Sports History

  • 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 […]

  • This Day In Sports History (August 26th) — 1972 Olympics

    This Day In Sports History (August 26th) — 1972 Olympics

    It was on this day in 1972 that the opening ceremonies were held for the 20th Summer Olympic Games.  The games were held in Munich in what was then West Germany. The 1972 Summer Olympic Games are most remembered for a great performance by an American swimmer, as well as a horrific tragedy which took […]

  • This Day In Sports History (August 23rd) — Bobby Bonds

    This Day In Sports History (August 23rd) — Bobby Bonds

    It was on this day in 2003 that former Major Leaguer Bobby Bonds passed away.  Bonds died of complications from lung cancer and a brain tumor at the age of 57. Bonds was a great leadoff hitter, who had the rare combination of raw power and blazing speed.  In 1969, he became only the fourth […]

  • This Day In Sports History (August 22nd) — Nolan Ryan

    This Day In Sports History (August 22nd) — Nolan Ryan

    It was on this day in 1989 that Nolan Ryan recorded his 5000th career strikeout.  He was the first pitcher to ever record 5000 strikeouts over the course of a career. Ryan recorded his 5000th strikeout against Rickey Henderson during a game between the Texas Rangers and the Oakland A’s.  After the game, Henderson was […]

  • This Day In Sports History (August 21st) — Tiger Woods

    This Day In Sports History (August 21st) — Tiger Woods

    It was on this day in 2000 that Tiger Woods won the PGA Championship.  It was the second PGA Championship title of Tiger’s career, and his fifth victory at a Major. Tiger Woods was an impressive 18-under par after 72 holes, and while that was enough to set a PGA Championship record (which he equaled […]

  • This Day In Sports History (August 20th) — Usain Bolt

    This Day In Sports History (August 20th) — Usain Bolt

    It was on this day in 2008 that Usain Bolt won the men’s 200 meter race at the Beijing Summer Olympics.  Bolt set a new world record with his time of 19.30 seconds. While Michal Phelps was dominating in the pool at the 2008 games, Bolt was doing the same on the track.  He won […]

  • This Day In Sports History (August 19th) — Guy LaFleur

    This Day In Sports History (August 19th) — Guy LaFleur

    It was on this day in 1988 that the New York Rangers signed ex Montreal Canadiens superstar Guy LaFleur.  LaFleur came out of his four year retirement to join the Rangers on a one-year contract. From the 1974-75 season to the 1979-80 season, LaFleur was the NHL’s most productive player, amassing 50 goals and 100 […]

  • This Day In Sports History (August 16th) — Sports Illustrated

    This Day In Sports History (August 16th) — Sports Illustrated

    It was on this day in 1954 that Sports Illustrated released its first ever publication.  The first cover showed Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Matthews at bat and New York Giants catcher Wes Westrum squatting behind him at Milwaukee County Stadium. Michael Jordan has appeared on the cover a record 50 times, with Muhammad Ali second […]

  • This Day In Sports History (August 15th) — Nolan Ryan

    This Day In Sports History (August 15th) — Nolan Ryan

    It was on this day in 1993 that Nolan Ryan won his 324th game.  It would end up being the final win for Ryan during his Hall of Fame career. Nolan Ryan and the Texas Rangers defeated the Cleveland Indians by a score of 4-1.  Ryan would play a few more games during the 1993 […]