Greatest Moments in Washington D.C. Sport History

1924 World Series

The Washington Senators clinched their first and only championship in D.C. with a 4-3, 12-inning victory in Game 7 against the New York Giants. As President Calvin Coolidge and his wife looked on, the Senators’ Earl McNeely hit a ground ball that popped up and over Giants’ third baseman Freddie Lindstrom’s head for a single that allowed Muddy Ruel to head home for the win.

1942 NFL Championship Game

Sammy Baugh’s Redskins defeated the rival Chicago Bears 14-6 in one of the game’s biggest upsets. Just two years earlier, the Bears had destroyed the Redskins 73-0 in the title game.

1983 NFC Championship Game

The Redskins, led by John Riggins and the team’s offensive line (affectionately nicknamed “The Hogs”), earned a trip to Super Bowl XVII by beating the rival Dallas Cowboys 31-17.

2005 Opening Day

After 33 years without a baseball team to call its own, Washington D.C. welcomed the former Montreal Expos to RFK Stadium. Renamed the Washington Nationals, the team took the field for its home opener before a sellout crowd of 45,596. President George W. Bush threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Nationals christened their new home with a 5-3 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

1978 Bullets Championship Parade

After a Game 7 win in Seattle, Washington celebrated its only NBA Championship in franchise history. Led by Hall of Famers Elvin Hayes and Wes Unseld, the Bullets paraded in downtown with late owner Abe Pollin at the center of the victory cruise. The winning moment happened across the country, but the hometown fans gathered in the streets to congratulate the squad.

January 1992: NFC Championship, Skins over Lions at RFK

Barry Sanders who? The Redskins absolutely crushed the Lions in January 1992, holding Detroit’s Hall of Fame running back to just 44 yards rushing and Washington forced turnovers on the first two Lions’ possessions. From there, the rout was on, as the Skins scored 24 unanswered points in the second half — including a 32-yard interception return for a TD by Darrell Green — for a 41-10 final.

1972 NFC Championship Game

The Redskins headed toward their first Super Bowl by defeating the rival Dallas Cowboys 26-3. Billy Kilmer threw two touchdown passes to Charley Taylor to lead the way.

Gilbert Arenas’ buzzer-beaters

Capping a 51-point performance, Gilbert Arenas hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds to deliver a 114-111 win over the Jazz in January 2006. The shot was Arenas’ second buzzer-beater, the first coming only days earlier against the Milwaukee Bucks.

1984 NFC Championship Game

The Redskins built a 21-point lead after three quarters thanks in part to a pair of touchdowns from John Riggins. In the fourth quarter, though, Joe Montana and the Niners went nuts, to the tune of 21 straight points. But the Skins reeled off a 13-play, six-minute drive late in the game that set up a game-winning 40-yard field goal from Mark Moseley with 40 seconds left.

2006 George Mason makes the Final Four

There’s always a Cinderella in the NCAA Tournament, and in 2006 it was George Mason. But even after beating basketball powerhouses Michigan State and North Carolina en route to the Elite Eight, no one expected the Patriots to make the Final Four. In front of a home crowd at Verizon Center, Mason dumped No.1-seeded UConn to clinch the most unlikely of Final Four berths.

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