Whether you were watching on television, listening on the radio, or attending the game, everyone has their own sports moment they remember forever.
Some of these moments were life-changing, while others simply altered the sports landscape.
Some of these moments occurred over a period of time, while others happened in a matter of seconds.
And some of these moments, redefined history.
So without any further introduction, I present the 50 greatest sports moments of all-time.
But before I get to the list, here are 10 honorable mentions that failed to make the cut:
1) Tiger Woods' Sex Scandal
2) An injured Kirk Gibson's pinch-hit, walk-off home run in Game One of the 1988 World Series
3) The Death of Barbaro
4) Bill Mazeroski's walk-off home run in Game Seven of the 1960 World Series
5) Vince Young's memorable comeback vs. USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl
6) The Death of Dale Earnhardt
7) Buster Douglas defeats Mike Tyson
8) The Immaculate Reception
9) Muhammad Ali lights the Olympic torch in Atlanta
10) Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne's "Win One For The Gipper" speech
If I left off your favorite sports moment, I'm sorry to disappoint you. My advice would be to go ahead and make your own list.
Then and only then, you will have nothing to worry about.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy.
The journey that will be spanning over numerous decades, begins right now.
The 1919 World Series, which featured the Chicago White Sox versus the Cincinnati Reds, resulted in the most famous scandal in baseball history.
Eight members of the White Sox were banned for life from baseball for throwing the World Series games, including the great "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, to go along with Eddie Cicotte, Claude Williams, Buck Weaver, Arnold Gandil, Fred McMullin, Charles Risberg, and Oscar Felsch.
Although the Reds won the World Series 5-3 (best-of-nine at the time), it was the scandal that stole the headlines, as the White Sox have become more famous for losing than the Reds have for winning.
July 11, 1914: 19-year-old George Herman “Babe” Ruth is the winning pitcher in his major league debut for the Boston Red Sox.
September 11, 1918: Boston wins the World Series over the Chicago Cubs in six games. Ruth wins games one and four and extends his Series scoreless-innings streak to 29.2, a mark that will stand for 43 years. Ruth's career World Series ERA is a remarkable .087 in 31.1 innings pitched.
January 3, 1920: Red Sox owner and Broadway producer Harry Frazee sells Ruth to the Yankees for $125,000 in cash and a $300,000 loan. Frazee uses the money to open his Broadway show, "No, No, Nannette."
October 15, 1923: New York wins its first championship in the first World Series played at the brand-new Yankee Stadium.
86 years later, the Red Sox win the 2004 World Series, and the curse is finally over.
Jesse Owens, was an African-American track and field star, who became an American icon for his performance at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.
Before the eyes of the Nazi leadership, and in front of the Third Reich, who had hoped to use the games as a source of propaganda for Aryan nationalism, Owens would claim four gold medals and set records that lasted for more than two decades.
Entering these games, Adolf Hitler had high hopes the German athletes would dominate the games.
However, with victories in the 100 meters in an Olympic-record time of 10.3 seconds, the long jump, the 200 meters, and the 4 x 100-meter relay that would set a world record at 39.8 seconds, it was Owens who became the star of the Olympics.
We've heard it a million times. We know how the speech goes.
On July 4, 1930, it was simply remarkable how a man who knew he was dying was able to stand before 60,000 people at Yankee Stadium, and genuinely state he was "the luckiest man in the world" for having the opportunity to wear the Yankee Pinstripes, and to play the game he loved.
That's what Lou Gehrig did.
But it wasn't Gehrig who was the lucky one. It was everyone else who got the opportunity to see the "Iron Horse" play baseball.
What began on May 15, 1941 against Chicago White Sox didn't end until July 17, against the Cleveland Indians.
For 56 games, DiMaggio would hit safely in every game, setting a record that still stands to date, and in my opinion, will never be broken.
After his streak came to an end, DiMaggio would go onto hit safely in the next 17 games.
Imagine if he got a hit on July 17, 1941...we can only ask the question, what if?
