This Day In Sports History (August 30th) – Houston Comets

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 It was on this day in 1997 that the WNBA held its first ever championship game.  The game took place at the Compaq Center in Houston, Texas, and saw the Houston Comets defeat the New York Liberty 65-51 to capture the league’s inaugural championship.

The Houston Comets and New York Liberty had the two best records in the regular season, finishing 18-10 and 17-11, respectively.  Since the WNBA was only an eight team league, only four playoff spots were available with New York beating Phoenix in one semi-final and Houston getting past Charlotte in the other.  Houston Comets guard Cynthia Cooper was named the game’s Most Valuable Player, capping off a great season for her.

To go along with the finals M.V.P., Cooper also won the regular season Most Valuable Player and was the league’s top scorer.  She would go on to win both awards again the next season and won four championships as a member of the Houston Comets.

Here are highlights from the Championship Game.

Notable Birthdays

Ted Williams, MLB – Born August 30th 1918 in Inverness, Florida

Robert Parish, NBA – Born August 30th 1953 (age 60) in Shreveport, Louisiana

Cliff Lee, MLB – Born August 30th 1978 (age 35) in Benton, Arkansas

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