30 for 30

Catch ESPN's award-winning documentary films highlighting monumental moments and people in the history of sports.

Herschel

FILM SUMMARY: A three-time All-American and Heisman Trophy winner, Herschel Walker is a college football legend. His journey off the field, though, has been filled with struggle and pain. Eventually diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder, Walker endured mental anguish for years. Now a mental health advocate, this is the story of Herschel’s healing and redemption. – […]

The Day The Series Stopped

FILM SUMMARY: On Oct. 17, 1989, at 5:04 p.m. PT, soon after Al Michaels and Tim McCarver started the ABC telecast for Game 3 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics, the ground began to shake beneath Candlestick Park. Even before that moment, this had promised to be a […]

This Is What They Want

FILM SUMMARY: “This is What They Want” is an examination of Jimmy Connors’ career told through the lens of the 1991 U.S. Open, when Connors so famously played at the age of 39 past five challengers, through an epic contest with Aaron Krickstein, and all the way to the semi-finals before being stopped by Jim […]

Four Days in October

FILM SUMMARY: When the night of Oct. 16, 2004 came to a merciful end, the Curse of the Bambino was alive and well. The vaunted Yankee lineup, led by Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, and Gary Sheffield, had just extended their ALCS lead to three games to none, pounding out 19 runs against their hated rivals. […]

9.79*

FILM SUMMARY: In the history of the Olympics, there’s never been a controversy quite like what ensued over the 100 meter race at Seoul in 1988. The match brought together Carl Lewis (USA) and Ben Johnson (Canada) who had been fierce competitors. Lewis was known as a savvy careerist who became an American hero at […]

Into The Wind

FILM SUMMARY: In 1980, Terry Fox continued his fight against bone cancer with the pursuit of a singular, motivating vision: to run across Canada. Three years after having his right leg amputated six inches above the knee after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma, Fox set out to cover more than a marathon’s distance each day until […]

The Birth of Big Air

FILM SUMMARY: In 1985, at the tender age of 13, Mat Hoffman entered into the BMX circuit as an amateur, and by 16 he had risen to the professional level. Throughout his storied career, Hoffman has ignored conventional limitations, instead, focusing his efforts on the purity of the sport and the pursuit of “what’s next.” […]

The House of Steinbrenner

FILM SUMMARY: Love them or hate them, the Yankees remain the most glorified team in American sports history. Led by the Babe, the Iron Horse, the Yankee Clipper and the Mick, they dominated baseball for more than four decades before the legendary franchise sagged under the ownership of CBS. Then in 1973, a 42-year-old shipbuilder […]

Brothers in Exile

FILM SUMMARY: Major League Baseball has been transformed by the influx of Cuban players such as Aroldis Chapman, Yasiel Puig and Jose Abreu. But a special debt of gratitude is owed to two half-brothers, whose courage two decades ago paved the way for their stardom. “Brothers in Exile” tells the incredible story of Livan and […]

Slaying The Badger

FILM SUMMARY: Before Lance Armstrong, there was Greg LeMond, who is now the first and only American to win the Tour de France. In this engrossing documentary, LeMond looks back at the pivotal 1986 Tour and his increasingly vicious rivalry with friend, teammate and mentor Bernard Hinault. The reigning Tour champion and brutal competitor known […]