This Day In Sports History (August 2nd) – New Orleans Saints
It was on this day in 1967 that the New Orleans Saints played their first ever pre-season game. The Saints lost to the Los Angeles Rams 16-7 in the first professional football game ever held at Anaheim Stadium.
The Saints first season in the NFL started off with a bang, as John Gilliam took the opening kick-off of the year and returned it 94 yards for a touchdown. However, the Saints would go on to lose the game and finished the season with a 3-11 record, which surprisingly was the most ever wins by a team in their expansion year. New Orleans had been one of the worst franchises in the league for quite awhile, but all that changed not long ago.
The New Orleans Saints had a magical 2009 season, in which they started the year 13-0, on their way to the #1 seed in the NFC. They smashed the Cardinals 45-14 in the divisional round and beat the Vikings 31-28 to reach the Super Bowl. The Colts entered the Superbowl as the favorite, but that didn’t stop the Saints from winning it all for the franchise’s first ever Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Here are highlights from Superbowl XLIV.
Tim Wakefield, MLB – Born August 2ND 1966 (age 47) in Melbourne, Florida
Tony Amonte, NHL – Born August 2ND 1970 (age 43) in Hingham, Massachusetts
Grady Sizemore, MLB – Born August 2ND 1982 (age 31) in Seattle, Washington