This Day In Sports History (March 9th) – Rays and Diamondbacks
It was on this day in 1995 that Major League Baseball awarded the city of Tampa Bay and the state of Arizona with MLB teams. Tampa Bay would be known as the “Devil Rays” (now known as simply the “Rays”) while the club from Arizona would be called the “Diamondbacks.”
Tampa would be placed in the very difficult A.L. East with the Yankees and Red Sox and would finish in last place in their first six years. However, in 2008 the Rays shocked the baseball world by not only winning the division, but making it all the way to the World Series. They would eventually lose to the Phillies, but the season was considered a great success.
Arizona struggled in its inaugural season, finishing last in the N.L. West, but the very next year they won the division with an impressive 100 win season. Just a couple years later in 2001 they found themselves in the World Series against the powerhouse Yankees. Down 3-2 the Diamondbacks came back to win the final two games and take home their first World Series.
Here is the hit that won the Diamondbacks the World Series.
Phil Housley, NHL – Born March 9th 1964 (age 48) in St. Paul, Minnesota
Benito Santiago, MLB – Born March 9th 1965 (age 47) in Ponce, Puerto Rico
Antonio Bryant, NFL – Born March 9th 1981 (age 31) in Miami, Florida