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Greatest Sports Moments

They shot, they scored! And the best of all possible sports towns couldn’t get enough of it.

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Home-Turf War: Mike Piazza and Derek Jeter in the Subway Series.
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1. JETS WIN SUPER BOWL III, 1969
“I guarantee it,” said Broadway Joe.

2. METS WIN WORLD SERIES, 1969
Seven years from worst to champs: As Shea Stadium went wild, the ghosts of the Polo Grounds at Coogan’s Bluff silently cheered.

3. WILLIS REED LIMPS OUT FOR THE SEVENTH GAME, 1970
The ultimate warrior moment wins Knicks their first championship.

4. ALI-FRAZIER I, AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, 1971
The toughest ticket in New York sports history. Ali tried to tell everyone he won, but the Mouth did not roar. Smokin’ Joe almost had him out in the eleventh.

5. SECRETARIAT WINS TRIPLE CROWN, 1973
Even in the mile-and-a-half Belmont, 31 lengths is a lot. Then again, Affirmed vs. Alydar in 1978 wasn’t too shabby, either.

6. REGGIE JACKSON IN GAME SIX OF THE WORLD SERIES, 1977
Three swings, three homers: “When nobody was looking, I applauded in my glove,” said Dodger Steve Garvey.

7. METS–RED SOX WORLD SERIES, GAME SIX, 1986
Hey, Bill, it’s behind you.

8. GIANTS WIN SUPER BOWL XXI, 1987
Parcells, LT, Simms, Banks, etc.: New York’s greatest football team?

9. “THE DUNK”: STARKS OVER JORDAN, PLAYOFFS, 1993
Even better in the replay.

10. RANGERS WIN STANLEY CUP, 1994
No more “1940 . . . 1940 . . . ”

11. SUBWAY SERIES, 2000
No, not Benitez! Still, two New York teams in the series is better than one. Way better than none.

12. JETER’S CATCH AND THROW AT HOME PLATE VS. A’S, 2001
He goes to the backhand, saves the Bombers.

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