Sports History

  • 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 […]

  • This Day In Sports History (February 21st) — Kristi Yamaguchi

    This Day In Sports History (February 21st) — Kristi Yamaguchi

    It was on this day in 1992 that Kristi Yamaguchi won an Olympic gold medal in women’s figure skating. It would be the first, and only, Olympic medal won by Yamaguchi during her figure skating career. Going into the ’92 Albertville Games, USA’s Tonya Harding and Japan’s Midori Ito held the advantage of being able […]

  • This Day In Sports History (February 20th) — Billy Smith

    This Day In Sports History (February 20th) — Billy Smith

    It was on this day in 1993 that the New York Islanders retired goaltender Billy Smith’s number 31.  In doing so, Smith became one of six former Islanders players to have his number retired by the organization. Billy Smith was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Kings, but in 1972 he was selected by the […]

  • This Day In Sports History (February 18th) — Dale Earnhardt

    This Day In Sports History (February 18th) — Dale Earnhardt

    It was on this day in 2001 that Dale Earnhardt was involved in a fatal crash at the Daytona 500.  It did not appear to be a major collision at first, but when traveling at speeds of 150 MPH, even a minor accident can prove to be deadly. On the final lap, Earnhardt’s #3 car was […]

  • This Day In Sports History (February 14th) — Wilt Chamberlain

    This Day In Sports History (February 14th) — Wilt Chamberlain

    It was on this day in 1966 that Wilt Chamberlain broke the NBA’s career scoring record, which was previously held by Bob Pettit at 20,880.  Wilt “The Stilt” would eventually finish his career with a total of 31,419 points, which currently ranks him fourth all-time. Since retiring, Chamberlain’s point total has been surpassed by only […]

  • This Day In Sports History (February 13th) – Calgary ’88

    This Day In Sports History (February 13th) – Calgary ’88

    It was on this day in 1988 that the XV Olympic Winter Games kicked off in Calgary, Alberta.  The games would run for the following 15 days, before closing out on February 28th. The games were dominated by the Soviet Union and East Germany, as they finished first and second, respectively, in the final medal […]

  • This Day In Sports History (February 12th) – Lillehammer ’94

    This Day In Sports History (February 12th) – Lillehammer ’94

    It was on this day in 1994 that the opening ceremonies were held for the 17th Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.  The Norwegians took home the most medals with a total of 26 (10 gold, 11 silver, 5 bronze)  while the Russians had 11 golds of their own, which was the most of any […]