Monday, October 31, 2011

TODAY'S PICTURE

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TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY OCTOBER 31

2005  Red Sox GM Theo Epstein resigns – will return
2001  NYY beat Arizona on Derek Jeter’s bottom of the 10th
1989  Lenny Wilkens gets his 1st NBA coaching win
1987  1st jockey to win 9 races in a day – Chris Antley – 4 at Aqueduct and 5 at Monmouth
1983  Football pioneer George Halas died at age 88
1979  Mike Flanagan of Baltimore wins AL Cy Young – 23-9, 3.08 ERA – never won more than 16 in his next 15 seasons
1973  Tom Seaver wins the NL Cy Young – 1st pitcher to win it that did not have at least 20 wins – 19-10, 2.08 ERA, 18 complete games, 251 strikeouts
1972  Gaylord Perry wins AL Cy Young – 24-16, 1.92 ERA, 29 complete games
1967  Mike McCormick of Giants wins NL Cy Young – 20-10, 2.85 ERA, 14 complete games – never won more than 15 in his next 16 year career
1943  Washington Redskins Sammy Baugh passes for 6 TDs in a game

Sunday, October 30, 2011

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY OCTOBER 30

2001  John Stockton begins his 18th season with Utah – longest with one team in NBA history – Hakeem Olajuwon had 17 with Houston
2001  President Bush throws out the 1st pitch in game 3 of the World Series in honor of NYC’s first responders – Yankees win 2-1
1996  Philadelphia names Terry Francona manager
1984  Detroit reliever Willie Hernandez named AL Cy Young winner – only
3rd reliever to win it – 9-3, 1.92 ERA, 32 saves – all are career bests
1981  Pat Riley makes his NBA coaching debut with the LA Lakers
1981  Isiah Thomas makes his NBA debut with the Detroit Pistons
1974  “Catfish” Hunter wins AL Cy Young – 25-12, 2.29 ERA – his 4th straight 20 win season – will win 24 in 1975
1974  Muhammad Ali KOs George Foreman in Zaire – “Rumble in the Jungle”, “Rope a Dope”
1963  Sandy Koufax wins NL MVP – 25-5, 1.88 ERA, 306 strikeouts             
1954  NBA adopts use of the 24 second clock                                

1945  Branch Rickey signs Jackie Robinson to the Triple A team in Montreal

Saturday, October 29, 2011

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY OCTOBER 29

2008  Philadelphia wins World Series – resumed game 5 that had begun 2 days earlier
2006  Oakland beats Pittsburgh 20-13 despite only getting 9 1st downs and 98 total yards to 360 for the Steelers – Chris Carr of Oakland had a 100 yard interception for a TD
1995  Jerry Rice becomes NFL career receiving leader with 14,040 yards
1995  Arizona beats Seattle 20-14 as teams combine for 11 turnovers including Arizona’s interception for a TD in overtime
1989  Ozzie Newsome ends his NFL consecutive game reception streak at 150
1982  John Havlicek makes his 10,000th career field goal – only second in NBA history to do so
1982  Dominique Wilkins makes his NBA debut – averaged, 24.8 points, 6.7 rebounds – 9 time All-Star
1982  James Worthy makes his NBA debut – 17.6 average, 5.1 rebounds – 7 time All-Star, 3 time champion, 1987-88 NBA finals MVP
1975  Fred Lynn of Red Sox is named AL rookie of the year – will later be named MVP also - .331 average, 21 HRs, 47 doubles, 103 runs scored, 105 RBI
1969  Tom Seaver named NL Cy Young winner – 25-7, 2.21 ERA, 18 complete games, 208 strikeouts
1960  Muhammad Ali’s 1st pro fight – beat Tunney Hunsaker in 6
1959  Early Wynn of White Sox wins Cy Young – 22-10, 3.17 ERA, 14 complete games
1931  Lefty Grove Named AL MVP – 31-4, 2.06 ERA, 27 complete games