On October 30, 1945, Jackie Robinson signed a major league contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers becoming the first African-American athlete to play in the Major Leagues.
Along with breaking the color barrier, Robinson also won the Major League Rookie of the Year award after finishing the season with 12 home runs, a league-leading 29 steals, a .297 batting average, a .427 slugging percentage, and 125 runs scored.
Apart from Robinson's impact on the American culture and being instrumental in the Civil Right movements, Robinson went onto have a stellar baseball career.
Over 10 seasons, he played in six World Series, and won the 1955 World Series as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson was a six-time All-Star, and in 1949 became the first black player to win the National League MVP award.
Robinson is not only a member of the baseball Hall of Fame, but his uniform number is retired by all 30 Major League teams. Robinson took a civil stance, made history, and wasn't afraid of any of the consequences he was going to face.
Robinson changed the game of baseball forever, and created a path for fellow African-Americans to follow.
They certainly followed in his footsteps.
For this one, I'll let Russ Hodges, who was broadcasting the game on WMCA-AM radio for the New York Giants, take it from here:
"Bobby Thomson...up there swingin'...He's had two out of three, a single and a double, and Bill Cox is playing him right on the third-base line...One out, last of the ninth...Branca pitches...Bobby Thomson takes a strike called on the inside corner...Bobby hitting at .292...He's had a single and a double and he drove in the Giants' first run with a long fly to center...Brooklyn leads it 4-2...Hartung down the line at third not taking any chances...Lockman with not too big of a lead at second, but he'll be runnin' like the wind if Thomson hits one...Branca throws...
There's a long drive...it's gonna be, I believe...THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT!! THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT! THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT! THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT! Bobby Thomson hits into the lower deck of the left-field stands! The Giants win the pennant and they're goin' crazy, they're goin' crazy! HEEEY-OH!!!"
And if you didn't know, the Giants won the pennant.
On May 6, 1954, 25-year-old British medical student, Roger Bannister, runs a mile in less than four minutes.
On October 8, 1956, Don Larsen pitches a perfect game in Game Five of the World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
The Yankees won the 1956 World Series, and to this day, Larsen's perfect game remains the only no-hitter of any type in postseason history.
There are a few perfect things in this world, and Larsen's World Series performance was one of them.
On December 28, the Baltimore Colts defeated the New York Giants 23-17, in an overtime thriller marking the beginning of the NFL's popularity and the birth to a television sport.
No matter what the analysts and experts have labeled this game, I can't agree with that.
I wasn't around to see this game on television, but in the history of the NFL, this was not the greatest game ever.
But that's for another day.
However, this game changed the way the NFL was seen on television, and for that, I will always be grateful.
On March 2, 1962, Philadelphia Warrior's Wilt Chamberlain becomes the first player in NBA history to score 100 points in a game.
Was anyone playing defense for the New York Knicks that night?
Some things never change.
One of the greatest boxing upsets of all time occurred on February 25, 1964, when a young, 22-year old Olympic champion, underdog Cassius Clay defeated the seemingly indestructible heavyweight champion, Sonny Liston.
The highly anticipated match took place in Miami Beach, Florida.
Clay, who later became known to the world as Muhammad Ali, went on to become the first fighter to capture the heavyweight title three times.
After his knockout of Liston, Clay announced to the world, “I am the greatest."
Well said Clay, because you certainly were.
Bob Beamon became best known for his long-standing world-record long jump at the 1968 Mexico Olympics.
Official Jump: 8.90 m (29 ft. 2.5 in.).
You try jumping that far.
The record stood for 23 years until Mike Powell broke it by only two inches in 1991.
Super Bowl III, which took place on January 12, 1969, was not only one of the last great moments in New York Jets history, but one of the greatest moments in sports history.
Days leading up to the game, Broadway Joe Namath stated "We're gonna win the game. I guarantee it." It was a bold statement to make against the 18-point favorite, 13-1, Baltimore Colts.
But after boldly guaranteeing a victory prior to the game, Namath went onto complete 17 out of 28 passes for 206 yards, and was named Super Bowl MVP, en route to a 16-7 championship victory.
