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Key Moments in Sports History

Updated on August 17, 2017

Major Sports Moments

Joe Louis and Max Schmeling fought twice winning one a piece. Louis won the rematch with a first round knockout.
Joe Louis and Max Schmeling fought twice winning one a piece. Louis won the rematch with a first round knockout. | Source
Joe Namath seen on this football card won the Super Bowl with the New York Jets. He talked a big game but backed it up on the field.
Joe Namath seen on this football card won the Super Bowl with the New York Jets. He talked a big game but backed it up on the field. | Source
O.j. Simpson, seen on the cover of Time magazine, goes To Trial For the murder of his wife.
O.j. Simpson, seen on the cover of Time magazine, goes To Trial For the murder of his wife. | Source
Dale Earnhardt earned his place among the sports great before he died tragically doing what he loved in 2001.
Dale Earnhardt earned his place among the sports great before he died tragically doing what he loved in 2001. | Source
Jesse Owens is an Olympic Champion and an American icon. He was born and raised in Alabama.
Jesse Owens is an Olympic Champion and an American icon. He was born and raised in Alabama. | Source
Hank Aaron broke the home run record in baseball. He will always be remembered as one of history's best baseball players.
Hank Aaron broke the home run record in baseball. He will always be remembered as one of history's best baseball players. | Source
ESPN launched in 1979 and has been a constant source of sports news ever since especially with the news show called Sportscenter.
ESPN launched in 1979 and has been a constant source of sports news ever since especially with the news show called Sportscenter. | Source

Memorable Sports Moments

Thousands of sports moments have taken place over the years but, the ten items listed below are famous for various reasons all their own.

1. Joe Louis Knocks out Max Schmeling in one round in the boxing ring: The Brown Bomber united America together against Hitler and pounded Germany's Max Schmeling in one brutal round. No matter what your race was Joe made you feel lucky to be an American and so proud of him. Louis went on to defend the heavyweight title 25 times. A record that still stands to this very day. Louis is considered one of the top few best heavyweights in the sport's long history.

2. Joe Namath of the N.Y. Jets predicts a Super Bowl win and gets it: Namath not only predicted he would win the Super Bowl but went out their and beat the favored Colts in fashion. He also was the Super Bowl MVP as he led his Jets to a 16-7 victory. The Jets were big underdogs and people actually laughed at Namath and then he won the Super Bowl and really started to trash talk. Namath was really an overachiever who did far more than most thought he could especially with lingering injuries.

3. Jesse Owens winning the 1936 Olympics in the world's first televised sporting event: This event was special because Jesse Owens won Gold during Hitler's awful reign of terror and proved African Americans are not secondary to nobody. What an important moment in history this was and bravo to Mr. Jesse Owens who was born and raised in the state of Alabama. He was a true athlete who had stamina because he trained as hard as his body could take it.

4. O.J. Simpson Murder Trial: Simpson was a great NFL running back for the Bills, Sportscaster and movie star when he was accused of killing his wife. He was acquitted but, later was sent to prison on unrelated charges years later. Simpson has pushed his luck one too many times and has been locked up for another charge since then. I remember watching his trial verdict on television in 11th grade English class.

5. Hank Aaron breaks the All Time Home run record: Aaron has 755 total home runs which is simply amazing. Aaron broke the legendary Babe Ruth's home run record. Aaron was motivation for his team because he had an indelible work ethic and was known to be on the field early and off of it late. An inspiration for many, in and off the field.

6. NFL Draft is invented in 1936: The draft changed the face of the NFL and made it more of an even playing field. Great idea then and it works well now. Before the advent of the draft the NFL was usually won by the same two or three football teams. Also, it is a major event which is televised on ESPN.

7. 1919 Black Sox Sporting Scandal: Gangsters and players for the White Sox intentionally lose the World Series to the Reds in the worst scandal in sports history.

8. ESPN Launches in 1979: ESPN was the first ever total Sports network and unless you pay extra on your bill it's still the only one. Constant reporting of every major sport was a big invention for sports fans.

9. Nascar Legend Dale Earnhardt dies in a Crash while racing: In 2001 The Legend died in the final lap while racing in the Daytona 500 of Skull Fracture. A true legend and gentleman, his passing shook the sporting world.

10. Mike Tyson is convicted of Rape: Tyson who was not just a boxer but a mainstream celebrity goes to prison for over three years after a jury convicted him of rape. Nintendo even pulled his Mike Tyson's Punch Out video game off the shelves.

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Joe Louis knocked out Max Schmeling in under one round. It was during Nazi uprising in Germany and Max was a German. When it was over all of America rejoiced. The first time theses two boxers met in the squared circle Louis was undefeated and Schmeling won by knockout. This time around Louis was the champion and out for revenge. He instantly ravaged Max with lefts and rights to the body sending Max down several times. At one point Schmeling was draped helplessly over the top rope as the Brown Bomber poured hooks from all angles to poor Max.

This was more than a boxing match it was a global event and the most important sporting moment in history at that time. America went ballistic when Louis crushed his German foe. It was one of the most one sided title fights in boxing history.

© 2012 Buster Johnson

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    • Bob Bamberg profile image

      Bob Bamberg 4 years ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

      Hi Leslie, interesting hub, but coming from Red Sox nation, I'd have to put their amazing comeback in the 2004 ALCS vs the Yankees right up there, too. Their crumminess last Sept. through this Sept. didn't hurt too much. I just kept loading that playoff DVD into the machine and reliving the glory. Regardless of what they do the rest of my life, that 2004 ALCS will sustain me.

      My stepson was at the race that fatal day. He didn't know Dale had died until after he left the track. He was bogged down in bumper to bumper traffic and a car went by that had "RIP3" taped to a window.

      Voted up and interesting. Regards, Bob