Friday, October 28, 2011

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY OCTOBER 28

2007  Red Sox win the World Series as they sweep ColoradoRockies had won 21 of 22 games to make the playoffs
2006  Red Auerbach died – won 9 NBA championships with the Celtics
2001  Diamondbacks’ Randy Johnson pitches a 3 hit shutout vs. NYY to take a 2 game lead in the series
2001  New Orleans gives St. Louis their 1st loss of the season as Kurt Warner throws 4 interceptions and they lose 4 fumbles – St. Louis still out gained them 474 yards to 320
1995  Atlanta wins the World Series in 6 games 1-0 as they hold Cleveland to one hit – Indians batted .179 in the series
1989  Oakland sweeps Giants in the World Series – Dave Stewart had 2 of the wins and is named MVP
1983  Clyde Drexler makes his NBA debut with Portland – 20.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.6 assists average for his career
1981  Dodgers beat NYY to win World Series in 6 games – George Frazier of NYY lost 3 of the games (tied record) – pitched 3.2 innings and gave up 7 runs in the losses
1973  Elmore Smith of the LA Lakers blocks NBA record 17 shots in a game vs. Portland
1968  Bob Gibson wins Cy Young unanimously – 22-9, 1.12 ERA, 28 complete games, 13 shutouts, 268 strikeouts
1967  Walt Frazier makes his NBA debut – 18.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, 6.1 assist career average – 7 time all defensive team, 2 time champion
1962  YA Tittle passes for 505 yards and throws 7 TDs in a 49-34 win over Washington

Thursday, October 27, 2011

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY OCTOBER 27

2006  St. Louis wins the World Series – had only won 83 regular season games
2004  Boston wins their first World Series in 86 years as they sweep St. Louis
2003  Red Sox announce that manager Grady Little’s contract will not be renewed
2002  Emmitt Smith breaks career rushing yardage record of Walter Payton
2002  Angels win World Series as they beat San Francisco in game 7 – their 1st title in their 42nd year
1999  NYY beat Atlanta to win their 25th World Series – Braves have lost 4 World Series this decade
1991  Minnesota wins World Series 1-0 in 10 innings – Jack Morris named MVP as he gave up 3 earned runs in 22 innings – 5 of the 7 games were decided by 1 run – both Minnesota and Atlanta were last in their division in 1990
1989  World Series resumes after a 10 day delay due to the earthquake in San Francisco  - Oakland beats Giants 13-7
1986  NY Mets beat Red Sox in game 7 of World Series
1985  Royals beat St. Louis 11-0 in game 7 of the World Series – Cardinals batted only .185 in the series – lowest ever for a 7 game series
1985  NYY fire Billy Martin for the 4th time
1984  Reuben Mayes of Washington State runs for NCAA record 357 yards
1984  Hakeem Olajuwon makes his NBA debut – 26,946 points, NBA record 3,830 blocks, 21.8 average, 11.1 rebounds, and 3.1 blocks per game in his career
1956  Tommy Heinsohn makes his NBA debut – Rookie of the Year – 8 time champion

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY OCTOBER 26

2005  White Sox sweep Houston to win their 1st World Series since 1917
2000  NYY beat NY Mets to win their 26th World Series – 3rd year in a row – Derek Jeter MVP
1997  Florida Marlins win game 7 of the World Series vs. Cleveland 3-2 in the 11th on Edgar Renteria’s single
1996  NYY win their 23rd world Series as they sweep Atlanta – John Wetteland named MVP – had 4 saves
1990  Wayne Gretzky is the 1st NHL player to score 2,000 points
1985  Patrick Ewing makes his NBA debut – averaged 21.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game in his career
1984  Charles Barkley makes his NBA debut – averages 22.1 points and 11.7 rebounds in his 16 year career – MVP 1992-93
1984  John Stockton makes his NBA debut with Utah – all time leader in assists with 15,806, leader in steals with 3,265 – averaged 13.1 points and 10.5 assists for his career
1984  Michael Jordan makes his NBA debut – 32,292 career points, averaged 30.1 points per game, led NBA in scoring 10 times, 5 time MVP, 6 titles won
1982  Steve Carlton wins NL Cy Young award for the 4th time – 23-11, 3.10 ERA, 19 complete games, and 286 strikeouts
1980  St. Louis sacks Baltimore QBs a NFL record 12 times
1977  Sparky Lyle wins AL Cy Young – 1st reliever to win it – 13-5, 2.17 ERA, 26 saves
1971  Vida Blue wins AL Cy Young – 24-8, 1.82 ERA, 8 shutouts, 24 complete games, 301 strikeouts
1940  Detroit’s Hank Greenberg wins AL MVP - .340 average, 41 HRs, 150 RBI for the season

