Sports Moments of the 70’s

1970

    • DEBUT OF MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, BROWNS DEF JETS 31-21
    • SUPER BOWL CHAMPION, KANSAS CITY, 23-7 OVER MINNESOTA
    • VINCE LOMBARDI DIES
    • WORLD SERIES CHAMPION, BALTIMORE 4-1 OVER CINCINNATI
    • GIANTS WILLIE MAYS NAMED PLAYER OF THE DECADE FOR 1960’S
    • PIRATES DOCK ELLIS TOSSES NO-HITTER vs PADRES, WHILE ON LSD
    • NBA CHAMPION, KNICKS 4-3 OVER LAKERS
    • KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER “DUST COMMANDER”
    • NCAA FOOTBALL CHAMPION NEBRASKA…BASKETBALL, UCLA
    • MILL VALLEY DIPSEA CHAMPION: NORMAN BRIGHT

      1971

        • FIGHT OF THE CENTURY: JOE FRAIZER BEATS MUHAMMUD ALI
        • SUPER BOWL CHAMPION BALTIMORE, DEF COWBOYS 16-13
        • 49ERS MOVE FROM KEZAR STADIUM TO CANDLESTICK PARK
        • WORLD SERIES CHAMPION, PIRATES DEF ORIOLES 4-3
        • NBA CHAMPION, MILWAUKEE BUCKS, DEF BALTIMORE 4-0
        • KENTUCKY DERBY CHAMPION “CANONERO II”
        • SAN RAFAEL HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM RANKED #2 IN THE STATE
        • DIPSEA CHAMPION: MIKE BOITANO
        • LANCE ARMSTRONG IS BORN 9/18

          1972

            • OLYMPICS MUNICH, 11 ATHLETES, 5 TERRORISTS, 1 POLICE OFFICER KILLED
            • SANTA CLARA’S MARK SPITZ WINS 7 OLYMPIC GOLDS, SETS 7 WORLD RECORDS
            • SUPER BOWL CHAMPION, DALLAS, DEF MIAMI 24-3
            • WORLD SERIES CHAMPION OAKLAND A’S, DEF CINCINNATI 4-3
            • NBA CHAMPIONS, LAKERS DEF KNICKS 4-1
            • KENTUCKY DERBY CHAMPION “RIVA RIDGE”
            • MIKE BOITANO BACK TO BACK DIPSEA CHAMPION
            • AFC PLAY-OFFS…STEELERS BEAT RAIDERS WITH THE “IMMACULATE RECEPTION”.
            • MIA HAMM 3/17 AND SHAQUILLE O’NEAL 3/6 ARE BORN
            • JACKIE ROBINSON AND ROBERTO CLEMENTE DIE

              1973

                • SAN FRANCISCO NATIVE O.J. SIMPSON NAMED MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
                • SUPER BOWL CHAMPION: MIAMI, 14-7 OVER WASHINGTON
                • BILLIE JEAN KING BEATS BOBBY RIGGS IN THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES
                • MARY BOITANO (MIKE’S SISTER), AGE 10,1ST WOMAN CHAMPION OF DIPSEA RACE
                • “SECRETARIAT” WINS THE TRIPLE CROWN OF HORSE RACING
                • SAN FRANCISCO’S JOHNNY MILLER FIRES FINAL ROUND 63 TO WIN THE US OPEN
                • AMERICAN LEAGUE ADOPTS DESIGNATED HITTER
                • ROBERTO CLEMENTE: 1st LATIN PLAYER INDUCTED TO BASEBALL’S HALL OF FAME
                • NBA CHAMPION, NEW YORK 4-1 OVER LOS ANGELES
                • EVIL KNEIVEL JUMPED 50 CARS AT LA’S COLISEUM

                  1974

                    • SUPER BOWL CHAMPION, MIAMI OVER MINNESOTA 24-7
                    • WORLD LEAGUE FOOTBALL FORMS
                    • TAMPA AND SEATTLE AWARDED NFL FRANCHISES
                    • ALI BEATS FOREMAN, RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE, ZAIRE
                    • HANK AARON BREAKS BABE RUTH’S HOME RUN RECORD,
                    • WORLD SERIES CHAMPION, OAK. A’S, 4-1 OVER LA ( BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK)
                    • OAKLAND NATIVE FRANK ROBINSON: 1ST AFRO-AMERICAN MANAGER IN BASEBALL
                    • NBA CHAMPION, BOSTON 4-3 OVER MILWAUKEE
                    • DIPSEA CHAMPION: DARRYL BEARDALL
                    • KENTUCKY DERBY CHAMPION, “CANNONADE”…

