This Day In Sports History (March 12th) – Gordie Howe
It was on this day in 1972 that Gordie Howe had his #9 jersey retired by the Detroit Red Wings. Howe would return to playing a few years later for the Houston Aeros of the newly formed WHA, and after the WHA went bust in 1979, “Mr. Hockey” returned for one more year in the NHL with the Hartford Whalers.
Howe set several marks of longevity in the NHL, playing in a record 1,767 regular season games over 26 years, spanning an incredible five decades. Gordie also held the records for most goals, assists and points in a career until Wayne Gretzky came along and broke them all. And to top things off, he won four Stanley Cups, six Art Ross trophies and six Hart trophies as the league’s MVP.
Howe played in the NHL, the best hockey league in the world, at the age of 52. Don’t expect any NHLer to duplicate that feat anytime soon.
Darryl Strawberry, MLB – Born March 12th 1962 (age 52) in Los Angeles, California
Isaiah Rider, NBA – Born March 12th 1971 (age 43) in Oakland, California
Raul Mondesi, MLB – Born March 12th 1971 (age 43) in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic