Sports History

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]