Sports History

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]