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY OCTOBER 25

2009  NYY win their 40th AL pennant as Andy Pettitte gets his 16th postseason win – a record
2005  Chicago beats Houston 7-5 in 14 innings – longest World Series game – 5 hours, 41 minutes
2003  Florida wins their 2nd World Series – the only time in the last 11 years when they had a winning record they won the Series
1990  Evander Holyfield KOs Buster Douglas in 3 to win the heavyweight title
1987  Minnesota wins their 1st World Series title
1986  Bill Buckner allows a slow ground ball to go threw his legs and NY Mets win 6-5 to tie the World Series 3-3
1985  Karl Malone makes his NBA debut with Utah – averaged 25.0 points and 10.1 rebounds in his 19 year career
1978  Gaylord Perry is the 1st to win Cy Young awards in both leagues
1964  Vikings Jim Marshall runs 66 yards in the wrong direction for a safety    1870  Pimlico Race track opens in Baltimore – 1st stakes race is won by a horse named Preakness – currently the 2nd leg of the Triple Crown

Monday, October 24, 2011

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY OCTOBER 24

2004  Red Sox Curt Schilling beats St. Louis 6-2 – 3rd different team he has won a World Series game with – Philadelphia and Arizona
2004  Emmitt Smith of the Dallas Cowboys rushes for 100 yards for the 78th time – NFL record
2000  NY Mets beat NYY 4-1 – it is the first Yankee loss after 14 straight wins in World Series games
1996  NYY win their 3rd straight game in Atlanta in the World Series – Andy Pettitte beat John Smoltz 1-0 – Pettitte gave up 5 hits, Smoltz 4
1994  Greg Maddux wins his 3rd straight Cy Young award – 16-6, 1.56 ERA – will win it again in 1995 – ends his career with 355 wins, 3.16 ERA
1992  Toronto wins their 1st World Series championship
1990  Red Sox announce they will not pick up the contract on 18 year veteran Dwight Evans
1987  Minnesota’s Kent Hrbek hits a grand slam to lead them to a comeback win over St. Louis 11-5 to tie the series 3-3
1977  Atlanta Braves hire Bobby Cox as manager
1963  Yogi Berra hired as NYY manager
1963  Sandy Koufax wins NL Cy Young award – 25-5, 1.88 ERA, 11 shutouts, 306 strikeouts
1959  Wilt Chamberlain plays in his 1st NBA game – will play in 1,045 and never foul out

Sunday, October 23, 2011

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY OCTOBER 23

1997  In game 5 of the World Series, rookie Livan Hernandez gets his 2nd win of the series – beats Indians 8-7
1995  St. Louis hires Tony LaRussa as manager
1993  Joe Carter became the 2nd player in MLB history to end a World Series with a HR as Toronto wins 8-6
1993  Mike Piazza wins NL Rookie of the Year – batted .318, 35 HRs, and 112 RBI
1988  NY Jets beat Miami 44-30 despite Dan Marino throwing for 521 yards – he had 3 TDs and 5 interceptions
1984  Rick Sutcliffe names NL Cy Young winner – 20-6, 3.64 ERA – was 16-1, 2.69 ERA with the Cubs after he had been traded by Cleveland
1979  Billy Martin of the NYY gets into a barroom brawl with Joseph Cooper – a marshmallow salesman
1977  Pittsburgh beats Houston 27-10 as both teams have 6 turnovers – Dan Pastorini of Houston had -14 net passing yards and threw 5 interceptions
1974  Chicago Cubs trade 16 year veteran Billy Williams to Oakland
1940  Soccer great Pele was born
1921  Green Bay plays there 1st football game ever

