This Day In Sports History (September 20th) – Walter Payton
This Day In Sports History (September 21st) — United States Dream Team
It was on this day in 1991 that U.S.A. Basketball announced the “Dream Team” for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Ten of the best players in the NBA were named to the team, with two more added in May of 1992.
Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Chris Mullin, Scottie Pippen, David Robinson and John Stockton were the original ten that were named. Both Christian Laettner and Clyde Drexler were added to the team the next year. This was the first American Olympic basketball team to feature players that were actively playing in the NBA and is considered by many to be one of the greatest teams of all-time in any sport. The Americans would cruise into the finals beating out its first seven opponents by an average of nearly 46 points.
In the finals, the U.S. would meet a Croatian team that gave the Americans their toughest test in the round robin. However, in the end the Croatians were no match for the mighty Americans, as they won the game 117-85 to capture the gold medal for the tenth time.
Here are highlights from the 1992 U.S.A Dream Team.
Cecil Fielder, MLB – Born September 21st 1963 (age 49) in Los Angeles, California
Jon Kitna, NFL – Born September 21st 1972 (age 40) in Tacoma, Washington
Jimmy Clausen, NFL – Born September 21st 1987 (age 25) in Thousand Oaks, California