Sports History

  • 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 […]

  • This Day In Sports History (March 5th) – Derek Fisher Day

    This Day In Sports History (March 5th) – Derek Fisher Day

    It was on this day in 2008 that the city of Los Angeles declared it “Derek Fisher Day” in praise of his work in the community, his love for his family and his commitment to his teammates.  Fisher was honored downtown at a City Hall ceremony, where he gave a speech and was presented with […]

  • This Day In Sports History (March 4th) – George Foreman

    This Day In Sports History (March 4th) – George Foreman

    It was on this day in 1995 that George Foreman was stripped of his WBA Championship belt.  Foreman’s title was taken away after he refused to fight the World Boxing Associations’ number one contender, Tony Tucker. To this day it is still unclear why Foreman declined to fight Tucker, but many have speculated it was […]

  • This Day In Sports History (March 3rd) – World Baseball Classic

    This Day In Sports History (March 3rd) – World Baseball Classic

    It was on this day in 2006 that the inaugural World Baseball Classic held its first ever games.  Two games were played on that day with South Korea beating Chinese Taipei 2-0 and Japan hammering China 18-2.  Both games were played in the Tokyo Dome. The tournament featured teams from all over the world playing […]

  • This Day In Sports History (February 28th) — Don Mattingly

    This Day In Sports History (February 28th) — Don Mattingly

    It was on this day in 1991 that first baseman Don Mattingly was named captain of the New York Yankees.  Mattingly became the thirteenth captain in Yankees’ history. Donnie Baseball earned the honor prior to his tenth year with the team.  He began his career with the Yankees in 1982, playing for them his entire […]

  • This Day In Sports History (February 27th) — Tiger Woods

    This Day In Sports History (February 27th) — Tiger Woods

    It was on this day in 1992 that Tiger Woods became the youngest golfer to participate in a PGA Tour event in 35 years.  At the time, Tiger was only 16-year-old when he participated in the Nissan Los Angeles Open. Tiger was already making waves around the golf world when he stepped onto the course […]