Saturday, October 22, 2011

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY OCTOBER 22

2005  Chicago beats Houston 5-3 in 1st game of the World Series – Jose Contreras gets the win, but he hits 3 batters to tie World Series record
2001  NYY win their 38th AL pennant
2000  In a World Series game, Roger Clemens throws a broken bat at Mike Piazza
1991  Braves beat Twins 5-4 in 12 innings – Twins use World Series record 23 players in the game
1985  Kansas City wins their first ever World Series game
1975  Cincinnati wins game 7 of World Series to beat the Red Sox
1972  Oakland A’s win their 1st World Series in 42 years – Gene Tenace named MVP – he had 4 HRs in the series – hit 5 all year during the regular season
1967  In the AFL, Daryle Lamonica throws 4 TDs and Oakland holds Boston Patriots to 83 total yards in a 48-14 win – Oakland had 395 yards
1958  Elgin Baylor makes his NBA debut with the Lakers – entered Hall of Fame in 1977 – averaged 27.4 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 4.3 assists in 14 seasons
1957  Sam Jones makes his NBA debut with the Boston Celtics
1950  LA Rams set NFL scoring record – beat Baltimore 70-27 – they had 535 total yards in the game, Baltimore had 423
1920  8 members of the Chicago White Sox are indicted for allegedly throwing the 1919 World Series

Friday, October 21, 2011

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY OCTOBER 21

2007  Patriots beat Miami 49-28 – Tom Brady threw 6 TDs and Randy Moss and Wes Welker combine for 260 yards and 2 TDs each
2007  Red Sox beat Cleveland in game 7 of ALCS to advance to the World Series
2001  Arizona wins NLCS to advance to the World Series – have only been in existence 4 years
1998  NYY sweep San Diego to win World Series – they had 114 regular season wins
1997  Florida scores 7 runs in the 9th inning to beat Cleveland 14-11 in game 3 of the World Series
1995  Braves beat Cleveland 3-2 in game 1 of the World Series – Kenny Lofton steals 2 bases in one inning (ties record set in 1921) – teams combine for 5 hits (ties record for least hits in a World Series game)
1989  Houston becomes the 1st major college team to gain over 1,000 yards in a game – beat Southern Methodist 95-21 – had 771 passing and 250 rushing
1984  Steve Jones runs the Chicago Marathon in world record
1980  Philadelphia wins their first World Series – have been a MLB team for 98 years
1979  Sam Smith of the Chicago Bulls scores the NBA’s first 4 point play
1976  The NY Knicks retire Willis Reed’s #19
1975  Carlton Fisk hits a 12th inning HR to left field to tie the World Series with the Reds 3 games to 3
1973  Miami beats Buffalo despite committing 5 turnovers – they held Buffalo to 1 net passing yard and 75 yards on the ground – OJ Simpson had 55 of the 75
1973  Oakland wins the World Series for the 2nd straight year
1973  Fred Dryer of LA Rams records 2 safeties in the game – NFL record

Thursday, October 20, 2011

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY OCTOBER 20

2004  Boston beats NYY 10-3 – came back from a 3-0 deficit in the ALCS – 1st team in MLB history to do so – Johnny Damon hit 2 HRs, one a grand slam for 6 RBI
2002  20 year old Francisco Rodriguez of Anaheim is the youngest pitcher to ever win a World Series game – retired 9 straight batters in 3 innings of relief
1996  St. Louis beats Jacksonville 17-14 despite being out gained 538 to 202 – Jacksonville had 6 turnovers, 5 interceptions by Mark Brunnel             
1996  19 year old Andruw Jones hits 2 HRs in Atlanta’s 12-1 win over NYY – youngest to hit a HR in World Series history
1993  Toronto wins game four of the World Series 15-14 over Philadelphia – most runs in World Series history passing the 22 in 1936
1990  Cincinnati beats heavily favored Oakland to win the World Series
1988  LA Dodgers beat the A’s 5-2 to win World Series – Orel Hershiser named MVP – won 2 complete game games giving up 2 earned runs in total
1976  Philadelphia 76ers get Julius Erving from the NY Nets for $3 million
1973  Boston Celtics gets NBA record 39 offensive rebounds but lose the game by a score of 96-87
1962  John Havlicek makes his NBA debut with Boston – scores 26,395 points in his career and won 8 NBA championships
1936  Carl Hubbell named NL MVP – had a 26-6 record and 2.31 ERA – gave up 7 HRs in 304 innings pitched
1935  Hank Greenberg of Detroit named AL MVP – batted .328, 30 HRs, 170 RBI

