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100 Greatest Moments
Annual Greatest Moments
Here is the list of the 100 top moments in L.A. sports history as described in the 1995 book, "Unforgettable: The 100 Greatest Moments in Los Angeles Sports History."

Compiled through a poll of more than 5,000 area media and sports enthusiasts, this list covers the period from 1880 (founding of the Los Angeles Athletic Club) through 1995.
  1. 1988: Kirk Gibson's ninth-inning home run wins Game 1 of the World Series and sparks the Dodgers to 4-1 Series triumph over the Oakland A's.

  2. 1984: Peter Ueberroth and the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee revolutionize the organization of the Games and realize a $232.5 million surplus as a record 140 nations attend the Games.

  3. 1974: Anthony Davis's second half kickoff return for a touchdown sparks a 49-0 second half explosion as USC routs Notre Dame, 55-24 at the Coliseum.

  4. 1975: UCLA basketball legend John Wooden caps his coaching career with a 92-85 NCAA title win over Kentucky for the Bruins' 10th championship in 12 seasons.

  5. 1967: O.J. Simpson's 64-yard touchdown run helps USC edge top-ranked UCLA, 21-20, propelling the Trojans to No. 1 on the way to the national championship.

  6. 1980: Lakers All-Star rookie guard Earvin "Magic" Johnson subs for injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at center and scores 42 points to lead L.A. to 4-2 NBA finals win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

  7. 1965: Dodger Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax pitches his fourth no-hitter - this time a perfect game - in beating the Chicago Cubs, 1-0.

  8. 1932: The Games of the Xth Olympiad are held in Los Angeles, hosting 37 nations and the first Olympic Village, plus unforgettable performances from athletes including gold-medal winning swimmer Clarence "Buster" Crabbe and track star Babe Didriksen.

  9. 1984: Running back Marcus Allen gains 191 yards and scored twice to lead the L.A. Raiders to a 38-9 rout of the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII at Tampa.

  10. 1958: Duke Snider's two hits help the Dodgers to a 6-5 win over the San Francisco Giants in the opener of the 1958 season, the Dodgers' first in Los Angeles before a major-league record crowd of 78,672 in the Coliseum.

  11. 1985: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores 29 points, James Worthy, 28 and Magic Johnson piles up a triple-double to lead the Lakers to a 111-100 win to wrap up their third NBA title of the 1980s, this time over the Boston Celtics, at the Boston Garden!

  12. 1993: Wayne Gretzky scores three goals and assists on a fourth to lead the Kings to the Western Conference title with a heart-pounding 5-4 win at Toronto over the Maple Leafs to propel the Kings to their first Stanley Cup final.

  13. 1988: The Lakers make good on Coach Pat Riley's prediction of back-to-back NBA championships with a frantic 108-105 win over Detroit in the seventh game of the NBA finals.

  14. 1959: Little-known reliever Larry Sherry wins two games and saves two others as the Dodgers win their first World Series title in Los Angeles, 4-2, over the Chicago White Sox.

  15. 1972: Lakers complete a brilliant season, which included a record 33-game winning streak, with a 4-1 triumph in the NBA Finals over the New York Knicks for their first NBA title in Los Angeles.

  16. 1963: Ace Sandy Koufax wins two games to lead the Dodgers to a stunning four-game sweep of the New York Yankees in the World Series.

  17. 1988: Dodger Orel Hershiser breaks the major-league record of former Dodger Don Drysdale for consecutive scoreless innings with 59 by pitching 10 shutout innings against the San Diego Padres before giving way to relievers in a 2-1 Dodger loss.

  18. 1972: The Lakers go undefeated for more than two months, winning 33 games in a row behind Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Gail Goodrich and coach Bill Sharman, finally setting a league record with 69 wins in 82 regular-season games.

  19. 1981: Fernando-mania reaches a new high as lefty Fernando Valenzula wins the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards and the Dodgers reach the World Series, hammering the Yankees in six games to win their first World Series title in 15 years.

  20. 1951: The Los Angeles Rams, behind quarterbacks Bob Waterfield and Norm Van Brocklin, edge the Cleveland Browns, 24-17, to win L.A.'s first major professional sports title.

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