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A local sports radio station in Philadelphia asked this question, and I thought it would be fun to see what list we would develop over the $th of July weekend. So I will start the list with the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey team winning the gold medal. 

 

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Jesse Owens' performance at the 1936 Olympics



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Good idea for a Fourth of July thread.  Here's another one.

Rick Monday:

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seajaw wrote:

Good idea for a Fourth of July thread.  Here's another one.

Rick Monday:

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 This is the one I was thinking of.



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Next year will mark the 40th Anniversary.  It still brings a tear (or more...).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJe2Ew-rhx8


And, of course:

http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/23351331/tuesday-is-rick-monday-flag-saving-bobblehead-night-in-la

I snagged one on eBay a few months ago.



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Excellent choices! 

Jesse Owens was a little before my time, but what a moment it must have been on so many levels ... for Jesse Owens himself, African Americans, the country and the world! 

Who could forget Rick Monday's heroics!  What a great moment that was.  The year of our Bi-Centennial.

 

 



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I just read this in Nac's 1921 blog.  I figured it belonged here, too:

The Giants take a pair from the Phillies‚ 5-1 and 13-7. Before the start of the afternoon game‚ a memorial to Captain Eddie Grant‚ killed in action in the Argonne Forest October 20‚ 1918‚ is unveiled at the Polo Grounds. One of the speakers is Grantland Rice who reads a poem he has written for the occasion.

 

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Far from the Game and the cheering of old‚
A cross in the Argonne will tell you the story
Where each one may read on its rain-battered mold
A final box score that is written in glory.
A final box score of a Player who gave
The flag that he fought for‚ his ghost-and his grave.
Green be his couch where the white lilies lean
Crimson the poppies that keep guard above him.
Gentle the darkness that gathers between
The Player at rest and the torn hearts that love him.
God give him refuge where Life's flag is furled
A dreamer gone back to the dust of the world.
Low be the lost winds of France that must creep
Over his rest in the Last Tavern lying.
Good send Thy dreams where the Darkness is deep‚
Father‚ Thy care when the wild storms are flying.
No monarch there-but the soul of a Man-
We speak for a Brother-for One of the Clan!

 

 



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Excellent!

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I watched THE WHOLE GAME!!.........ended about 4am........THEN the fireworks went off!!!!!!!

I'll never forget Rick Camp as long as I live.  He actually passed away not too long ago..........

Damn I am getting old........this year marks the 30th Anniversary of that game..........

http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/story/2015-07-02/braves-mets-july-4-1985-19-inning-rick-camp-home-run-keith-hernandez-cycle



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Back in the 70's, PBA bowler and Hall-Of-Famer Ernie Schlegel used to call himself "The Bicentennial Kid".........

Would wear red/white/blue glittery stuff.........

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"NACSTER'S HISTORICAL REPLAY"

34 REPLAYS IN THE BOOKS!

1876-1883

1896-1900

1906

1916-1917

1921, 1929

1936-1937

1943, 1946

1956-1963

1976

1986

1991, 1996

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I believe the Lou Gehrig speech took place on the 4th of July



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Great choices, though I'm not sure that the Bicentennial Kid quite ranks up there with the others. I don't think I can match them, but I'll add George Foreman's nice counterpoint to what I still maintain was the totally uncalled-for and unsportsmanlike conduct of John Carlos and Tommy Smith when they received their medals in 1968.



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This was my favorite that I actually saw live on TV as it happened:

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Hopefully the US ladies lift the World Cup tomorrow night! Coverage of the final match against Japan begins at 6 EDT on FOX.



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There also are times when a sense of national unity seems lost, and the country (if only sports fans) are able to rally around an underdog that embodies the American spirit of achieving what appeared, at the outset, to be the impossible.  Of course, the USA Olympic hockey team is the gold standard in that regard.  But in the 1930s, I think people felt this way about Jimmy Braddock and Seabiscuit.  It's a form of patriotism at the granular level that I'm not sure truly exists in other countries.



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Let's add one more! Thanks to the US women's football team. What a great way to end a 4th of July weekend!

 



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