Sports History

  • This Day In Sports History (June 6th) — Stump Merrill

    This Day In Sports History (June 6th) — Stump Merrill

    It was on this day in 1990 that Stump Merrill replaced Bucky Dent as the manager of the New York Yankees.  With the hiring, Merrill became the 31st manager in Yankees history. Merrill replaced Dent, who had the Yankees out to an 18-31 record to start the 1990 season.  Dent was hired late in the […]

  • This Day In Sports History (June 5th) — Count Fleet

    This Day In Sports History (June 5th) — Count Fleet

    It was on this day in 1943 that Johnny Longden aboard Count Fleet won the 75th running of the Belmont Stakes.  With the win, Count Fleet became just the sixth horse in history to win horse racing’s triple crown. After putting forth dominant performances during his previous three races, only two horses dared line up […]

  • This Day In Sports History (June 4th) — Detroit Red Wings

    This Day In Sports History (June 4th) — Detroit Red Wings

    It was on this day in 2008 that the Detroit Red Wings beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 to win the Stanley Cup.  The Red Wings won the game, 3-2, to capture their 11th Stanley Cup in franchise history. The Red Wings won the Presidents trophy for having the most points during the regular […]

  • This Day In Sports History (June 3rd) – Darryl Strawberry

    This Day In Sports History (June 3rd) – Darryl Strawberry

    It was on this day in 1980 that the New York Mets selected outfielder Darryl Strawberry with the #1 overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft.  Darryl’s older brother, Michael, was also selected in the draft, by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 31st round. Strawberry had a great start to his career, winning […]

  • This Day In Sports History (May 31st) — Usain Bolt

    This Day In Sports History (May 31st) — Usain Bolt

    It was on this day in 2008 that Usain Bolt set a new world record in the men’s 100 meter race.  Bolt ran the race in 9.72 seconds at the Reebok Grand Prix, which was held in the Icahn Stadium in New York City. Earlier in the month, Bolt ran a 9.76, the second fastest […]

  • This Day In Sports History (May 30th) — Edmonton Oilers

    This Day In Sports History (May 30th) — Edmonton Oilers

    It was on this day in 1985 that the Edmonton Oilers won the Stanley Cup.  It was the franchise’s second Stanley Cup victory. The Oilers entered the 1985 Stanley Cup Finals as defending champions, and they finished the season with an impressive 109 points, which was the most among all Clarance Campbell Conference teams.  After […]

  • This Day In Sports History (May 29th) — Larry Bird

    This Day In Sports History (May 29th) — Larry Bird

    It was on this day in 1980 that Larry Bird was awarded the NBA Rookie of the Year.  He would beat out his rival, Magic Johnson, to earn the honor. The rivalry between Bird and Johnson began during their college years, as Bird won several individual awards while playing at Indiana State in 1979, including […]

  • This Day In Sports History (May 28th) — Larry Bird

    This Day In Sports History (May 28th) — Larry Bird

    It was on this day in 1986 that Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird was named the regular season Most Valuable Player.  Bird joined Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players to win the award in three consecutive years. The 1985-86 season was one of the best in Larry Bird’s historic career.  He averaged […]

  • This Day In Sports History (May 24th) — New York Islanders

    This Day In Sports History (May 24th) — New York Islanders

    It was on this day in 1980 that the New York Islanders won their first Stanley Cup in team history.  This would begin a string of four straight Stanley Cups for the Islanders. Just before the playoffs began, general manager Bill Torrey made a controversial decision to trade away long-time Islander veterans Billy Harris and […]

  • This Day In Sports History (May 23rd) — Tommy Greene

    This Day In Sports History (May 23rd) — Tommy Greene

    It was on this day in 1991 that Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Tommy Greene recorded a no-hitter against the Montreal Expos.  The Phillies would go on to win that game by a score of 2-0. Greene struck out ten batters and walked seven in the game.  At the age of 24, he was beginning to show […]

  • This Day In Sports History (May 22nd) — Annika Sörenstam

    This Day In Sports History (May 22nd) — Annika Sörenstam

    It was on this day in 2003 that Annika Sörenstam played in the Bank of America Colonial golf tournament in Fort Worth, Texas.  By taking part in the event, she became the first woman since Babe Zaharias in 1945 to compete against men on the PGA Tour. At the time, Sörenstam was coming off back-to-back […]

  • This Day In Sports History (May 21st) – Sweden Men’s Hockey

    This Day In Sports History (May 21st) – Sweden Men’s Hockey

    It was on this day in 2006 that the Swedish men’s hockey team won gold at the World Hockey Championships.  Sweden defeated the Czech Republic 4-0 in the championship game played in Riga, Latvia. Sweden became the first country in history to win gold at both the Olympics as well as the World Hockey Championships […]

  • This Day In Sports History (May 20th) — Mike Piazza

    This Day In Sports History (May 20th) — Mike Piazza

    It was on this day in 2008 that Oakland Athletics catcher Mike Piazza officially announced his retirement.  Piazza was somewhat forced into retirement, as no team offered him a contract for the 2008 season. Piazza began his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he would spend his first seven seasons, taking home the National […]

  • This Day In Sports History (May 17th) — David Wells

    This Day In Sports History (May 17th) — David Wells

    It was on this day in 1998 that David Wells pitched the 15th perfect game in baseball history.  Wells accomplished the feat against the Minnesota Twins in a game played at Yankee stadium. This was the first regular season perfect game in the storied history of the New York Yankees and the second in team […]

  • This Day In Sports History (May 16th) — Michael Jordan

    This Day In Sports History (May 16th) — Michael Jordan

    It was on this day in 1985 that Michael Jordan was named the NBA rookie of the year.  He would beat out the likes of Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon, Sam Perkins and Sam Bowie to win the prestigious award. Jordan averaged an incredible 28.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2.4 steals per game that […]