Showstopper of the Year ESPY Award

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The Showstopper of the Year ESPY Award was presented annually from 1993 to 1999.[1]

List of winners[edit]

Athlete Nation represented or
nation of citizenship
Date(s) Game or event Venue Competition,
governing body,
or league
Competing teams Sport Performance
1993 Derek Redmond  Great Britain 3 August 1992 1992 Summer Olympics Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain Olympic Games Not applicable Track and field He tore his hamstring in the 400 metres semi-final but fought through the pain and, with assistance from his father, managed to complete a full lap of the track
1994 Jim Abbott  United States 04 September 1993 1993 regular season game Yankee Stadium in New York City, New York, United States Major League Baseball New York Yankees

Cleveland Indians

Baseball He threw a no-hitter as the Yankees defeated the Indians 4–0, despite having been born without a right hand
1995 Not applicable  United States November 26, 1994 1994 John Tyler vs. Plano East high school football game Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas, United States Texas high school football Class 5A Division II regional semifinal (Region II) John Tyler High School Lions of Tyler, Texas

Plano East Senior High School Panthers of Plano, Texas

High school football Tyler was leading 41–17 with 2:42 remaining. Plano East scored a touchdown, then recovered three consecutive onside kicks and scored touchdowns on each of them to take a 44–41 lead with 24 seconds remaining. However, on the ensuing kickoff, John Tyler returner Roderick Dunn ran for a touchdown to win the game 48–44.[2]
1996 Cal Ripken, Jr.  United States September 6, 1995 1995 regular season game Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland, United States Major League Baseball Baltimore Orioles

California Angels

Baseball He played in his record-breaking 2,131st consecutive game, breaking Lou Gehrig's record
1997 Warren Morris  United States June 8, 1996 1996 College World Series Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska, United States NCAA Division I Baseball Championship LSU Tigers

Miami Hurricanes

College baseball He hit a ninth-inning two-out two-run home run on the first pitch to win the College World Series for the LSU Tigers, with a final score of 9–8
1998 Tiger Woods  United States April 10, 1997—April 13, 1997 1997 Masters Tournament Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, United States PGA Tour Not applicable Golf He won his first major tournament, and did so by a record-breaking margin (for a major championship) of 12 strokes, also becoming the first non-white person to win at Augusta
1999 Mark McGwire  United States September 8, 1998 1998 regular season game Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, United States Major League Baseball St. Louis Cardinals

Chicago Cubs

Baseball He hit his 62nd home run of the season, breaking Roger Maris's record, in a home run record chase with Sammy Sosa

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ESPN "ESPY Awards past winners" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 29 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "John Tyler vs. Plano East (Nov. 26, 1994)" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 29 January 2011.