On October 8, 1956, then American Major League pitcher for the New York Yankees, Don Larsen, was feeling it in his veins. He wasn’t too excited, nor intimidated by the importance of the event—the World Series Game 5, versus the Brooklyn Dodgers. He went on to pitch a no-hitter, the extremely elusive perfect game that day; the only one on record during a World Series.
This once in a lifetime moment is captured in this photograph. Don Larsen runs to hug his teammate, and catcher Yogi Berra at the Yankee Stadium. They won the Series in 7 games.
In 2012, the Canadian equestrian rider Ian Millar set an Olympic record by making his number 10 appearance in the Olympic Games. The then 65-year-old began his streak in 1972, at the doomed Summer Games in Munich.
There have only been an additional two other Olympians who have made 9 appearances at the Olympics. Ufortauneyly, Millar did not make his 11th Olympic appearance in Rio due to an injury to his horse that will require an operation.
BILL RUSSELL AND WILT CHAMBERLAIN
Double the greatness, NBA legends Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain are photographed boxing out against each other, apparently positioning to grab the rebound. Both are NBA Hall of Famers.
Both centers are known to be perennial rivals; composing the greatest on-court rivalry of all-time. Unlike most basketball rivalries, these two giants shared a common position and, therefore, directly guarded each other. Chamberlain is known as an individualist, while Bill Russell is a team player, known for his defensive and rebounding skills. This photo was taken on March 3, 1968.
Vince Lombardi is a great motivator. His thoughts on football, and sports in general remain popular to this day, almost four decades on from his death. This photograph shows the great coach being lifted up by the Green Bay Packers after he led them to their second consecutive Super Bowl victory, after which, more would follow. They played against the Oakland Raiders and won with a score of 33-14.
Vince Lombardi was named Coach of the Year twice in the years 1959 and 1961. A year after his death, his name was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Photographed above is Joe Montana, known aptly as “The Comeback Kid.” Following his success in college football, he signed signed up with the San Francisco 49ers, where he would showcase his skills as a quarterback. He competed in the NFL for 16 years, but during his early stint in San Francisco he’d already won 4 Super Bowls. He was the first to win the Super Bowl MVP Award three times.
This photograph captures Joe Montana during the Super Bowl XXIII in January of 1989. This was a tight matchup against the Bengals where Joe would lead his team in the waning minutes, marching 92 yards down the field to finally win the game 20-16.