Sports History

  • This Day In Sports History (October 9th) — Frank Robinson

    This Day In Sports History (October 9th) — Frank Robinson

    It was on this day in 1974 that Frank Robinson was hired to manage the Cleveland Indians, making him the first black manager in Major League Baseball history. Robinson played for the California Angels during the first half of the 1974 season, but after managing in the winter leagues during the early 70′s, he began […]

  • This Day In Sports History (October 8th) — Don Larsen

    This Day In Sports History (October 8th) — Don Larsen

    It was on this day in 1956 that New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen pitched a perfect game in Game 5 of the World Series.  Larsen’s perfect game remains the only perfect game thrown in post-season baseball history. The 1956 World Series was a battle of New York, as the Yankees took on the Brooklyn […]

  • This Day In Sports History (October 7th) – Walter Payton

    This Day In Sports History (October 7th) – Walter Payton

    It was on this day in 1984 that Chicago Bears’ running back Walter Payton surpassed Jim Brown as the NFL’s all-time leading rusher. Payton gained his 12,313th yard in a game played against the New Orleans Saints. Walter Payton was a staple in the Chicago Bears backfield throughout the 1970’s and 80’s.  He consistently put […]

  • This Day In Sports History (October 4th) — San Jose Sharks

    This Day In Sports History (October 4th) — San Jose Sharks

    It was on this day in 1991 that the San Jose Sharks played their first regular season game in franchise history.  The Sharks lost to the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in a game played at Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum. Like many expansion teams before them, the San Jose Sharks’ inaugural season was one to forget.  They finished […]

  • This Day In Sports History (October 3rd) — Pele

    This Day In Sports History (October 3rd) — Pele

    It was on this day in 1974 that Pele officially retired from the game of soccer.  The announcement marked the end of the Brazilian’s 18-year career with Santos Futebol Clube. Pele played a total of 605 games for Santos and scored an incredible 589 goals.  He would also suit up for his national team a […]

  • This Day In Sports History (October 2nd) — Larry Holmes

    This Day In Sports History (October 2nd) — Larry Holmes

    It was on this day in 1980 that Larry Holmes defeated Muhammad Ali to retain the WBC Heavyweight title and earn The Ring Magazine’s Heavyweight championship. Holmes entered the fight with a 35-0 record, and he had already successfully defended the WBC Heavyweight championship on seven occasions.  It was his fourth fight of the year, and while […]

  • This Day In Sports History (October 1st) – Ichiro Suzuki

    This Day In Sports History (October 1st) – Ichiro Suzuki

    It was on this day in 2004 that Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki recorded his 258th base hit of the season.  Ichiro broke the 84-year-old record, which was previously held by first baseman George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns. Ichiro tied the record in the first inning, singling off of Texas Rangers starter Ryan […]

  • This Day In Sports History (September 30th) — Mike Witt

    This Day In Sports History (September 30th) — Mike Witt

    It was on this day in 1984 that California Angels pitcher Mike Witt threw the eleventh perfect game in Major League history.  Witt’s Angels defeated the Texas Rangers 1-0 in a game played at Arlington Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Witt’s perfect game came on the final day of the season as he thoroughly dominated the […]

  • This Day In Sports History (September 26th) — Roger Maris

    This Day In Sports History (September 26th) — Roger Maris

    It was on this day in 1961 that Roger Maris hit his 60th home run of the season, tying Babe Ruth’s record for most home runs in a single season. The 1961 season marked the first season that the MLB extended its schedule to 162 games.  Prior to the start of the season, Maris was […]

  • This Day In Sports History (September 25th) — Nolan Ryan

    This Day In Sports History (September 25th) — Nolan Ryan

    It was on this day in 1981 that Nolan Ryan recorded a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  It was Ryan’s fifth career no-hitter. Ryan was 34 years old at the time and his last no-hitter had come six years earlier against the Baltimore Orioles.  As for this no-hitter, it came while Ryan was pitching […]

  • This Day In Sports History (September 24th) – Ben Johnson

    This Day In Sports History (September 24th) – Ben Johnson

    It was on this day in 1988 that Ben Johnson set a new world record and won Olympic gold in the men’s 100 meter race at the Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.  However, Johnson was stripped of his medal when his urine sample tested positive for stanozol, a substance on the banned list of […]

  • This Day In Sports History (September 23rd) — Jose Canseco

    This Day In Sports History (September 23rd) — Jose Canseco

    It was on this day in 1988 that Jose Canseco became the inaugural member of baseball’s 40/40 club.  Canseco finished the season with 42 home runs and 40 stolen bases. Jose Canseco enjoyed his best statistical season in 1988.  To go along with the 42 home runs and 40 stolen bases, Canseco had 124 RBI’s, […]

  • This Day In Sports History (September 20th) — Walter Payton

    This Day In Sports History (September 20th) — Walter Payton

    It was on this day in 1987 that Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton scored his record breaking 107th career regular season rushing touchdown.  Payton broke the record, which was previously held by Cleveland Browns great Jim Brown. Without a doubt, Walter Payton was one of the greatest football players that ever played the game.  […]

  • This Day In Sports History (September 19th) — Greg Louganis

    This Day In Sports History (September 19th) — Greg Louganis

     It was on this day in 1988 that US diver Greg Louganis hit his head on the diving board during the Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. Louganis suffered a concussion after hitting his head on the springboard while performing a reverse 2 1/2 pike during the preliminary round.  However, the injury would not keep […]