Super Bowl III was the first Super Bowl victory for the AFL, and helped merge both leagues into what is now known as the National Football League.
He scored only four points, but Willis Reed's presence was more than enough to inspire the Knicks to a Game Seven victory, 113-99, over the Los Angeles Lakers, giving the Knicks their franchise's first NBA Championship.
Although Walt Frazier, who led the Knicks with 36 points and 19 assists and had one of the great playoff performances in NBA history, it was the captain's heroic entrance out of the tunnel that led the way for the Knickerbockers encouraging victory, and "Willed" them to an NBA championship.
What would Monday nights be without a little music from Hank Williams Jr.?
The 1972 Summer Olympics were headlined by the Munich Massacre, when members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage by the Palestinian terrorist group Black September.
11 Israelis were murdered.
However, the most controversial part of the Olympics came in the gold medal game when the USA Olympic Basketball team battled for the gold medal against the Soviet Union.
With three seconds left and the Americans leading the Soviets by one point, a Soviet member of the coaching staff interrupted game officials to argue that the team was due a timeout after a missed free throw. Although the Soviets were not, an official granted a timeout to them anyway.
Another play was run, and when the Soviets failed to score, the American team was sent into a joyous celebration over their apparent victory.
But the play was ruled invalid because the game clock had not been properly reset when the ball was inbounded.
On the final play of the game, the clock was reset and after a third play was run, the Soviets scored a layup to win, 51-50, crushing the United States' dream of a gold medal.
Whether or not this was a conspiracy, to this day, the American team has not accepted their silver medals.
Proving American pride will always be more important than a silver medal that hangs around your neck.
The Kentucky Derby: Secretariat breaks the track-record with a time of 1:59.4, en route to winning by 2.5 lengths.
The Preakness Stakes: Secretariat is never challenged and wins by 2.5 lengths with a time of 1:53.4.
The Belmont Stakes: Secretariat wins by an astonishing 31 lengths, en route to the fastest 1.5 miles in history, 2:24, breaking the Belmont Stakes record by more than two seconds.
For the first time since Citation won the Triple Crown in 1948, Secretariat becomes the Triple Crown winner and the ninth horse in racing history to accomplish this remarkable feat.
Before Orenthal James Simpson was Detective Nordberg.
Before he was charged with the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman.
Before he was involved in a highway police pursuit in a white Ford Bronco SUV, Simpson was a Heisman Trophy winner, an NFL MVP, and a Hall of Famer.
In 1973, Simpson became the first player in NFL history to rush for over 2,000 yards (2,003) in a single season, and while five other players have since passed the 2,000 rush yard mark, Simpson is the only player to accomplish this feat in a 14-game season (the NFL changed to a 16-game season in 1978).
The record would stand until Eric Dickerson of the Los Angeles Rams would rush for 2,105 yards in 1984.
Simpson had the fame, the fortune, the beautiful wife, and the lifestyle of an NFL star.
He is currently serving a nine year prison sentence at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nevada for being convicted of kidnapping and armed robbery charges.
Now, Simpson has nothing.
Hank Aaron entered the 1974 season, one home run shy of Babe Ruth's all-time home run record of 714 career home runs.
On April 8, 1974, during the fourth inning of the Atlanta Braves' home opener, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Al Downing would cement his name in the record books forever.
Aaron sent a Downing fastball over the 385-foot sign in left center field becoming the new home run king.
There were no performance-enhancing drugs, or over-the-counter supplements. Only a baseball player with a dream of being the best, and on this night, Aaron was.
Although the historic number of 715 has since been passed by Barry Bonds, there is no debating, the home run record still belongs to Aaron.
On October 3, 1975, John Wooden won his 10th NCAA title as a head coach in his final season at the helm, including seven in a row from 1967 to 1973.
His UCLA team's also won a record of 88 consecutive games from 1971 through 1974, and amassed four perfect 30–0 seasons.
They won 38 straight games in NCAA Tournaments, and a record 98 straight home game wins at Pauley Pavillion.
