Sports History

  • This Day In Sports History (June 12th) — Los Angeles Lakers

    This Day In Sports History (June 12th) — Los Angeles Lakers

    It was on this day in 2002 that the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA Championship.  They would do so by defeating the New Jersey Nets 113-107 in Game Four of the NBA Finals. The Lakers entered the 2001-02 NBA season having won the last two NBA Championships.  And with the likes of Kobe Bryant, […]

  • This Day In Sports History (June 11th) – Seattle Slew

    This Day In Sports History (June 11th) – Seattle Slew

    It was on this day in 1977 that Seattle Slew won the 109th running of the Belmont Stakes.  With his win at Belmont, Seattle Slew became only the tenth horse in history to win the Triple Crown and with his 9 for 9 record, he became the first Triple Crown winner to finish the series […]

  • This Day In Sports History (June 10th) — Lewis Hamilton

    This Day In Sports History (June 10th) — Lewis Hamilton

    It was on this day in 2007 that Lewis Hamilton won his first Formula One race.  Hamilton won the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal to become the first black man to win a Formula One race.  Hamilton was also the fifth youngest man to win on the Formula One circuit. Lewis Hamilton earned his first […]

  • This Day In Sports History (June 7th) – Detroit Red Wings

    This Day In Sports History (June 7th) – Detroit Red Wings

    It was on this day in 1997 that the Detroit Red Wings beat the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 4 to win the Stanley Cup.  The Red Wings won the game, 2-1, to sweep the Flyers and win their first Stanley Cup in 42 years. The 1996-97 Detroit Red Wings team was loaded with talent and […]

  • 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 […]