09 February, 2010
MY "BEST" SPORTS MEMORIES
3. Bobby Thompson's "shot that was heard around the world". Thompson homered off Brooklyn Dodgers' Ralph Branca in a game played at the old Polo Grounds in 1951 to give the New York Giants the National League pennant, two games to one. The blast is still thought of as the most dramatic in the history of major league baseball. The Giants went on to face the New York Yankees in the World Series and I am the proud possessor of an official scorebook from that "subway" series, a collector's item if there ever was one.
4. England's Roger Bannister running the world's first four-minute mile, May 6, 1954, on a track at Oxford University. Roger's time of three minutes, 54.4 seconds was soon eclipsed by Aussie John Landry but nothing could exceed the excitement of that first four-minute mile that for generations was thought to be humanly impossible.
5. "Broadway" Joe Namath quarterbacking the New York Jets to a stunning 16-7 upset of the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III in 1968. Even more remarkable was the fact that against all odds Namath "guaranteed" the victory in an interview the day before the big game. I always enjoy underdog upset stories and this is one of the best for me.