Wooden was named NCAA College Basketball's "Coach of the Year" in 1964, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, and 1973.
One of the greatest coaching resumes you will ever see.
R.I.P John Wooden (10/14/1910-07/04/2010)
Was this the original "Music City Miracle?"
Trailing the Stanford Cardinals 20–19 with four seconds remaining in the game, the California Golden Bears needed a touchdown and a miracle to win.
They got both.
On the ensuing kickoff, after multiple lateral passes, and through the trombone player and other members of the band, the Golden Bears scored the game-winning touchdown, en route to a 25–20 controversial victory.
Watch "The Play," and then ask yourself, if you have ever seen a more wild finish to an ending of a game?
Maybe you have, but this certainly ranks up there amongst the best finishes of all time.
Thanks to Lorenzo Charles' dunk at the buzzer off a Dereck Whittenburg's air ball from 30 feet away, the North Carolina State Wolfpack pulled off one of the greatest upsets in college sports history with a 54-52 victory in the national championship game over the Houston Cougars.
After the game, Jimmy V. is seen running around the court looking for someone to hug.
That's the moment from this game that I will remember forever.
What's another Green Jacket when you already have five?
For Nicklaus, it obviously wasn't satisfying enough, because at the age of 46, Nicklaus records his sixth and final Masters title, and earns major championship number 18.
The 1986 Masters was a legendary performance for a legendary golfer, which ended with a final round 65 on Sunday at Augusta National.
What a way to go out.
Diego Maradona scores two goals for Argentina against England in the 1986 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals.
The "Hand of G-d," one of the most controversial goals in soccer history, occurred when Maradona scored as a result of an illegal, but uncalled handball, in the quarterfinal match of the 1986 FIFA World Cup between England and Argentina.
Five minutes later, Maradona scored the “Greatest Goal in FIFA World Cup History,” making the score 2–0 in favor of Argentina.
Argentina would go onto capture the 1986 FIFA World Cup, claiming their second World Cup title.
During Game Six of the 1986 World Series, in the bottom of the 10th inning with the game tied at five, Mookie Wilson chops a 3-2 pitch up the first base line.
The ball bounces between Bill Buckner's legs and rolls behind him.
Ray Knight rounds third and heads home, hopping with joy, as the Mets tied the Series at three games apiece.
And yes, the Mets won Game Seven, and became 1986 World Series champions.
On August 23, 1989, the all-time hits leader Pete Rose is banned from baseball after gambling allegations.
To date, Rose has not been reinstated.
He is the only living member on baseball's ineligible list, and cannot be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
On August 9, 1988, Wayne Gretzky is traded to the Los Angeles Kings in one of the most shocking trades in sports history.
Almost a year later, on October 15, 1989, Gretzky returned to Edmonton, one point shy of Gordie Howe's all-time scoring record.
On that night, the Great One became the NHL's all-time leading scorer, after surpassing Howe's total of 1,850 points.
But adding the icing on the cake to what was already a magical evening, Gretzky scored the game-winning goal, 3:24 into overtime, putting an end to one of the most memorable games in NHL history.
The 1989 World Series was played between the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants.
Although the A's would sweep the Giants in four games, this World Series will always be remembered for the Loma Prieta earthquake, which not only struck California, but the baseball world as well.
No-Hitter No. 1:
May 15, 1973—California Angels vs. Kansas City Royals. Ryan records 12 strikeouts and three walks.
No-Hitter No. 2:
July 15, 1973—California Angels vs. Detroit Tigers. Ryan records 17 strikeouts and four walks.
No-Hitter No. 3:
Sept. 28, 1974—California Angels vs. Minnesota Twins. Ryan records 15 strikeouts and eight walks.
No-Hitter No. 4:
June 1, 1975—California Angels vs. Baltimore Orioles. Ryan records nine strikeouts and four walks.
No-Hitter No. 5:
Sept. 26, 1981—Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Dodgers. Ryan records 11 strikeouts and three walks.
