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.
The First Lady Of Racing
When talking about legendary NASCAR racers, the name Louise Smith is always the one to be thrown around. This unbelievable female driver began her career with NASCAR as far back as 1949. A time where it was practically unheard for women to race cars. Not only did she make that dream come true, but she went on to become one of the best race car drivers of all time.
Louise Smith, the second female NASCAR driver in the world, won 38 races in her six-year career at the sport. After a reasonable hiatus, Smith returned to the game in 1971 as a sponsor for other drivers. She even mentored the legendary Ronnie Thomas at the start of his career. Smith was truly a great influence on NASCAR, which is why she received her iconic nickname, the “First Lady Of Racing.”
Among the most controversial players in the NBA, Dennis Rodman stands out for his skills and stunts.
This perfectly timed picture was taken in 1997 at the United Center in Chicago. This amazing shot of Rodman was captured as floated in the air almost parallel to the floor & proves to be one of the best photos ever taken in basketball history.
The NBA had a crazy year from 1961-62. The defense playing practically disappeared, and the number of possessions each team had per game sky-rocketed. Beyond Wilt Chamberlain, almost no one gained anything more from this offensive boom. Unless you were Oscar Robertson, his triple-double average was buoyed by the fact that the team points per game average that year (118.8) was the highest in the league's history.
Of course, we will never see that little emphasis placed on defense ever again, so the probability of a player being able to maintain that kind of output for an entire season is non-existent.
A Moment of Victory
Kerri Strug was a member of the US gymnastics team, The Magnificent Seven. They won the US its first-ever gold medal in the women’s team competition back in 1996 at the Summer Olympics held in Atlanta.
Kerri Strug suffered an ankle injury during her first performance at the vault. She was visibly in pain but refused to quit. This photograph captures the moment she lands after her second attempt, holding her pose, while her teammates held their breaths from the sidelines. Her performance was critical to the team’s gold medal hopes.