Sports History

  • This Day In Sports History (January 10th) — Jimmy Johnson

    This Day In Sports History (January 10th) — Jimmy Johnson

    It was on this day in 1996 that the Miami Dolphins announced Jimmy Johnson as their new head coach.  Johnson replaced legendary Dolphins coach Don Shula, who’s tenure lasted 26 years with the Miami organization. Before accepting the job with the Dolphins, Johnson led the Dallas Cowboys to back-to-back Super Bowl titles in 1992 and […]

  • This Day In Sports History (January 9th) — Super Bowl XI

    This Day In Sports History (January 9th) — Super Bowl XI

    It was on this day in 1977 that Super Bow XI took place in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.  The Oakland Raiders would defeat the Minnesota Vikings by a score of 32-14, earning the franchise their first ever Vince Lombardi Trophy. After a scoreless first quarter, the Raiders took control of the game in […]

  • This Day In Sports History (January 8th) — NCAA Tourney

    This Day In Sports History (January 8th) — NCAA Tourney

    It was on this day in 1984 when the NCAA announced that they would be adding an additional nine teams to the March Madness basketball tournament. The previous team total for the tournament had been 53 teams, meaning five play-in games had to be played before the start of the tournament.  The increase to 64 […]

  • This Day In Sports History (January 7th) — Los Angeles Lakers

    This Day In Sports History (January 7th) — Los Angeles Lakers

    It was on this day in 1972 that the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 134-90 for their 33rd straight win.  Their winning streak began over two months earlier with a win over the Baltimore Bullets. The 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers are considered one of the greatest teams in NBA history, led by Wilt […]

  • This Day In Sports History (January 6th) — Lenny Wilkens

    This Day In Sports History (January 6th) — Lenny Wilkens

    It was on this day in 1995 that Atlanta Hawks head coach Lenny Wilkens recorded his 939th career victory.  Wilkens broke the record that was previously held by legendary Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach. At the time of his retirement, Wilkens was the all-time leader in both wins and losses as a head coach in […]

  • This Day In Sports History (January 3rd) – Ohio State Buckeyes

    This Day In Sports History (January 3rd) – Ohio State Buckeyes

    It was on this day in 2003 that the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl took place in Tempe, Arizona at Sun Devil Stadium.  The Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Miami Hurricanes 31-24 in double overtime to be crowned BCS National Champions. The Miami Hurricanes entered the game as 11.5 point favorites and were expected to repeat as […]

  • This Day In Sports History (January 2nd) — Notre Dame

    This Day In Sports History (January 2nd) — Notre Dame

    It was on this day in 1989 that Notre Dame defeated West Virginia in the Fiesta Bowl to earn the 1988 NCAA National Championship title. The Fighting Irish and the Mountaineers both entered the game with perfect 11-0 records, which meant that for the second time in three years, the Fiesta Bowl would also act […]

  • This Day In Sports History (December 31st) — Mario Lemieux

    This Day In Sports History (December 31st) — Mario Lemieux

    It was on this day in 1988 that Pittsburgh Penguins center Mario Lemieux scored five goals in five different ways.  Lemieux recorded a goal at even-strength, shorthanded, on the power-play, on a penalty shot and into an empty-net. Lemieux became the first, and remains the only, player to accomplish this impressive feat.  Along with scoring […]

  • This Day In Sports History (December 30th) — Wayne Gretzky

    This Day In Sports History (December 30th) — Wayne Gretzky

    It was on this day in 1981 that Edmonton Oilers center Wayne Gretzky scored his 50th goal of the season in just his 39th game.  Gretzky broke the record of 50 goals in 50 games that was held by both Maurice Richard and Mike Bossy. Wayne Gretzky entered game #39 with 45 goals and needed […]

  • This Day In Sports History (December 27th) – Barry Zito

    This Day In Sports History (December 27th) – Barry Zito

    It was on this day in 2006 that the San Francisco Giants signed free agent starting pitcher Barry Zito to a seven-year deal worth $126 million.  Zito’s contract made him the highest paid pitcher in Major League history at the time of the signing. Barry Zito had a terrific season in 2002 when he had […]

  • This Day In Sports History (December 23rd) — Immaculate Reception

    This Day In Sports History (December 23rd) — Immaculate Reception

    It was on this day in 1972 that the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders played in the AFC Divisional playoff game at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The game is most remembered for the “Immaculate Reception” made by Steelers running back Franco Harris. The play occurred when the Steelers faced a fourth-and-10 from their […]

  • This Day In Sports History (December 20th) — Hideo Nomo

    This Day In Sports History (December 20th) — Hideo Nomo

    It was on this day in 2001 that starting pitcher Hideo Nomo signed a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  The signing meant a return to the organization where Nomo’s Major League career began nearly seven years earlier. Hideo Nomo’s Major League career got off to a great start, as he had a very solid […]

  • This Day In Sports History (December 19th) — Wayne Gretzky

    This Day In Sports History (December 19th) — Wayne Gretzky

    It was on this day in 1984 that Wayne Gretzky recorded his 1000th career point.  At the age of 23, he would become the youngest player in NHL history to reach that mark. Gretzky entered the 1984-85 season with 914 points, and therefore only needed 86 points to reach 1000 for his career.  He would […]

  • This Day In Sports History (December 18th) — NFL Playoffs

    This Day In Sports History (December 18th) — NFL Playoffs

    It was on this day in 1932 that the first NFL Playoff game was played.  It took place between the Chicago Bears and the Portsmouth Spartans, and the Bears would go on to win by a score of 9-0. The NFL’s first playoff game wasn’t originally scheduled at the beginning of the season, but it […]

  • This Day In Sports History (December 17th) — Chris Henry

    This Day In Sports History (December 17th) — Chris Henry

    It was on this day in 2009 that Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry passed away due to blunt force trauma to the head. Henry sustained the injury when he fell from the back of a truck driven by his fiancée, Loleini Tonga. Chris Henry was drafted in the third round (83rd overall) of the 2005 […]