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.
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 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.
The Magic Bird
Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird are photographed together here, in a game between Michigan State and Indiana State on March 26, 1979. They seem to be in a bit of a discussion about ball possession. Their iconic rivalry that would go on for years into pro basketball all started here, where Magic’s Michigan State basketball team would go on to beat Indiana to win the 1979 NCAA finals.
They both retired from the NBA as legends and turned their rivalry into a lasting friendship. Whenever basketball fans talk about the 80s—the Lakers and the Celtics in particular—these two rivals are reborn.
By simply judging this photograph, one would not know that Jackie Joyner-Kersee used to suffer severe asthma. But her discipline and dedication as a track and field athlete would help her overcome this and many other obstacles. She is ranked among the greatest athletes in long jump and heptathlon.
On Sept. 29, 1988, the four-time Olympic gold medalist leaped 7.40 meters to set what was then an Olympic record in the long jump before an ecstatic crowd in Seoul, Korea. There were many rumors at the time linking her to supposed illegal substance use, but investigations would never prove any such claims.