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY OCTOBER 19

2008  Tampa Bay beats Boston in the ALCS to advance to the World Series
2005  Houston advances to the World Series for the 1st time – 44 years
2004  Red Sox tie ALCS at 3-3 with a 4-2 win over NYY – Curt Schillings “bloody Sock” game
2003  Philadelphia beats NY Giants 14-10 despite having only 134 total yards – Brian Westbrook’s 84 yard punt return for a TD did it
1999  A bases loaded walk by Kenny Rogers in the 11th inning lets Atlanta beat NY Mets and advance to the NLCS
1998  Mike Tyson gets his license back after he lost it for biting Evander Holyfield
1987  Billy Martin is hired as manager of the NYY for the 5th time
1986  49ers and Atlanta play to a 10-10 tie as teams combine for 8 turnovers
1986  Red Sox beat NY Mets 9-3 – get 18 hits to win game 2 of the World Series
1975  Miami beat the Jets 43-0 as Joe Namath throws for 96 yards and 6 interceptions
1972  A’s score 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th to beat Reds 3-2 – they had 4 straight singles – 3 by pinch hitters
1969  Daryl Lamonica throws 6 TDs in first half as Oakland beats Buffalo 50-21
1961  Wilt Chamberlain begins a streak of 126 games with 20 or more points
1960  Oscar Robertson debuts with Cincinnati and Jerry West with the Lakers as Cincinnati beats the Lakers 140-123 – Oscar will be the only player in NBA history to average a triple double in a season – 1961-62 had 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 14.4 assists – career: 25.7/7.5/9.5 – West will have 27.0 points, 6.7 assists, and 5.8 rebounds in his career
1957  Maurice Richard becomes the 1st NHL player to score 500 goals
1933 The Olympic Committee votes to play basketball in the 1936 Berlin games
1932  Jimmie Foxx wins what is now considered the MVP award - .364 average, 58 HRs, and 169 RBI

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY OCTOBER 18

2009  The New England Patriots beat the Titans 59-0 – Tom Brady threw for 6 TDs and the Titans had -7 yards in the air
2007  Joe Torre is done as manager of the NYY after 12 years
2004  Boston beats NYY 5-4 in 14 innings of the ALCS – David Ortiz drives in the winning run – NYY still lead the series 3-2
1977  Reggie Jackson hits 3 HRs in a World Series game tying Babe Ruth’s record – each HR was off a different pitcher and each on the first pitch thrown to him
1974  Former UCLA standout, Bill Walton makes his NBA debut with the Portland Trailblazers
1974  Moses Malone makes his ABA debut – career ABA/NBA – 1,455 games, 29,580 points, 17,834 rebounds
1974  In his first Bulls game, Nate Thurmond becomes the first NBA player to score a quadruple double – 22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists, and 12 blocks – Alvin Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon, and David Robinson will be the other 3 to join him
1969  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar makes his NBA debut
1967  Earl “The Pearl” Monroe makes his NBA debut with the Baltimore Bullets

Monday, October 17, 2011

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY OCTOBER 17

2004  Boston beats the NYY 6-4 in 12 innings as David Ortiz hits a 2 run HR for the win – still trail 3-1 in ALCS
2004  Carlos Beltran hits a HR for Houston – his 5th consecutive playoff game with a HR – playoff record
2000  Patrick Roy gets his 448th victory as a goalie in the NHL passing Terry Sawchuk for career victory lead
1999  NY Mets beat Braves in 15 innings 4-3 – Braves left postseason record 19 players on base
1998  NYY beat San Diego 9-6 – scored 7 runs in the 7th on a Chuck Knoblauch’s three run HR and a grand slam by Tino Martinez
1989  Game 3 of the World Series is postponed when an earthquake hits San Francisco
1987  The first indoor World Series game is played – Minnesota – Twins win
1983  Packers beat Redskins 48-47 as teams combine for 1,025 yards on Monday Night Football
1982  Robin Yount of the Brewers is the first player to have two four hit games in one World Series
1980  Willie Aikens hits a triple in a 4-3 KC win over Philadelphia – it is his first triple ever – he had 2 in his regular season career in 2,856 plate appearances
1979  Pittsburgh wins the World Series  - Willie Stargell is named MVP
1974  By winning World Series #71, the Oakland A’s become the only team other than the NYY to win 3 straight World Series championships
1971  In game 7 of the World Series, Roberto Clemente hits a HR and the Pirates win 2-1 – he is MVP and batted .414 in the series
1970  Pete Maravich makes his NBA debut with Atlanta
1968  Elvin Hayes makes his NBA debut
1964  Willis Reed makes his NBA debut with the NY Knicks
1954  Eagles QB Adrain Burke throws 7 TDs vs. Washington

