50 Years Since the Greatest Sporting Image

Yesterday evening was the 50th Anniversary of a photo that is simply the best sporting image ever taken.

The image of Bruins defenseman Bobby Orr leaping through the air 40 seconds into overtime after scoring the Stanley Cup winning goal shows everything about ice hockey, sport and what that goal meant.

There are other sporting images Maradonna’s ‘hand of god’, Husain Bolt crossing the line in 100m Olympic final with his shoe lace untied or Steve Redgrave in the boat after Sydney, all are iconic and capture a moment but none of these go beyond the personal moment in a way Orr’s image does.

Everytime you look at that image you see something else. It might be Orr’s smile as he accomplishes his dream of winning the Stanley Cup. It might be the sense of celebration on the faces in the crowd that are tindged with some relief as the 29 year wait for the title ends. It might be the disappointed of the Blues players as they realise that no matter how slim their chances might have been being 3 games down that the series was lost and it would be 49 years till they get their day.

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

You may also like...