In 1988, the US men’s national basketball team competed in the Olympics, but lost in the bronze-medal game. The Olympic committee later overturned the rule banning NBA players from the Olympics, inspiring the creation of the Dream Team. In the first period, the Soviets were ahead 1-0 when Valeriy Krotov deflected a slap shot past Jim Craig. The Dream Team’s only American player, Buzz Schneider, answered with a high shot over Vladislav Tretiak.
Michael Jordan’s clinching of the 1998 NBA title
During the 1998 NBA Finals, Michael Jordan hit one of the most famous shots in NBA history, clinching the series for the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls were facing the Utah Jazz for the second year in a row, but this time, they had home court advantage. The series was a tight one and it was expected that Jordan would win his sixth championship. However, the Bulls would not take it easy and won all three games by just four points.
Despite being on a short leash, MJ’s final game featured a sequence that showcased his dominance. It featured a perfectly timed steal, a pull-up jumper, and the iconic image of MJ’s right hand in the air. This final game would end the Bulls’ dynasty in Chicago and end the NBA era for the franchise.
After a close game in Game 1, Jordan made the game-winning jumper in the final seconds. After forcing Bryon Russell to stumble backward, he pulled up and let fly. The shot was almost identical to Jordan’s famous move from Game 1 of last year’s finals.
Before Jordan’s stunning dunk in the closing minutes, the Bulls already had the best offensive game of the series. A three-pointer by Jordan matched a Malone spin-scoring layup from the top of the key. Bill Russell answered with a three-pointer that missed all three rims. The final game was a thrilling one that ended the series in the Bulls’ favor. In the years after, Jordan returned to the NBA, playing for the Washington Wizards.
Michael Jordan’s clinching of the NBA title was a thrilling, emotional, and unforgettable experience. Jordan’s incredible performance and clutch shooting made this a memorable night in the history of the NBA Finals. As a result, the Bulls won their third straight title and their sixth in eight seasons. The iconic performance earned him his sixth Finals MVP award.