No Hitter No. 6:
June 11, 1990—Texas Rangers vs Oakland Athletics. Ryan records 14 strikeouts and two walks.
Then on May 1, 1991, against the Toronto Blue Jays, Ryan records 16 strikeouts and two walks, en route to pitching his unimaginable seventh no-hitter of his Hall of Fame career.
In November of 1991, Magic Johnson announces he is HIV positive, and retires from the NBA immediately.
Amidst controversy, Johnson was voted by the fans to participate in the 1992 NBA All-Star game. Johnson led the West to a 153–113 victory and was named the All-Star game MVP after recording 25 points, nine assists, and five rebounds.
At the age of 36, Johnson attempted a comeback to the NBA. However, after a first round loss to the Houston Rockets in the 1995-1996 playoffs, Johnson officially called it a career, leaving the game on his own terms.
The way retirement is supposed to be.
On March 28, 1992, Christian Laettner became a Duke legend.
The NCAA East Regional Finals featured Duke vs. Kentucky, Mike Krzyzewski vs. Rick Pitino, the Blue Devils vs. the Wildcats.
There were 2.1 seconds left on the clock, and a trip to the Final Four was on the line.
Grant hill was inbounding the ball. Laettner was roaming around the foul line. Duke was trailing Kentucky 103-102.
Hill throws a full court pass to Laettner, who magically catches the ball at the foul line. He takes one dribble, fakes right, spins left, rises and shoots...
Duke wins, and Laettner has his one shining moment.
Did anyone have Michigan winning the 1993 national championship?
Did a chair go through the television set when Chris Webber called a timeout with no timeouts remaining during the 1993 NCAA title game, giving North Carolina two free throws and a 73-71 victory?
There is no doubt Webber's timeout call is the worst blunder in the history of the NCAA tournament.
The 1994 Major League Baseball strike was the eighth work stoppage in baseball history.
The 232-day strike lasted from August 12, 1994 to April 2, 1995, led to the cancellation of 938 games overall, including the entire 1994 postseason and World Series.
A sad time in baseball history.
Down 3-2 in the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals to the New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers captain Mark Messier guaranteed a Game Six victory.
He backed it up by scoring a natural hat trick.
Then in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Finals, the famous words of "Matteau! Matteau! Matteau!" were heard from Broadway to the New Jersey Turnpike when Stephane Matteau scored the game-winning goal in double-overtime.
But the excitement was only growing.
In the Stanley Cup finals against the Vancouver Canucks, the Rangers would end their 54-year drought without a Stanley Cup, as all Rangers fans were now able to "Die In Peace."
While at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit, Tonya Harding (don't believe the reports that her husband planned the attack) plans an assault on Nancy Kerrigan.
Kerrigan gets clubbed in the knee with a baton, and recovers quickly in preparation for the Olympics.
Seven weeks later, at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics, Kerrigan wins the silver medal—a figure skating performance of a lifetime.
On September 6, 1995, Cal Ripken surpassed Lou Gehrig's 56-year-old record when he played in his 2,131st consecutive game.
He would not stop there, as his record of 2,632 consecutive games spanned over 17 seasons.
What started on May 30, 1982 finally came to an end on September 20, 1998 against the New York Yankees in front of his home crowd.
Charlie Hayes catches the 27th out of the 1996 World Series.
The New York Yankees are World Series champions.
A Yankees dynasty is born.
In August of 1996, Tiger Woods introduces himself to the world with two simple words "Hello World."
On April 13, 1997, a 21-year-old golfer in a red shirt officially arrives after a 12-shot victory at the 1997 Masters, becoming the youngest Masters champion.
A moment that changed the game of golf forever.
On June 28, 1997, Mike Tyson takes a bite of Evander Holyfield's ear.
Do I really need to explain?
Leading the 1998 NBA finals 3-2, the Chicago Bulls trailed the Utah Jazz in Game Six, 86-85 with 10 seconds remaining.
And as we've seen multiple times before, this was Michael Jordan's time.