Sunday, October 16, 2011

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY OCTOBER 16

2005  Chicago Cubs win AL pennant – 1st since 1959
2004  NYY beat Boston 19-8 to take a 3-0 lead in ALCS
2003  Aaron Boone hits a HR in the 11th to give NYY a 6-5 win over Boston and advance to the World series – Mariano Rivera pitches 3 innings in relief for the win
1990  Eric Davis of the Cincinnati Red hits a HR in his first World Series at bat – the 22nd to do so
1988  Orel Hershiser beat the A’s 3-0 on 3 hits – also had 3 hits himself including 2 doubles
1977  The Denver Broncos beat the Oakland Raiders 30-7 as Kenny Stabler throws 7 interceptions
1969  100-1 long shot NY Mets win the 66th World Series in 5 games
1968  Wes Unseld makes his NBA debut – will win MVP award in his rookie year – only other player than Wilt Chamberlain to do so
1965  Billy Cunningham makes his NBA debut with the Philadelphia 76ers
1962  Dave DeBusschere makes his NBA debut
1936  Lou Gehrig is named AL MVP - .354 batting average, 49 HRs, and 152 RBI for the season

Saturday, October 15, 2011

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY OCTOBER 15

2003  Florida comes back with 3 straight wins vs. the Cubs to advance to the World Series
2001  NYY Beat Oakland 5-2 to advance to the ALCS – 1st team ever to lose first 2 games at home and advance – Derek Jeter gets his 87th postseason hit – a record
1989  Wayne Gretzky passes Gordie Howe as the NHL’s all time scorer
1989  Eagles beat Phoenix Cardinals 17-5 as teams combine for 12 turnovers – 3 interceptions by QB Randal Cunningham and 6 by QB Tom Tupa
1988  Injured Dodger Kurt Gibson hits a HR with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th to give the Dodgers a 5-4 win in game 1 of the World Series
1986  NY Mets advance to the World Series by beating Houston 7-6 in 16 innings – longest postseason game in MLB history
1983  Columbia beats Yale 21-18 in football – Columbia will lose their next 44 games
1975  Luis Tiant of the Red Sox throws 163 pitches to beat Cincinnati 5-4 in the World Series
1971  Julius Erving makes his debut with Virginia of the ABA
1969  Orioles Earl Weaver is the first manager to be ejected from a World Series game since 1935
1966  Bill Russell becomes the NBA’s first black coach – will be player/coach of the Boston Celtics
1965  Rick Barry makes his NBA debut with the San Francisco Warriors – they win 122-115
1923  The New York Yankees win their first World Series

