Sports History

  • 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 […]

  • This Day In Sports History (August 14th) — Pete Rose

    This Day In Sports History (August 14th) — Pete Rose

    It was on this day in 1982 that Pete Rose recorded his 12,365 at-bat in the MLB.  That would move him past Hank Aaron and into first place on the league’s all-time at-bats list. Rose took a total of 20 years to reach the mark that Hank Aaron set during his 23-year career.  He became […]

  • This Day In Sports History (August 13th) — Michael Phelps

    This Day In Sports History (August 13th) — Michael Phelps

    It was on this day in 2008 that Michael Phelps won his tenth and eleventh career gold medals.  His tenth gold gave him the most Olympic gold medals for any athlete in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games’ modern history. It was the men’s 200m butterfly in which Phelps won his tenth career gold, […]

  • This Day In Sports History (August 12th) — Tiger Woods

    This Day In Sports History (August 12th) — Tiger Woods

    It was on this day in 2007 that Tiger Woods won the 89th annual PGA Championship.  The tournament was held at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tiger Woods had a rough start to the tournament as he shot a +1 (70) in the opening round and sat six shots back of the […]

  • This Day In Sports History (August 9th) — Wayne Gretzky Is Traded

    This Day In Sports History (August 9th) — Wayne Gretzky Is Traded

    It was on this day in 1988 that the Edmonton Oilers did the unthinkable and traded Wayne Gretzky.  “The Great One” was traded to the Los Angeles Kings along with Marty McSorley and Mike Krushelnyski in exchange for Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, the Kings first round draft picks in 1989, 1991 and 1993 and $15 […]

  • This Day In Sports History (August 8th) — Pete Rose

    This Day In Sports History (August 8th) — Pete Rose

    It was on this day in 1990 that Pete Rose began serving his five month prison sentence at Marion (Ill.) Federal prison camp. The MLB all-time hits leader pleaded guilty to two charges of tax evasion on April 20, 1990, after filing false income tax returns and not showing income he received from selling autographs […]

  • This Day In Sports History (August 7th) — Barry Bonds

    This Day In Sports History (August 7th) — Barry Bonds

    It was on this day in 2007 that Barry Bonds hit his 756th career home run.  That homer would help him move past Hank Aaron and become the MLB’s all-time home run leader. Bonds entered the 2007 season with a total of 734 home runs, but in addition to dealing with all of the pressure […]

  • This Day In Sports History (August 6th) — Carl Yastrzemski

    This Day In Sports History (August 6th) — Carl Yastrzemski

    It was on this day in 1989 that the Boston Red Sox retired the #8 formerly worn by Carl Yastrzemski.  Yastrzemski spent his entire 23 year career with Boston and joined Bobby Doerr (#1), Joe Cronin (#4), Johnny Pesky (#6), Ted Williams (#9), Jim Rice (#14) and Carlton Fisk (#27) as the only players to […]