Sports History

  • 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 […]

  • This Day In Sports History (December 16th) — O.J. Simpson

    This Day In Sports History (December 16th) — O.J. Simpson

    It was on this day in 1973 that Buffalo Bills running back O.J. Simpson became the first man to rush for over 2,000 yards in a single season. Simpson accomplished the feat in just 14 games as that was the length of the schedule at the time. Simpson entered the final game of the season […]

  • This Day In Sports History (December 13th) — Roger Clemens

    This Day In Sports History (December 13th) — Roger Clemens

    It was on this day in 1996 that free agent starting pitcher Roger Clemens signed with the Toronto Blue Jays. Clemens signed a four-year, $40 million deal to be the ace of the Blue Jays pitching staff. Although he signed a four-year contract, Clemens lasted only two seasons in Toronto before being traded to the […]

  • This Day In Sports History (December 12th) — Gale Sayers

    This Day In Sports History (December 12th) — Gale Sayers

    It was on this day in 1965 that Gale Sayers scored six touchdowns during a game against the San Francisco 49ers, tying the NFL record for most touchdowns in a single game. Sayers had himself quite the rookie season with the Chicago Bears, as he set an NFL record with 22 touchdowns on the season […]

  • This Day In Sports History (December 11th) — Joe DiMaggio Retires

    This Day In Sports History (December 11th) — Joe DiMaggio Retires

    It was on this day in 1951 that Joe DiMaggio announced his retirement from baseball.  The “Yankee Clipper” was 37-years-old when he made the announcement. DiMaggio played all 13 years of his prolific career with the New York Yankees (1936–1942, 1946–1951).  He would make the All-Star game during each of those seasons, and he won […]

  • This Day In Sports History (December 10th) — C.C. Sabathia

    This Day In Sports History (December 10th) — C.C. Sabathia

    It was on this day in 2008 that the New York Yankees signed free agent starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia to a seven-year, $161 million contract.  This remains the largest contract ever signed by a pitcher in Major League Baseball history. The Yankees got exactly what they paid for in Sabathia’s first year, as he was […]

  • This Day In Sports History (December 9th) — Eddie George

    This Day In Sports History (December 9th) — Eddie George

    It was on this day in 1995 that Ohio State University running back Eddie George was named as the Heisman Trophy winner.  George beat out future NFL stars Peyton Manning, Keyshawn Johnson and Warrick Dunn to take home the award. In his first couple of seasons at Ohio State, George battled fumbling issues, which led […]