Friday, October 14, 2011

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY OCTOBER 14

2007  New England Patriots beat Dallas 48-27, Tom Brady throws for 388 yards and 5 TDs – Dallas had 100 yards in penalties
2003  Florida, losing 3-0 with one out in the bottom of the 8th, score 3 runs and will beat the Cubs to win game 7 of NLCS – Cub fan Bartman will forever live in infamy for his actions in game 6
2000  NYY Roger Clemens records 15 strikeouts in World Series game – a record
1996  Atlanta beats St. Louis 14-0 with playoff record 22 hits
1990  Joe Montana throws for 6 TDs vs. Atlanta in a 45-35 win – Jerry Rice caught 5 of them for 225 yards
1985  NY Jets retire Joe Namath’s #12
1984  Detroit Tigers win the World Series – their 1st one since 1968
1984  Sparky Anderson becomes the 1st manager to win 100 games in a season and a World Series in both leagues – 104 wins with Detroit this year and 100+ wins 3 times with the Reds
1979  Wayne Gretzky scores his 1st NHL goal
1973  NY Mets win game 2 of the World Series – Willie Mays gets the last MLB hit of his career
1972  Gene Tenace of the A’s is the first player in World Series history to hit a HR in his first 2 at bats
1971  Roberto Clemente hits safely in his 12th straight World Series game
1970  Bob Lanier makes his NBA debut with the Detroit Pistons
1970  Nate Archibald makes his NBA debut with the Cincinnati Royals
1965  Sandy Koufax beats the Twins 2-0 on a 3 hitter to win the World Series for the Dodgers – his 3rd win of the Series
1964  Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle hit back to back HRs as NYY beat St. Louis 8-3  to even the series
1962  Houston Oilers beat NY Titans in the AFL as George Blanda throws 6 TDs
1927  Walter Johnson retires – won 417 career games and had a 2.17 ERA in 21 seasons, career 3,509 strikeouts – was 36-7 with a 1.14 ERA in 1913 and had 12 seasons with 20 or more wins
1908  Only 6,210 fans see the Cubs beat the Tigers in the World Series – smallest attendance in series history

Thursday, October 13, 2011

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY OCTOBER 13

2006  Oakland’s Mark Kiger makes his MLB debut as a defensive replacement – 1st MLB player to make his debut in the postseason – his final game is tomorrow – never got to bat in his 2 game career
2002  Adam Kennedy of Angels hits 3 HRs and has 7 RBI as Anaheim wins its first pennant ever
2000  NYY Mariano Rivera pitches a scoreless inning – his 33 1/3rd consecutive one – postseason record
1999  John Smoltz gets a save – the first relief appearance of his career as Atlanta beats Mets 4-3 in NLCS
1996  Nick Lowrey breaks Jan Stenerud’s NFL field goal record with his 374th
1978  Ron Guidry gets a complete game win as NYY beat Dodgers 5-1 in game 1 of World Series – he had a 25-3 record with a 1.74 ERA during the season
1971  68th World Series – first night game in series history
1970  Calvin Murphy makes his NBA debut with the San Diego Rockets
1970  Dave Cowens makes his NBA debut with the Boston Celtics – lose to Knicks
1960  Pirates’s Mazeroski’s bottom of the 9th HR beats the NYY in game 7 of the World Series – 1st time in World Series play that a game had ended with a HR – also only game in World Series history where a strikeout was not recorded by either team

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY OCTOBER 12

2003  Willie Shoemaker died – won 8,833 races – 1st jockey to win $100 million in purses
2001  Braves beat Houston 6-2 to advance to NLCS for 9th time in 10 years
1999  Wilt Chamberlain died – had 31,419 points, averages 30.1 points per game and 22.9 rebounds – career 54% field goal shooter
1997  Livan Hernandez of Florida beats Atlanta on 3 hits 2-1 in game 5 of NLCS – had 15 strikeouts
1993  Dave Stewart of Oakland beat Blue Jays 6-2 – his ALCS record is a perfect 8-0
1988  Orel Hershiser beats NY Mets 6-0 on 5 hits in game 7 of NLCS to advance to the World Series
1986  California Angels within one pitch of a pennant win, lose to the Red Sox
1984  Padres pitchers issue 11 walks in a World Series game – ties record
1983  Rookie Mike Boddicker of Baltimore pitches a 3 hitter to beat Philadelphia 4-1 in game 2 of the World Series
1980  Philadelphia wins its 1st NL title in 30 years
1979  Magic Johnson makes his NBA debut – Lakers win 103-102
1972  In a win for the A’s, Reggie Jackson steals home, but is injured and will miss the World Series
1967  St. Louis wins the World Series – Bob Gibson had 3 wins and Lou Brock stole 7 bases (record)
1948  Casey Stengel named manager of the NYY
1923  NY Giants Casey Stengel’s HR beats the NYY 1-0 in the World Series