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100 Greatest Moments
Annual Greatest Moments
  1. 1960: UCLA alumni Rafer Johnson (USA) and C.K. Yang (Taiwan) battle for Olympic decathlon supremacy in Rome with Johnson winning by 58 points with a new Olympic Record of 8,392.

  2. 1975: Quarterback Pat Haden found end Shelton Diggs for a two-point conversion with two minutes to play to win the third straight Rose Bowl match-up with Ohio State, 18-17.

  3. 1967: Little-used end Max McGee catches two touchdowns from game MVP Bart Starr as Green Bay throttled Kansas City, 35-10, to win the inaugural AFL-NFL Championship Game (now the Super Bowl) at the Coliseum.

  4. 1978: Rookie right-hander Bob Welch strikes out Yankee Hall of Famer slugger Reggie Jackson on 11 straight fastballs to preserve a 4-3 Dodger win in Game 2 of the World Series.

  5. 1970: Lakers guard Jerry West, "Mr. Clutch," sends Game 3 of the NBA Finals into overtime with an impossible 63-foot shot from the backcourt at the buzzer.

  6. 1948: Ben Hogan sets a course record of 275 to win the Los Angeles Open at Riviera, then takes the U.S. Open on the same course with a 276 just a few months later.

  7. 1968: A healthy Lew Alcindor dominates Houston and Elvin Hayes as UCLA crushes Houston, 101-69 in the NCAA semis, revenging its earlier loss and paving the way for the Bruins' second straight national title, at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena.

  8. 1982: The "Miracle on Manchester" as the Kings overcome a 5-0 deficit to defeat defending Stanley Cup champion Edmonton, 6-5, in overtime, in Game 3 of a first-round series.

  9. 1964: USC quarterback Craig Fertig and end Rod Sherman team for a last-minute touchdown to stun previously-unbeaten and top-ranked Notre Dame, 20-17, at the Coliseum.

  10. 1929: California's Roy Riegels runs the wrong way with a Georgia Tech fumble, ending up at his own one and helping Tech to an 8-7 win in the Rose Bowl.

  11. 1973: USC fullback Sam "Bam" Cunningham scores four touchdowns as the Trojans clinch the national title with a convincing 42-17 win over Ohio State in the Rose Bowl.

  12. 1964: A stunning full-court press and guards Walt Hazzard and Gail Goodrich lead John Wooden's UCLA Bruins to a 30-0 record and their first NCAA basketball title, a 98-83 rout of Duke in the championship game.

  13. 1967: Coach George Allen's never-say-die Rams block a fourth-quarter punt by Donny Anderson to overcome NFL champion Green Bay, 27-24, and then stomp Baltimore, 34-10, to win the Coastal Division title with an 11-1-2 record.

  14. 1993: A united bidding effort led by the L.A. Sports Council lands the 1993 Super Bowl for the Rose Bowl, considered one of the best ever organized, with Dallas beating Buffalo, 52-17.

  15. 1979: Designated hitter Don Baylor wins the American League's Most Valuable Player award as the Angels win their first-ever Western Division championship.

  16. 1949: Twenty-one-year-old Pancho Gonzales of east Los Angeles defended his U.S. Open title coming from two sets down to defeat Wimbledon champ Ted Schroeder in five sets.

  17. 1984: Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sets the all-time individual scoring record, surpassing Wilt Chamberlain with a 14-foot sky hook from the right baseline against the Utah Jazz.

  18. 1984: Diminutive Mary Lou Retton delivers perfection on the vault and her 10.00 score earns her the gold medal in the Olympic Individual All-Around competition at Pauley Pavilion.

  19. 1990: USC's Todd Marinovich loops a last-minute touchdown pass to Johnnie Morton as the Trojans outlast UCLA in the series' wildest game, 45-42, at the Rose Bowl.

  20. 1932: Texas teenager Mildred "Babe" Didriksen wins gold medals in the 80-meter Hurdles and the Javelin, plus a silver in the High Jump at the 1932 Olympic Games.

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