Sports History

  • This Day In Sports History (September 18th) — Mickey Mantle Day

    This Day In Sports History (September 18th) — Mickey Mantle Day

    It was on this day in 1965 that the New York Yankees held “Mickey Mantle Day” at Yankee Stadium.  The day was meant to honor one of the team’s greatest players ever, Mickey Mantle. Mantle was in the midst of his 15th season with the Bronx Bombers, and he had already earned seven World Series […]

  • This Day In Sports History (September 16th) — 2000 Summer Olympics

    This Day In Sports History (September 16th) — 2000 Summer Olympics

    It was on this day in 2000 that the opening ceremonies were held for the 27th Summer Olympic Games.  The Games took place in Sydney, Australia marking just the second time the Summer Games were held in the Southern Hemisphere. The United States would finish the Olympics atop the medal standings with a total of […]

  • This Day In Sports History (September 13th) — World Hockey Association

    This Day In Sports History (September 13th) — World Hockey Association

    It was on this day in 1971 that the World Hockey Association was officially formed.  It was made up of 12 teams and was considered the National Hockey League’s main competitor. The WHA was established by Dennis Murphy and Gary Davidson, who were also the founders of the American Basketball Association (ABA).  Their primary goal […]

  • This Day In Sports History (September 12th) — Carl Yastrzemski

    This Day In Sports History (September 12th) — Carl Yastrzemski

     It was on this day in 1979 that Carl Yastrzemski hit his 3,000th career hit.  He became the fifteenth player in Major League history to reach that milestone. Carl Yastrzemski  played his entire 23-year baseball career with the Boston Red Sox, accumulating a total of 3,419 hits thanks to a .285 career batting average.  On […]

  • This Day In Sports History (September 11th) — Pete Rose

    This Day In Sports History (September 11th) — Pete Rose

    It was on this day in 1985 that Pete Rose recorded the 4,192nd hit of his Major League career, passing Ty Cobb for the all-time lead. One night after going hitless, Rose would get his record-breaking hit, as he recorded a single to left-center-field off San Diego pitcher Eric Snow in his first at bat […]

  • This Day In Sports History (September 10th) — Lou Brock

    This Day In Sports History (September 10th) — Lou Brock

     It was on this day in 1974 that Lou Brock stole his 105th base of the season to establish a new Major League record.  Brock broke the mark set by Maury Wills in 1962. Lou Brock was known throughout baseball as the best base runner and base stealer of his era.  He led the National […]

  • This Day In Sports History (September 9th) — Pete Sampras

    This Day In Sports History (September 9th) — Pete Sampras

    It was on this day in 1990 that Pete Sampras won the U.S. Open.  At 19 years and 28 days, Sampras became the youngest man ever to win the tournament. Sampras defeated two tennis greats in the quarterfinals and semi-finals to reach the finals.  In the quarters, he beat out third-ranked Ivan Lendl in five […]

  • This Day In Sports History (September 6th) – Cal Ripken Jr.

    This Day In Sports History (September 6th) – Cal Ripken Jr.

     It was on this day in 1995 that Cal Ripken Jr. played in his 2,131st consecutive game, setting a new Major League record.  Ripken eclipsed the mark that was previously held by Lou Gehrig. After the Angels’ half of the fifth inning, the game was considered official and Cal had broken the record.  He did […]

  • This Day In Sports History (September 5th) — Jerry Rice

    This Day In Sports History (September 5th) — Jerry Rice

     It was on this day in 1994 that Jerry Rice recorded his 127th career touchdown, making him the NFL’s new all-time touchdown leader. Rice entered the 1994 season with a total of 124 touchdowns in his career (118 receiving, 6 rushing), and he kicked off the tenth season of his career in style, recording seven […]

  • This Day In Sports History (September 4th) — The Two-Point Conversion

    This Day In Sports History (September 4th) — The Two-Point Conversion

     It was on this day in 1994 that the first two-point conversion was scored in an NFL game.  It was scored by Cleveland Browns’ kicker Tom Tupa during the first week of the regular season. The American Football League had adopted the two-point conversion rule during its ten seasons, between 1960 and 1969, but the […]

  • This Day In Sports History (September 3rd) — Bobby Thigpen

    This Day In Sports History (September 3rd) — Bobby Thigpen

    It was on this day in 1990 that Chicago White Sox closer Bobby Thigpen set the record for most saves in a single season.  Thigpen recorded his 47th save of the season to pass Dave Righetti’s old record of 46. In the two years prior to breaking the record (1988, 1989) Thigpen showed a lot […]

  • This Day In Sports History (August 30th) – Houston Comets

    This Day In Sports History (August 30th) – Houston Comets

     It was on this day in 1997 that the WNBA held its first ever championship game.  The game took place at the Compaq Center in Houston, Texas, and saw the Houston Comets defeat the New York Liberty 65-51 to capture the league’s inaugural championship. The Houston Comets and New York Liberty had the two best […]

  • This Day In Sports History (August 29th) — US Open Tennis

    This Day In Sports History (August 29th) — US Open Tennis

     It was on this day in 1968 that the first US Open tennis match took place.  During that match Billie Jean King defeated Dr Vija Vuskains. The United States National Championship had been taking place since 1881, with separate events taking place in the men’s, women’s, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles competitions.  However, […]

  • This Day In Sports History (August 28th) — Tiger Woods

    This Day In Sports History (August 28th) — Tiger Woods

     It was on this day in 1994 that Tiger Woods won the United States Amateur Golf Championship.  It was the first of three consecutive US Amateur Golf Championship titles for Tiger. Woods recorded his first US Amateur Championship at the tender age of 18, as he defeated Trip Kuehne in the final at TPC Sawgrass […]

  • This Day In Sports History (August 27th) — Steve Francis

    This Day In Sports History (August 27th) — Steve Francis

    It was on this day in 1999 that the Vancouver Grizzlies traded Steve Francis to the Houston Rockets.  In exchange for Francis, the Grizzlies received Michael Dickerson, Othella Harrington, Antoine Carr, Brent Price, plus first and second round draft picks. Prior to the draft, Francis publicly let it be known that he was not interested […]