Sports in The 1970s: The Best of The Decade
Sports in The 70s
Sports continued a steady growth in America during the 70s and below is a review of some of the top sports and biggest sporting moments that occurred during the decade.
The 1970s are known as the golden era for Boxing's heavyweights as some of the best ever competed in this era. Muhammad Ali ruled the decade with wins over fellow Hall of Famers George Foreman, Joe Frazier and Kenny Norton.
The best boxer of the decade belonged to "Hands of Stone" Roberto Duran who is considered by many to be the greatest lightweight champion in boxing history. Duran won the 135 pound championship and defended it 12 times before moving up in weight.
Other top fighters during the 70s were Carlos Monzon (Middleweight great), Bob Foster (Light Heavyweight), Wilfredo Gomez (Jr. Featherweight Knockout Artist), and Jr. Lightweight legend Alexis Arguello.
The 70s produced many memorable title reigns and even more memorable bouts such as Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier 1, 2 and 3. Ali vs George Foreman and Foreman destroying Joe Frazier. Also, The decade let us see the lightweight beast known as Roberto Duran terrorize Ken Buchanan for the lightweight title and then defended it 12 times.
Baseball has always been a huge sport in the United States and it's often been called America's past time. Below is a list of the World Series winners for the 1970s decade. No one team was completely dominant ford the decade although the Oakland A's captured three championships in a row.
1970- Baltimore Orioles
1971- Pittsburgh Pirates
1972- Oakland Athletics
1973- Oakland Athletics
1974- Oakland Athletics
1975- Cincinnati Reds
1976- Cincinnati Reds
1977- New York Yankees
1978- New York Yankees
1979- Pittsburgh Pirates
Major League Baseball had lots of superstars in the 70s. The best of the decade were: Reggie Jackson (Yankees), Joe Morgan (Reds), Tom Seaver (Mets), Mike Schmidt (Phillies), and Steve Carlton (Phillies).
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Below are the NBA Champions from 1970-1979.
1970: New York Knicks
1971: Milwaukee Bucks
1972: Los Angeles Lakers
1973: New York Knicks
1974: Boston Celtics
1975: Golden State Warriors
1976: Boston Celtics
1977: Portland Trailblazers
1978: Washington Bullets
1979: Seattle Supersonics
This is when the NBA really started to experience a huge growth in popularity. Some great players emerged in this era. The top players were: Kareem Abdul Jabbar (Lakers), Bill Walton (Trailblazers), Moses Malone (Rockets) and Dave Cowens (Celtics) just to name a few.
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NFL SuperBowl Champions From 1970-1979
Dallas Cowboys (Twice)
Miami Dolphins (Twice)
Pittsburgh Steelers (Three Times)
The Pittsburgh Steelers were easily the team of the decade as they not only won 3 Super Bowls but were one of the top teams every other time as well. Terry Bradshaw was a tough and accurate quarterback and the steel curtain defense was brutal.
The decade was ruled by: Bradshaw, Roger Staiback (Cowboys), and Kenny Stabler (Raiders), Walter Peyton (Bears), Earl Campbell (Oilers), O.J. Simpson (Bills), Lynn Sawnn (Steelers), Joe Greene (Steelers), Dick Butkus (Bears) and Jack Lambert (Steelers) among many others.
Safety was starting to become a hot topic during the late 70s which led to more padding, stricter rules,etc. in the 1980s. Having said that, The 1970s was a great time to be a football fan as many classic plays and good games were played during this period.
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Horse Racings golden age was the 70s and the sport hit it's peak in this decade before it's slow decline started. Seattle Slew in '77 and Affirmed in '78 were allowed to compete at the top level at the unheard of age of four. Aside from those legendary horses America also had Secretariat who won in '74.
Outside the U.S. Horse Racing was doing just fine with England and Ireland winning the Triple Crown once each. Mexico took a win home with a terrific horse called Grand Zar.
Horse Racing which is a hugely betted on sport started a small decline during this period of time.
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Tennis and Golf
Jimmy Conners, John Newcombe, Bjorn Borg, Arthur Ashe and John McEnroe ruled the decade and commanded center attention in the 70s while tennis was experiencing a growth spurt.
Tennis was finally becoming a major sport for women as well. Margaret Court completed a Grand Slam of tournament wins.
The best Golfers during the 70s were Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player among many others. Many of these great players went on to become hall of fame inductees and some had careers that lasted over 50 years in the pro ranks.
Golf takes patience, hard work, skills and a little bit of luck to become the best but some do exactly that.
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Soccer or Futballl outside of America is the number one sport in the entire world and it's in the top five in the United States. Below is a list of the World Cup winners from 1970-1979.
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The best players of the decade are: Pele, Eusebio, and Johan Cruyff.
Soccer takes immense stamina and at the highest levels immense skill and talent to achieve greatness. The number one sport in the world is played in over 200 countries and spectators flock to stadiums and television sets on a regular basis to witness it.
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