Colts beat Giants in overtime in Greatest Football Game Ever Played, thereby inventing NFL; Palmer wins Masters, thereby inventing golf; Yankees take seventh Series for Stengel since '49; original Sugar Ray wins sixth world title (back when there was only one champion per division); 17-year-old Pelé leads Brazil to its first World Cup, thereby inventing Pelé.
Wild Card 1982
Montana to Clark for The Catch to beat Dallas; Niners' first Super Bowl win, over Cincinnati; freshman named Jordan drains jumper to give NCAAs to Dean (finally); Henderson steals record 130 bases; Watson chips in at Pebble Beach to beat Nicklaus in U.S. Open, then wins British to become last double Open winner.
Celtics' eighth in a row; Notre Dame plays for the tie against Michigan State in the second Game of the Century; Frank Robinson, baseball's last pure Triple Crown winner; Nicklaus, first Masters repeat; Palmer collapses in Open, thereafter masters endorsements.
Bobby Jones achieves golf's only Grand Slam; Gallant Fox wins Triple Crown; Hack Wilson (above) knocks in 190 runs; Rockne's last undefeated Irish national champions; Philadelphia A's—best baseball team ever?—repeat.
Designated Year 1927
Ruth swats 60; Yankees—best baseball team ever?—sweep Pirates in Series; the Harlem Globetrotters make their debut; Tunney long-counts Dempsey; Helen Wills wins first of eight Wimbledons; Jones sets British Open record at St. Andrews.
U.S. wins more than half the golds in track at the London Olympics; Cubs (below) win their last World Series...ever; Fred Merkle makes the most famous sports boner...ever; defacing of baseball is outlawed, thereby institutionalizing cheating; Christy Mathewson wins career-high 37 for Giants...and Ed Walsh wins 40 for White Sox; Jack Johnson becomes first black boxing champ.
DiMaggio's 56 straight; that last .400 by Ted Williams; Louis knocks out Conn in 13th; Whirlaway wins Triple Crown as Arcaro wins his first of two; Craig Wood is first to win Masters and U.S. Open in same year.
Well, lookee here: 1998 makes the top five....Hillary and Norgay conquer Everest; Yankees win fifth straight World Series (mercifully it was not called a "fivepeat" then); Hogan takes all three majors he plays in; Little Mo, Maureen Connolly, wins first women's Grand Slam; Dark Star upsets unbeatable Native Dancer in Derby; Braves move to Milwaukee, starting the franchise fandango that will revolutionize professional sports.
The Thrilla in Manila; Ashe surprises Connors at Wimbledon; Ruffian, greatest filly ever, dies in match race; UCLA wins 10th (and last) championship for Wooden in 12-year stretch; Billie Jean wins sixth Wimbledon; Carlton Fisk body-Englishes homer to win Game 6 of Series; Bobby Fischer stripped of his world chess title.