Sports History

  • This Day In Sports History (December 3rd) — Barry Sanders

    This Day In Sports History (December 3rd) — Barry Sanders

    It was on this day in 1988 that Oklahoma State running back Barry Sanders was named the Hesiman trophy winner.  Sanders beat out Rodney Peete and future Hall-of-Famer Troy Aikman, who finished second and third in the voting, respectively. Barry Sanders’ 1988 college football season is considered by many to be one of the greatest […]

  • This Day In Sports History (December 2nd) — Andre Ware

    This Day In Sports History (December 2nd) — Andre Ware

    It was on this day in 1989 that University of Houston quarterback Andre Ware was named the Heisman Trophy winner.  Ware became the first black quarterback to win the prestigious award. The 1989 season was Ware’s junior year and he had an outstanding season, throwing for 4,699 yards, 44 touchdowns, and setting an incredible 26 […]

  • This Day In Sports History (November 27th) — Fred Lynn

    This Day In Sports History (November 27th) — Fred Lynn

    It was on this day in 1975 that Red Sox center fielder Fred Lynn won the AL MVP award.  In doing so, he became the first rookie in Major League history to earn MVP and Rookie of the Year honors in the same season. Lynn’s rookie year was one of the most impressive seasons of […]

  • This Day In Sports History (November 26th) — Sean Taylor

    This Day In Sports History (November 26th) — Sean Taylor

    It was on this day in 2007 Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor was shot in the leg during a home invasion.  The bullet struck Taylor’s femoral artery which caused massive bleeding and ultimately cost him his life. Sean Taylor was a first round, fifth overall pick of the Washington Redskins in the 2004 NFL Draft.  […]

  • This Day In Sports History (November 25th) — Alonzo Mourning

    This Day In Sports History (November 25th) — Alonzo Mourning

    It was on this day in 2003 that New Jersey Nets center Alonzo Mourning announced his retirement.  Mourning retired due to complications from his kidney disease. Just a few weeks after announcing his retirement, Mourning underwent a successful kidney transplant.  After months of rehab and getting back into shape, Alonzo began practicing with his former […]

  • This Day In Sports History (November 22nd) – Wayne Gretzky

    This Day In Sports History (November 22nd) – Wayne Gretzky

    It was on this day in 1999 that Wayne Gretzky was inducted into the Hockey Hall Of Fame.  Gretzky became the tenth and last player to bypass the usual three-year waiting period. Wayne Gretzky being elected to the Hall-Of-Fame was a no-brainer, as he is considered by many to be the greatest player in hockey […]

  • This Day In Sports History (November 21st) — Pete Rose

    This Day In Sports History (November 21st) — Pete Rose

    It was on this day in 1973 that Pete Rose was awarded the NL MVP.  It was the only regular season MVP award he would earn during his Major League career. Rose enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career in 1973, recording 230 hits and a .338 batting average (both league-highs) in 160 […]

  • This Day In Sports History (November 20th) — Walter Payton

    This Day In Sports History (November 20th) — Walter Payton

    It was on this day in 1977 that Walter Payton rushed for 275 yards during a game against the Minnesota Vikings.  That stunning performance on the ground would set the NFL record for most rushing yards in a single game. The previous NFL record for most rushing yards in a game was held by Bills […]

  • This Day In Sports History (November 15th) — Kirk Gibson

    This Day In Sports History (November 15th) — Kirk Gibson

    It was on this day in 1988 that Kirk Gibson was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player of the regular season.  Gibson beat out Darryl Strawberry in the voting to capture the only MVP award of his career. Kirk Gibson did not possess the power numbers of a typical Most Valuable Player, as he […]

  • This Day In Sports History (November 14th) — Gordie Howe

    This Day In Sports History (November 14th) — Gordie Howe

    It was on this day in 1964 that Gordie Howe set the record for most career NHL goals, with his 627th. The 1964-65 season was Howe’s 19th in the league, and while it certainly wasn’t his best, it was still pretty impressive, as the 36-year-old (at the time) recorded 29 goals, 47 assists and 104 […]

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

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

    It was on this day in 1991 that Roger Clemens was awarded the AL Cy Young Award.  It was the third Cy Young Award won by Clemens during his highly-decorated career. While it certainly wasn’t the most impressive season of Clemens’ career, the 1991 season was still an awfully impressive one for the Red Sox […]

  • This Day In Sports History (November 12th) – Dan Marino

    This Day In Sports History (November 12th) – Dan Marino

    It was on this day in 1995 that Dan Marino passed for his 47,004th career passing yard.  This surpassed the mark which was previously held by Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton. At the time of his retirement, Dan Marino held most of the significant passing records in the NFL, including most career attempts, most […]

  • This Day In Sports History (November 11th) — Roy Halladay

    This Day In Sports History (November 11th) — Roy Halladay

    It was on this day in 2003 that Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Roy Halladay was named the American League Cy Young award winner.  Halladay was the run-away choice, as he finished with 26 out of a possible 28 first place votes. Roy Halladay led the Major Leagues in several statistical categories including wins (22), […]