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100 Greatest Moments
Annual Greatest Moments
  1. 1975: Former Long Beach travel agent Chris Pook organizes the inaugural Grand Prix of Long Beach, with 75,000 on hand to see England's Brian Redman take the checkered flag.

  2. 1902: Fielding Yost's "Point-A-Minute" Michigan Wolverines crush Stanford, 49-0, in the first Rose Bowl football game.

  3. 1992: UCLA pitching sensation Lisa Fernandez's fourth straight shutout in the College World Series earns the Bruins another national championship.

  4. 1956: Compton College freshman Charles Dumas clears the magical seven-foot barrier to win the 1956 Olympic Trials high jump in the Coliseum.

  5. 1960: Lakers star Elgin Baylor sets an NBA record for most points scored in one game with 71 against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

  6. 1977: Powered by a record 15 All-Americans, coach Peter Daland's USC swim squad wins his ninth NCAA championship, this time by 181 points!

  7. 1935: The inaugural Santa Anita Handicap offers an incredible purse of $100,000 and draws 34,269 to see Azucar win and put Santa Anita on the racing map to stay.

  8. 1952: San Diego's Florence Chadwick completes the dangerous Catalina Island-mainland swim in a new record of 13:47:33.

  9. 1984: Joan Benoit wins the inaugural Olympic women's marathon at the Los Angeles Games, easily outdistancing Norway's Grete Waitz.

  10. 1956: Middleweight champion Sugar Ray Robinson thrills a crowd of 18,000 at Wrigley Field and a national television audience with a fourth-round knockout of Bobo Olson.

  11. 1935: Three weeks after setting six world records in one afternoon, Ohio State's Jesse Owens wins four events with ease against USC before more than 40,000 at the Coliseum.

  12. 1976: Kings center Butch Goring scores in overtime to beat Boston, completing a comeback from a 3-1 deficit and sending this Stanley Cup second-round series to a seventh game.

  13. 1987: Rookie running back Bo Jackson riddles Seattle for 221 yards and three touchdowns - including a 91-yard run - on a Monday night as the Raiders end a seven-game losing streak, 37-14.

  14. 1940: Santa Anita crowd favorite Seabiscuit wins his final race with an emotional, come-from-behind effort in the Santa Anita Handicap.

  15. 1976: USC's John Naber dominates the swim competition at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, winning four gold and one silver medal in five days.

  16. 1989: Willie Shoemaker, already the winningest jockey of all time, wins his 1,000th Stakes race aboard Peace at Hollywood Park.

  17. 1994: East L.A.'s Oscar de la Hoya wins his first professional world title with a 10th-round TKO of Denmark's Jimmi Bredahl for the WBO Junior Lightweight crown.

  18. 1924: USC sophomore Bud Houser wins gold medals in both the shot put and discus at the Paris Olympics, the last man to accomplish the feat.

  19. 1985: Angels star Rod Carew collects his 3,000th career hit with a single against the Minnesota Twins - his original team - in the third inning of a 6-5 Angels win.

  20. 1957: L.A. Angels star first baseman Steve Bilko belts a team-record 56 home runs as the Pacific Coast League era ends in Los Angeles.

Bonus moment: 1995: Player of the Year Ed O'Bannon and guard Tyus Edney lead UCLA to its first post-Wooden national championship with 31-2 record and an 89-78 win over Arkansas.


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