He started to dribble right, then crossed over to his left. Jordan then released a jump-shot over Jazz defender Byron Russell, and the rest was history.
Championship number six for Jordan and the Bulls.
The perfect way for the greatest basketball player of all time to leave the game.
Let's just all pretend the Washington Wizards never happened.
Numerous ailments including Hodgkin's lymphoma and back problems forced Mario Lemieux to retire from the NHL in 1997.
After a three year hiatus, Lemieux attempted a comeback on December 27, 2000.
In his first game back, Lemieux had two assists and scored a goal in a 5-0 rout of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
He finished the season with a remarkable 76 points in only 43 games, being named a Hart Trophy finalist.
Having only played 915 out of a potential 1428 regular season NHL games, Lemieux's career was plagued and cut-short by multiple health problems.
Although Wayne Gretzky has the records and the points, Lemieux is the greatest hockey player of all-time, and the greatest player that I have ever seen.
First it was the Babe Ruth, who became the first player in Major League history to hit 60 home runs in a season.
Then there was Roger Maris, who on the final game of the 1961 regular season, broke Ruth's single season home run record by hitting his 61st home run.
Then in 1998, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa revitalized baseball with a home run duel for the ages. But it was McGwire who won the battle, by becoming the first player reach the 70 home run mark.
Lastly, on October 5, 2001, Barry Bonds became the new home run regular season champion by hitting his 71st home run of the season, en route to finishing with 73 home runs on the year.
Another baseball record that will never be broken.
Led by 18-year-old freshman Carmelo Anthony, and head coach Jim Boeheim, Syracuse captured the 2003 national championship with a 81-78 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks.
Gerry McNamara would hit six three-pointers in the first half, but it was Hakim Warrick's block on Michael Lee's three point attempt with 0.7 seconds remaining in the game, which secured Boeheim's first national championship as a head coach.
Anthony scored 20 points, had 10 rebounds and seven assists, helping him earn the honor of Most Outstanding Player in the Final Four—an award which was well deserved.
This was a freshman year that I will never forget.
Here's what happened:
The New York Yankees take a 3-0 series lead in the 2004 American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox.
Boston wins four games in a row, and become the first team in history of MLB to win a playoff series after trailing 3-0.
And if you don't know what happened in the World Series go rent "Fever Pitch," because I'm sick of writing about it.
Because reminiscing about the 2004 playoffs makes me sick to my stomach.
In the 2008 Summer Olympics, Michael Phelps surpassed Mark Spitz by winning eight gold medals, the record for the most medals won at a single Olympics.
Phelps would set seven new world records, only missing the 100m Butterfly, where he beat Milorad Cavic by a fingernail (0.01 seconds to be exact) in one of the greatest races in the history of the Summer Olympics.
Phelps' performance will never be forgotten.
Although the New England Patriots finished the 2007-2008 regular season with a perfect 16-0 record, becoming the first team to accomplish this feat since the 1972 Miami Dolphins, the Patriots finished the year with one blemish on their record.
Entering Super Bowl XLII as a 14-point favorite, New England would fall short of perfection, becoming the greatest one loss team of all time.
Super Bowl XLII.
Final Score: New York Giants 17, New England Patriots 14.
I'll leave it at that.
Actually one more thing—Thank You David Tyree.
The 2008 Wimbledon final featured number one Roger Federer and number two Rafael Nadal.
But unlike any other previous Grand Slam battles between these two, this will go down as the greatest tennis match of all time.
Lasting four hours and 48 minutes, the longest match in Wimbledon history, Nadal won on the scoreboard, but that night, both men walked off the grass court as champions.
Playing with a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee at the 2008 U.S. Open Championship at Torrey Pines, Tiger Woods captured his third U.S. Open championship and 14th major title, after defeating Rocco Mediate on the first hole of the sudden-death playoff.
It's possible that this could be Woods' last major championship, and if that is the case, this was certainly the greatest victory of his "illustrious" career.
Although this list was not in ranking order, this is the greatest moment in sports history.
"Do you believe in miracles?"
I didn't before, but I do now.