With today’s funeral for Muhammad Ali and the passing of Gordie Howe, it brought back memories of ESPN’s Images of the Century video which was released on December 31, 1999.
Ali and Howe are both shown in the video, as is Jordan and Ruth and Gehrig and the U.S. hockey team, and Mark Spitz, and on and on.
I remember when this video first came out I must have literally watched it dozens of times, each time trying to identify as many of the athletes as I could. (Try it, it’s quite a challenge).
But even if you don’t know any of the athletes, how can you not enjoy watching a clip from the Miracle on Ice or John McEnroe yelling at an umpire?
Plus, it’s got one of the greatest songs of all time playing in the background, “Dream On” by Aerosmith.
The ending of the video is also perfect, with what many consider the greatest sports photo of all time.
So without further ado, here’s the video. By the way, if you want a listing of all the athletes in the video, moment by moment, there’s a link to such a list after the video.
Enjoy, and RIP Muhammad and Gordie.