20. Cassius Clay Defeats Sonny Liston for Heavyweight Championship (1964)
A one-night event on February 25, 1964 in Miami , Florida holds the record witnessing one of the most amazing upsets in the annals of sports when a brash, fast talking, 22-year-old Olympic champion named Cassius Clay held his ground against a menacing heavyweight champion, the indestructible Sonny Liston. Cassius Clay, or the Louisville Lip, would go on to become “Muhammad Ali,” the poster boy of American 20th century sports.
15. Babe Ruth “Live Ball Era” (1920)
The popularity of baseball was mainly attributed due to the influence of Babe Ruth, who was dubbed as “the Greatest All-around Player in the History of Baseball.” During his “live ball era,” his big swing led to swelling home run totals that not only excited fans, but also left him with a career total of 714 HR and an all-time record for 39 years.
10. The Hand of God Goal (1986)
Made by Argentina’s Diego Maradona during the quarter-finals of the 1986 FIFA World Cup where Argentina beat England, 2-1. It is still famous for its inaccurate ruling as a legitimate goal since Maradona used his left fist to bat the ball into the goal without the referees noticing. After the game he was quoted as saying the goal was “a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God,” which led to the name.
5. The Ball of the Century (1993)
In the history of cricket this delivery was considered one of the most memorable plays ever. On the second day of the 1993 Ashes series, Australia’s Shane Warne bowled a cricket delivery that shocked the entire world. With a leg spin, which is characterized by a counter-clockwise spin that causes the ball to drift right, he stunned England’s batman Mike Gatting and the world as well.