                      1975

                        • WORLD LEAGUE FOLDS
                        • DIPSEA CHAMPION: JOE PATTERSON
                        • THRILLA IN MANILA: ALI BEATS FRAZIER
                        • WORLD SERIES CHAMPION, CINCINNATI, 4-3 OVER BOSTON
                        • NBA CHAMPS, GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS, 4-0 OVER WASH., BIGGEST UPSET IN NBA
                        • DARRYL DAWKINS, 1ST NBA PLAYER DRAFTED OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL
                        • JACK NICKLAUS, LEADING MONEY WINNER ON PGA TOUR. EARNINGS FOR THE YEAR,
                        • KENTUCKY DERBY CHAMPION, “FOOLISH PLEASURE”
                        • AJ FOYT WINS THE INDY 500, DAYTONA 500 AND 24 HOURS OF LE MANS
                        • MARTINA NAVRATILOVA DEFECTS TO THE US AND TURNS PRO

                          1976

                            • SUPER BOWL CHAMPION, PITTSBURGH, 21-17 OVER DALLAS
                            • GIANTS MOVE TO THE MEADOWLANDS
                            • NBA CHAMPION, BOSTON 4-2 OVER PHOENIX
                            • HOOSIERS, COLLEGE BALL’S LAST UNBEATEN TEAM, 32-0
                            • KENTUCKY DERBY CHAMPION, “BOLD FORBES”
                            • GOLF’S JUDY RANKIN TOPS $100,000 IN SEASON EARNINGS ($150, 734)
                            • BAY AREA’S BRUCE JENNER WINS DECATHLON AT MONTREAL
                            • SUGAR RAY LEONARD WINS GOLD IN BOXING
                            • DIPSEA CHAMPION: HOMER LATIMER
                            • NADIA COMANECI: 1ST GYMNAST TO ACHIEVE PERFECT 10 AT MONTREAL OLYMPICS

                              1977

                                • SUPER BOWL CHAMPION, OAKLAND RAIDERS, 32-14 OVER MINNESOTA
                                • 49ERS SOLD TO EDDIE DEBARTOLO, JR
                                • WORLD SERIES CHAMPION, NY YANKEES,4-2 OVER LOS ANGELES
                                • ONE TIME OAKLAND RESIDENT REGGIE JACKSON BECOMES “MR OCTOBER”
                                • NBA CHAMPION, PORTLAND, 4-2 OVER PHILADELPHIA
                                • 10/1 PELE PLAYS FINAL GAME OF CAREER IN NEW YORK
                                • STANFORD ALUMN TOM WATSON TOPS PGA MONEY LIST $310, 653
                                • “SEATTLE SLEW” WINS TRIPLE CROWN OF HORSE RACING
                                • DIPSEA CHAMPION: HOMER LATIMER
                                • TIA BABILONIA & RANDY GARDNER WIN 1ST OF 4 US FIGURE SKATING TITLES

                                  1978

                                    • 1ST INDOOR SUPER BOWL, CHAMPION, DALLAS, 27-10 OVER DENVER
                                    • MIRACLE AT THE MEADOWLANDS: FORMER CAL PLAYER HERMAN EDWARDS, EAGLE’S DEF BACK, PICKS UP A LARRY CSONKA FUMBLE & RETURNS IT FOR A TOUCHDOWN ON THE LAST PLAY AS THE EAGLES SHOCKED THE GIANTS 17-12
                                    • WORLD SERIES CHAMPION, NY YANKEES, 4-2 OVER LOS ANGELES
                                    • NBA CHAMPION, WASHINGTON BULLETS (with CAL alumn PHIL CHENIER) 4-3 OVER SEATTLE
                                    • MUHAMMAD ALI IN 15 ROUNDS TO WIN HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE
                                    • “AFFIRMED” BEATS “ALYDAR” ALL 3 TIMES TO BECAME THE LAST OF 11 TRIPLE CROWN WINNERS
                                    • 1ST IRONMAN TRIATHLON HELD IN HAWAII
                                    • KURT THOMAS: 1ST MAN TO MEDAL AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (GOLD IN FLOOR EXERCISE)
                                    • DIPSEA CHAMPION: DARRYL BEARDALL
                                    • JOHN McENROE TURNS PRO AFTER 1 YEAR AT STANFORD

                                      1979

                                        • SUPER BOWL CHAMPION, PITTSBURGH, 35-31 OVER DALLAS…1ST TEAM TO WIN 3
                                        • BILL WALSH IS HIRED AS 49ERS HEAD COACH
                                        • MICHIGAN STATE BEATS INDIANA ST IN NCAA BASKETBALL FINAL:
                                          LARRY BIRD vs MAGIC JOHNSON RIVALRY BEGINS
                                        • NBA CHAMPION, SEATTLE 4-1 OVER WASHINGTON
                                        • PETE ROSE GETS 1st MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT IN BASEBALL
                                        • GIANTS WILLIE MAYS ELECTED TO BASEBALL HALL OF FAME
                                        • WORLD SERIES CHAMPION, PITTSBURGH, 4-3 OVER BALTIMORE
                                        • ALAMEDA NATIVE WILLIE STARGELL (ENCINAL HIGH SCHOOL) IS SERIES MVP
                                        • KENTUCKY DERBY CHAMPION, “SPECTACULAR BID”
                                        • DIPSEA CHAMPION: DON CHAFFEE

                                          Thanks to Vern Glenn for submitting this list.

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