OT: What Is Your Earliest Sports Memory?

Submitted by stephenrjking on July 8th, 2016 at 4:30 PM

This concept has sorta gone viral this week (there's another series of issues that obviously takes much more precedence, but they are outside the scope of this blog). People are recounting the earliest news they can remember.

Today, I've seen a few people on twitter discussing the earliest sports moment they can remember. For reference, there was a thread in 2010 on the blog asking for earliest Michigan FB memories. It was a while ago, and only Michigan Football related. This is a bit wider.

It's Friday, it's July, it's time for this thread. What is your earliest sports memory?

The first datable sports memory I have was Kirk Gibson's bottom-of-the-8th home run in Game 5 of the '84 series. My family was watching it at another family's house on an old, small color tv. I gather people were going rather bananas, but my memory is vague. Still, I remember it.

A close second was the '85 Michigan-Iowa game. 



July 8th, 2016 at 4:32 PM ^

Phillies blowing the Pennant chase in 1964.  I was little and did not understand what was going on, but I kenw all the adults around me where upset.


July 8th, 2016 at 4:33 PM ^

Going to a Tigers game in '84 against the Royals. Also remember the Tigers winning it in '84.

First distinct Michigan football memory: listening to the '86 Ohio game with my dad sitting on the flooboards of his Cadillac to keep warm.   


July 9th, 2016 at 1:37 PM ^

I have that memory ingrained into my soul as well - a sweet precious memory. Cicadas & Ernie in the daytime, crickets & Ernie at night! And in '68 the teachers would roll out the old giant ass TV on the A/V cart and put the World Series on, and we'd watch the game until the dismissal bell rang. Imagine, weekday daytime WS games!

But my earliest is going to Michigan Stadium on Saturdays with my Grandparents in the early-mid 60s when we were apparently not very good, but it was a shit ton of people to a little guy!

It was a very important occasion, not to be missed for those several Saturdays each Fall. They sat with and near the same group of people decade after decade - I remember those types of things older people say when they haven't seen another couples kids or grandkids in a couple seasons: "That's little Jimmy? Why, I would never have recognized you, you've grown so much! My gracious, where does the time go?!"

And now I say that!!!


July 8th, 2016 at 4:33 PM ^

I would've been 8 years old at the time and I clearly remember watching this game with my father.  I also remember that Super Bowl and the 1968 Detroit Tigers but this is the earliest one I can pin down and say I remember watching.


July 8th, 2016 at 4:38 PM ^

1980 or 1981- i remember Clark Gillies breaking Ed Hospidar's face, making it explode. Fell in love with hockey and in hatred of the Islanders after that.

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July 8th, 2016 at 4:39 PM ^

Nick Lidstrom scoring the first goal of game 4 in the 97 Stanley Cup finals (I'm not that old). I remember wondering why it still counted even though the puck came back out of the net. For some reason I thought it had to stay in.


July 8th, 2016 at 4:41 PM ^

Watching M lose to NW with my big brother in 2000. I was 10 and it was the first season I was really into college football. Amazing game, pretty sure A-Train fumbled and broke my heart that game.

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July 8th, 2016 at 5:17 PM ^

My mother was a closet Cardinals fan (she grew up in southern Illinois and then later, after her baseball allegiance was apparently formed, Highland Park) and she had a poster that was made for the Series that had a picture of a cardinal keeping a tiger in a bird cage. She always said she'd give it to me--no idea what happened to it, but things went our way that year and even though I was in early grade school, I became a lifelong, diehard Tiger fan.

I mentioned in another thread that my first game at Tiger Stadium was opening day, 1966. I was very, very young, but I remember it nonetheless. My dad and I sat in the right field grandstands and I remember it being very cold. So really, that qualifies as my earliest sports memory, but it's nice to mention mom in some of these threads.


July 8th, 2016 at 5:55 PM ^

Mickey Lolich went 3-0 (all complete games) to earn MVP.  Denny McLain, 31-6 in the regular season, was 1-2 with Tigers scoring only 1 run in the two losses (and 13 runs in the game 6 win).

Bob Gibson was unreal on the mound for the cards until he and Lolich met in game 7.


July 8th, 2016 at 4:47 PM ^

My dad trying to explain to me why the Bears had to "choose" between Bob Avalini (sp?) or Mike Phipps as their starting QBs, while the Steelers were starting Bradshaw -- as a result of the coin flip in the 1969 draft.


July 8th, 2016 at 4:49 PM ^

I vaguely remember the 1988 Olympics and the 1989 Super Bowl happening but really it's probably the Pistons/Lakers Finals in 1989.

And yes, my parents bought me the cartoon Pistons Championship Shirt (both years).


July 8th, 2016 at 4:50 PM ^

You mention the 1985 Michigan-Iowa game. I was a junior at Michigan and did a road trip to the game. Iowa's winning kick was right in front of us in the end zone. :-(

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July 8th, 2016 at 4:51 PM ^

ripped off during the Rose Bowl.  Not sure what year it was but we were having a family New Years's dinner and my dad, uncles and grandpa were all hootin and hollarin about it.


July 8th, 2016 at 4:52 PM ^

I was in a car with my mom and sister, they were out getting ready for some wedding, and the radio broadcast of the Indiana-Michigan game was on where AC caught the game winning TD. We were somewhere on 28th street in GR at a light and I remember cars all around honking, my mother was shouting, and of course Ufer calling the game. From then on I was hooked.

Unicycle Firefly

July 8th, 2016 at 4:52 PM ^

1994 Michigan-ND. I was 8 and tried to storm out of the room in tears when Notre Dame took the lead late, but my Dad forced me to stay and watch, telling me that Michigan had plenty of time left. I'm so glad he did, Remy's kick made me a Wolverine fan for life.


July 8th, 2016 at 10:03 PM ^

I was in USMC back then and had a roommate that loved Notre Dame.  Half the room was my Michigan gear (posters, signs, etc.) and the other half was Notre Dame.  We were stationed in 29 Palms, California and the game started at 9 am on west coast.  We killed a Coors Light party ball between the two of us plus various shots and passed out shorty after the field goal.  That was a great day and great game.


July 8th, 2016 at 4:55 PM ^

Is when I was 6 years old and coming back in from playing outside and I see my dad with a disbelief look on his face worth hands over his head. What had happened is .... Kordell Stewart silenced the Big House.

I also remember watching the USNT soccer in the quarterfinals get dominated by I think Brazil in 1994

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July 8th, 2016 at 4:59 PM ^

But I wasn't really into sports and definitely not following sports until a bit later. Probably the Mike Vernon - Patrick Roy goalie fight on the way to 2 Stanley Cups.

Reflecting on this, it's extremely apparent that the position of hockey goaltender has changed fairly radically since the '90s. Brodeur was the last of that kind.


July 8th, 2016 at 5:01 PM ^

I remember the '85 Bears, which is weird, because I am a Vikings fan. But that is my earliest sports memory. I wish it was something different


July 8th, 2016 at 5:11 PM ^

The '92 Rose Bowl when Washington kicked our ass.  First happy one was the Lions only playoff win since Ford bought the team a couple weeks later.  (I think)