Sports History

  • 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 […]

  • This Day In Sports History (February 11th) — Michael Jordan

    This Day In Sports History (February 11th) — Michael Jordan

    It was on this day in 1996 that the 46th NBA All-Star Game was held at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.  The Eastern All-Stars won the game 129-118 over the West in front of 36,037 fans, the third largest crowd in All-Star Game history. Michael Jordan would edge out Shaquille O’Neal to take home […]

  • This Day In Sports History (February 10th) – Mike Tyson

    This Day In Sports History (February 10th) – Mike Tyson

    It was on this day in 1990 that James “Buster” Douglas beat Mike Tyson to become the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World.  Douglas dominated the fight and in the 1oth round KO’d Tyson in front of thousands of shocked observers at the Tokyo Dome. Mike Tyson entered this fight undefeated (37-0) and had never […]

  • This Day In Sports History (February 7th) — Darryl Sittler

    This Day In Sports History (February 7th) — Darryl Sittler

    It was on this day in 1976 that Toronto Maple Leafs forward Darryl Sittler set an NHL record by recording ten points in a single game.  He broke the previous record of eight, which was held by both Maurice Richard and Bert Olmstead. Playing against the Boston Bruins, Sittler scored an amazing six goals and […]

  • This Day In Sports History (February 6th) – Super Bowl XXXIX

    This Day In Sports History (February 6th) – Super Bowl XXXIX

    It was on this day in 2005 that the New England Patriots beat the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX by a score of 24-21.  The win gave the Patriots their third Vince Lombardi Trophy in four years. The Patriots entered the game as the favorites, having lost only two games all season.  As for […]

  • This Day In Sports History (February 5th) — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    This Day In Sports History (February 5th) — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    It was on this day in 1989 that Kareem Abdul-Jabar scored the 38,000th point of his NBA career.  With it, he became the first player in league history to reach that mark. Kareem reached the 38,000-point mark in the final year of his career, as he retired at the conclusion of the 1988-89 NBA season.  The […]

  • This Day In Sports History (February 4th) – 1st Winter Olympics

    This Day In Sports History (February 4th) – 1st Winter Olympics

    It was on this day in 1924 that the first ever Winter Olympic Games in Chamonix, France (officially known as the I Olympic Winter Games) held its closing ceremonies.  The games began on January 25, and throughout the course of the next 10 days, 49 medals were handed out in bobsleigh, curling, figure skating, ice […]