Sports History

  • This Day In Sports History (March 26th) — Michigan State Spartans

    This Day In Sports History (March 26th) — Michigan State Spartans

    It was on this day in 1979 that Michigan State would play Indiana State for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.  Michigan would defeat Indiana 75-64, lead by point guard Magic Johnson, who was also named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. To this day, the 1979 championship game is still the highest-rated college basketball game in […]

  • This Day In Sports History (March 25th) – Mike Tyson

    This Day In Sports History (March 25th) – Mike Tyson

    It was on this day in 1995 that Mike Tyson was released from prison after serving nearly three years at the Indiana Youth Center near Plainfield, Indiana.  Tyson was given a sentence of six years in prison as well as four years probation for his conviction of raping the 18-year-old Miss Black Rhode Island, Desiree […]

  • This Day In Sports History (March 24th) – Magic Johnson & Larry Bird

    This Day In Sports History (March 24th) – Magic Johnson & Larry Bird

    It was on this day in 1979 that Magic Johnson and Larry Bird lead their respective teams to the 1979 NCAA finals.  Magic’s Michigan State team would destroy Penn State by a score of 101-67, while Bird’s Indiana State would beat out DePaul 76-74. Both Magic and Larry would have outstanding games in their respective […]

  • This Day In Sports History (March 21st) — UCLA Bruins

    This Day In Sports History (March 21st) — UCLA Bruins

    It was on this day in 1964 that the UCLA Bruins’ men’s basketball team beat Duke by a score of 98-83 to win the NCAA Division I championship, and complete their perfect 30-0 season. At the time, the Bruins became only the forth team in NCAA men’s basketball history to record a perfect season.  The […]

  • This Day In Sports History (March 20th) — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    This Day In Sports History (March 20th) — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    It was on this day in 1990 that the Los Angeles Lakers retired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s No. 33.  It is one of seven numbers at the moment to be retired by the Lakers’ organization. Kareem had one of the greatest careers in NBA history, as he held the record for points scored, games played, minutes played, […]

  • This Day In Sports History (March 19) — Brett Hull

    This Day In Sports History (March 19) — Brett Hull

    It was on this day in 1991 that Brett Hull became only the second player in NHL history to score 80 goals in a season.  Hull finished the year with 86 goals – the third most all-time, behind only Wayne Gretzky’s 92 in 1981-82 and Gretzky’s 87 in 1983-84.  Brett also became only the fifth […]

  • This Day In Sports History (March 18th) – Michael Jordan

    This Day In Sports History (March 18th) – Michael Jordan

    It was on this day in 1995 that Michael Jordan announced he would be returning to the NBA.  Jordan came back to the Bulls donning the number 45, as his familiar number 23 had already been retired following his initial retirement. In his two years away from basketball, MJ embarked on a baseball career.  He […]

  • This Day In Sports History (March 17th) — Bell Centre

    This Day In Sports History (March 17th) — Bell Centre

    It was on this day in 1996 that the Montreal Canadiens played the first game in their new arena, the Molson Centre.  The Canadiens hosted the New York Rangers and beat them by a score of 4-2. The arena was named after Molson, Inc., a brewing company that owned the team at the time the […]

  • This Day In Sports History (March 14th) — Gordie Howe

    This Day In Sports History (March 14th) — Gordie Howe

    It was on this day in 1997 that a 68-year-old Gordie Howe signed a contract with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch.  He was attempting to become the first player to play professional hockey in six consecutive decades. Unfortunately, Howe’s comeback had to be canceled because the Crunch were in the playoff hunt and could not afford […]

  • This Day In Sports History (March 12th) – Gordie Howe

    This Day In Sports History (March 12th) – Gordie Howe

    It was on this day in 1972 that Gordie Howe had his #9 jersey retired by the Detroit Red Wings.  Howe would return to playing a few years later for the Houston Aeros of the newly formed WHA, and after the WHA went bust in 1979,  “Mr. Hockey” returned for one more year in the […]

  • This Day In Sports History (March 11th) — NFL Adopts Instant Replay

    This Day In Sports History (March 11th) — NFL Adopts Instant Replay

    It was on this day in 1986 that the National Football League announced it would use instant replay for the upcoming season. In 1986, the technology was nowhere near what it is today, which made instant replay unpopular with players, coaches and the fans.  As a result, in 1992 the NFL decided to abandon its […]

  • This Day In Sports History (March 10th) — Batting Helmets

    This Day In Sports History (March 10th) — Batting Helmets

    It was on this day in 1941 that the Brooklyn Dodgers announced that all of their players would start wearing batting helmets permanently in the upcoming season.  It was not long after that many other teams would adopt this safety precaution as well. General Manager Larry MacPhail was the man behind this innovation; he also […]

  • This Day In Sports History (March 7th) — NCAA Selection Sunday

    This Day In Sports History (March 7th) — NCAA Selection Sunday

    It was on this day in 1982 that the NCAA Tournament Selection, also known as Selection Sunday, was first broadcast on live television.  Since then, a live broadcast of the event, which takes place the weekend before the tournament begins, has been used to inform each school of whether they have made it into the […]

  • This Day In Sports History (March 6th) — Muhammad Ali

    This Day In Sports History (March 6th) — Muhammad Ali

    It was on this day in 1964 that Elijah Muhammad announced Cassius Clay would be renamed, “Muhammad Ali.”  Clay’s adoption of this name symbolized his acceptance and new identity as a member of the Nation of Islam. Clay revealed that he was a member of the Nation of Islam after claiming the championship from Sonny […]