STV's 25 Most Memorable Sports Moments in 25 Years
The past quarter century has provided sports fans with some amazing memories. The STV staff recalls what made the biggest impact on them.
Jill Ewert, Editor
1984 – Mary Lou Retton earns perfect 10s to win the Olympic gold medal in the all-around gymnastics competition.
1988 – Danny Manning and “The Miracles” lead the eighth-seeded Kansas Jayhawks to the NCAA National Championship.
1989 – Game 3 of the World Series is rocked by the Bay Area earthquake.
1998 – Mark McGuire breaks Roger Maris’ single-season home run record.
2002 – Pete Sampras defeats Andre Aggasi to win the U.S. Open, his record-breaking 14th Grand Slam title.
Susie Magill, Associate Editor
1983 – Jim Valvano leads the NC State Wolfpack to the NCAA National Championship title.
1988 – Jackie Joyner-Kersee sets a world record with 7,291 points at the Seoul Olympics.
1994 – Charlotte Smith’s last-second shot clinches the National Championship for the UNC Tar Heels.
1995 – Cal Ripken, Jr., breaks Lou Gehrig’s record by playing his 2,131st consecutive MLB game.
2006 – The Carolina Hurricanes win the Stanley Cup in front of their home crowd.
Janet Goreham, Assistant Editor
1993 – Michael Jordan leads the Chicago Bulls to their third consecutive NBA Title.
1994 – Nancy Kerrigan returns from the physical assault injury to win Olympic silver.
1996 – Despite her injured ankle, Kerri Strug sticks the landing of her vault and helps the U.S. team win the Olympic gold medal.
2003 – A Chicago Cubs fan interferes with right fielder Moises Alou’s attempt to catch a foul ball in the NLCS.
2004 – Misty May and Kerri Walsh capture the sand volleyball Olympic gold medal.
Ashley Burns, Editorial Assistant
1985 – George Brett and the Kansas City Royals win the World Series.
1996 – Michael Johnson sprints to Olympic gold in both the 200- and 400-meter races.
1999 – U.S. Women’s soccer team wins the World Cup.
2005 – Lance Armstrong wins his seventh-consecutive Tour De France.
2006 – Jason McElwain, Greece Athena High School senior with autism, scores 20 points in four minutes at their last home game.
Matheau Casner, Creative Director
1983 – Kansas City Royal George Brett storms the field in a rage when umpires nullify his home run, ruling that there was pine tar too high on the bat.
1985 –William “The Refrigerator” Perry, a 325 lb. lineman, scores a touchdown for the Chicago Bears.
1991 – At age 44, Nolan Ryan hurls his seventh no-hitter.
1997 – University of North Carolina men’s basketball coach Dean Smith wins his record-breaking 877th game.
1997 – “Iron” Mike Tyson is suspended for biting Evander Holyfield’s ear in a boxing match.