10 Most Iconic Photographs in Sports History

This is a collection of the most unique, powerful and moving photographs ever taken in the world of sports.

10 Most Iconic Photographs in Sports History

10: Unhappy Mickey Mantle Tossed His Helmet after Bad At-Bat

10 Most Iconic Photographs in Sports History (Part 1)
Iconic Photographs in Sports – Unhappy Mickey Mantle

This shot captured by John Dominis in 1965 is considered as one of the most powerful photo of a sports hero in decline and pain. Despite being a good player most of his career, Mantle suffered with injuries and alcohol addiction. This picture taken in the Yankee Stadium perfectly seizes the wounded pride of a declining sportsman.

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9: Y.A. Tittle during His Final NFL Season

Iconic Photographs in Sports – Y.A. Tittle

September 20, 1964, photographer Morris Berman while covering the NFL Season took a picture of Y.A. Tittle who was kneeling on the field, bloodied, with his helmet in his hand. Little did he know that the shot will win him a National Headliner Award and be looked upon as the one of the most fantastic photograph in sports history and sports journalism. Regarded as an excellent example of how a moment’s reaction can be captured in sports, this shot literally changed the way photography was done during games. Tittle had used this picture as back cover to his autobiography. Now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, this famous photo marked the end of Y.A. Tittle successful career.

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8: Willie Mays Makes ‘The Catch’

Iconic Photographs in Sports – The Catch

On September 29, 1954 adrenalins was high in a game between the New York Giants and the Cleveland Indians. The scores were tied and spectators were biting their nails down to their bones when Vic Wertz blasted the ball into the air. Instantly Willy Mays scrambled across the field and made an insanely impossible over the shoulder catch that hitched people’s breathing.

The Catch (Willie Mays)
Fun fact:  A certain Dr. Alan Nathan of the University of Illinois revealed in 2003 that had the weather at the time been one notch higher (from 73 degree Fahrenheit), Mays would have missed the catch cause the ball would’ve travelled a further 2 inch distance. As if we bloody care!

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