The world of sports has a collective history that is even more dramatic than the latest Hollywood blockbuster. No matter what the sport, there have been countless stunning moments which have brought pure ecstasy, agony, tension and drama for players and fans alike. Many of these historic moments have brilliantly been captured on film forever, and gazing over these iconic photos is sure to stir up some nostalgia and emotion for any avid sports fan. We have selected 10 of the greatest sports photos ever taken, which highlight some of the most amazing moments in sport over the years.
10. The Catch (Willie Mays)
This dramatic photo is the first of two iconic “The Catch” photos, with this one being Willie Mays’ historic catch during Game 1 of the 1954 World Series between the Giants and Indians at the Polo Grounds. With the score tied at 2-2 at the top of the 8th, Cleveland’s Vic Wertz stepped up to bat with runners on first and second. With the count at two balls and one strike, Wertz hit Liddle’s pitch around 420 feet to deep center field, which saw center fielder Mays make an astonishing on-the-run, over-the-shoulder catch on the warning track. This crucial play stopped the Indians from taking the lead, and the Giants would go on to win the game at the bottom of the 10th and later sweep the Series. The photo shows Mays just about to make the impressive catch in front of a tense home crowd.