- The biggest moments in sports often extend beyond the games and dominate the news cycle.
- We went back to 1950 to find the biggest sports story each year.
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The biggest moments in sports often transcend the games themselves and become part of the fabric of society.
Each year, there are plays, moments, and events that become the biggest stories of the year, extending well beyond the field or court.
We searched back over the last 69 years to find the biggest sports story each year. Some of them are incredible plays and moments on the field, some of them are singular events that rocked the world, while others were stories that lasted weeks and even months, dominating the news cycle.
Here are the biggest sports stories from each year, starting in 1950.
1950: Yankees win second straight World Series as part of dominant, five-year run.
What happened: The Yankees beat the Philadelphia Phillies in a four-game sweep, winning their second straight World Series. The Yankees, with a team featuring all-time players like Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, and Phil Rizzuto, would go on to win the next three World Series, bringing their run to five straight, unmatched in any of the four major American sports.
1951: College basketball rocked by point-shaving scandal.
What happened: The scandal included seven schools, four in the New York area, and 32 people and extended to the organized crime world. Much of the point-shaving occurred during the 1949-50 season when the City College of New York Beavers won both the NIT and NCAA Tournaments, but the scandal came to light in 1951.
1952: Political tensions between the U.S. and USSR take over the 1952 Olympics.
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What happened: The 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Finland, were the first to involve the Soviet Union. USSR leaders requested that its athletes get separate lodging and attempted to keep athletes away from non-communists. The political tensions also created a heightened and palpable sense of competitiveness. The U.S. won a narrow medal count, 76-71, over the Soviet Union.
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