Sports History

  • This Day In Sports History (May 15th) — Cito Gaston

    This Day In Sports History (May 15th) — Cito Gaston

    It was on this day in 1989 that Cito Gaston was named the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays.  It was his first managerial job in the Majors and three years later he would go on to lead the club to their first ever World Series title. Gaston joined the Jays in 1982 as a […]

  • This Day In Sports History (May 14th) – Lyle Alzado

    This Day In Sports History (May 14th) – Lyle Alzado

    It was on this day in 1992 that former NFL defensive end Lyle Alzado passed away.  Years of steroid abuse led to a cancerous brain tumor, which ultimately caused Alzado to die at the young age of 43. Lyle Alzado was known throughout the NFL as a very intense and intimidating player on the field.  […]

  • This Day In Sports History (May 13th) — Battle of the Sexes

    This Day In Sports History (May 13th) — Battle of the Sexes

    It was on this day in 1973 that former tennis star Bobby Riggs would take on Margaret Court in a Battle of the Sexes tennis match.  The contest took place on Mother’s day in Ramona, California At the time of the match, Margaret Court was 30-years-old and the #1 ranked female player in the world, […]

  • This Day In Sports History (May 10th) — Bobby Orr

    This Day In Sports History (May 10th) — Bobby Orr

    It was on this day in 1970 that the Boston Bruins beat the St. Louis Blues to capture the team’s first Stanley Cup since 1941.  The Bruins won the game 4-3 in overtime to sweep the Blues in their best-of-seven series. Game Four of the series would go into overtime, but it did not last […]

  • This Day In Sports History (May 9th) — Longest MLB Game

    This Day In Sports History (May 9th) — Longest MLB Game

    It was on this day in 1984 that the Chicago White Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers played in the longest game in Major League Baseball history.  The game lasted eight hours and six minutes before the Sox finally won 7-6 in the 25th inning. The game actually began at 7:30 pm on May 8th, but […]

  • This Day In Sports History (May 8th) — Fight of the Century

    This Day In Sports History (May 8th) — Fight of the Century

    It was on this day in 1971 that the “Fight of the Century” took place between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali at Madison Square Garden in New York.  It was the first of three epic bouts between these two fearless combatants. With both of these heavyweights owning undefeated records, and Frazier owning the belt at […]

  • This Day In Sports History (May 7th) — Denver Nuggets

    This Day In Sports History (May 7th) — Denver Nuggets

    It was on this day in 1994 that the No. 8 seeded Denver Nuggets upset the top ranked Seattle SuperSonics in the first round of the NBA playoffs.  It was the first time that a No. 1 seed fell to a No. 8 seed since the first round of the NBA playoffs went to a […]

  • This Day In Sports History (May 6th) — Hartford Whalers

    This Day In Sports History (May 6th) — Hartford Whalers

    It was on this day in 1997 that Hartford Whalers owner Peter Karmanos officially announced that the team would be relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina, and be known as the Carolina Hurricanes. Karmanos was frustrated with the team’s poor attendance figures as well as a lack of corporate support, which prompted the move to North […]

  • This Day In Sports History (May 3rd) – Big Brown

    This Day In Sports History (May 3rd) – Big Brown

    It was on this day in 2008 that Big Brown won the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby.  Big Brown entered the race as a 2-1 favorite and would defeat Eight Belles by four and three-quarter lengths. After finishing in second place, three year old philly Eight Belles was euthanized immediately following the race due […]

  • This Day In Sports History (May 2nd) — Lou Gehrig

    This Day In Sports History (May 2nd) — Lou Gehrig

    It was on this day in 1939 that Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games streak ended.  The streak was halted at 2,130 after Gehrig sat out a game against the Detroit Tigers, which the Yankees would go on to win by a score of 22-2. Gehrig’s consecutive games streak would be one of his greatest achievements and […]

  • This Day In Sports History (May 1st) — Ricky Henderson

    This Day In Sports History (May 1st) — Ricky Henderson

    It was on this day in 1991 that Ricky Henderson stole the 939th base of his Major League career.  That broke Lou Brock’s previous record of 938 stolen bases, giving Ricky the new MLB record. Henderson was the most prolific base stealer to ever play in the Majors, as he led the MLB in steals […]

  • This Day In Sports History (April 30th) — Monica Seles

    This Day In Sports History (April 30th) — Monica Seles

    It was on this day in 1993 that Monica Seles was stabbed in the back by an obsessed fan during her quarterfinal match against Magdalena Maleeva.  The incident occurred in Hamburg, Germany at the Citizen Cup tournament. Monica Seles entered the 1993 season as the world’s top ranked female player.  She was the three-time reigning […]

  • This Day In Sports History (April 29th) – Roger Clemens

    This Day In Sports History (April 29th) – Roger Clemens

    It was on this day in 1986 that Roger Clemens became the first pitcher in MLB history to strikeout 20 batters in a nine inning major league game.  Clemens accomplished the feat against the Seattle Mariners in a game played at Fenway Park. Clemens would achieve this mark in only his third full season, at […]

  • This Day In Sports History (April 26th) – Coors Field

    This Day In Sports History (April 26th) – Coors Field

    It was on this day in 1995 that the Colorado Rockies played their first ever game at Coors Field.  The Rockies would beat the New York Mets 11-9 to earn their first victory in their new ballpark. Coors Field is known as a hitters’ ballpark due to the fact that it is located in Denver, […]

  • This Day In Sports History (April 25th) — Phillie Phanatic

    This Day In Sports History (April 25th) — Phillie Phanatic

    It was on this day in 1978 that the Phillie Phanatic made his first ever appearance as the official mascot of the Philadelphia Phillies. The idea for the Phillie Phanatic was created by Dennis Lehman in 1977, as he felt the team needed to abandon “Philadelphia Phil” and “Philadelphia Phillis”, and replace them with a […]