1980 US OLYMPIC HOCKEY TEAM - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: BUZZ SCHNEIDER, JIM CRAIG, MIKE ERUZIONE, JOHN HARRINGTON, STEVE JANASZAK, JACK O'CALLAHAN, KEN MORROW, MARK JOHNSON, PHIL VERCHOTA, CRAIG PATRICK - HFSID 286207
Sale Price $850.00
MIRACLE ON ICE: U.S. OLYMPIC HOCKEY TEAM OF 1980
Color photo of team members celebrating their semifinal victory over the heavily favored Soviet team, signed by 10 team members, most adding their numbers. Sports Illustrated put this photo image on its cover without a caption. None was needed.
Photograph signed: "Jack/O'Callahan/USA/1980", "John/Harrington/#28", "Mark/Johnson", "Craig Patrick", "Mike Eruzione", "Phil Verchota/#27", "Jim Craig/#30", "Ken Morrow/3", "Buzz Schneider/#25", "Steve Janaszak/#1". In all 10 signers. Color, 8x10. In February 1980, the US Olympic Hockey team defeated the heavily favored Soviet team in the semi-finals of the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, going on to beat Finland for the gold medal. The US team, composed of college and amateur players (though several had futures in the NHL) came from behind twice to defeat a Soviet team which had won the gold at all of the last four Winter Olympics, going 27-1-1 over that stretch. Although technically amateurs themselves, the Soviet players had far more experience, and had been regularly beating teams composed of players from the NHL. The US team came from behind to win 4-3, and as time expired, breathless sportscaster Al Michaels exclaimed, "Do you believe in miracles! Miracles on ice." Pravda did not report the results of the game, and the Soviet players did not turn in their silver medals to have their names inscribed. Sports Illustrated printed this photo on its cover of March 3 without caption. Everyone in America knew what it represented. Fine condition.
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