Thursday, February 28, 2013

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TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY MARCH 1

2008  In women’s college basketball, Fordham loses to George Washington 66-27 – set NCAA record with 0-29 season
1998  Pat Riley gets his 900th career coaching win
1996  Lenny Wilkins becomes the first coach in NBA history to win 1,000 games
1988  Wayne Gretzky passes Gordie Howe with his 1,050th NHL Assist
1986  NY Knicks retire #15 – Earl “The Pearl” Monroe
1981  Calvin Murphy misses a free throw – ended his 78 consecutive streak
1978  John Drew of Atlanta sets a NBA record with 14 turnovers vs. New Jersey
1969  Mickey Mantle announces his retirement - .298 average, 536 HRs, 1,509 RBI, 3 time MVP, 16 time All-Star
1954  Ted Williams fractures his collarbone in the 1st game of spring training
1949  Joe Louis retires as heavyweight champion

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY FEBRUARY 28

1987  Chick Hearn calls his 2,000th consecutive LA Lakers game
1981  Calvin Murphy sets NBA record with 78 consecutive free throws made
1973  Eric Lindros born – 372 goals, 493 assists
1971  Jack Nicklaus wins 53rd PGA Championship – the 2nd Grand Slam of his career
1967  Wilt Chamberlain misses his first field goal in 4 games – had made 35 consecutive
1966  Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale begin a joint holdout against the Dodgers
1957  Jockey Johnny Longden wins his 5,000th race
1940  1st televised basketball game – Fordham vs. University of Pittsburgh
1940  Auto racer Mario Andretti born

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY FEBRUARY 27

2002  Sale of the Boston Red Sox to a group that was headed by John Henry becomes official
1998  Indiana beats Portland 124-59 – the 65 point differential is the second highest in NBA history – Cleveland beat Miami by 68 in 1991
1982  Dan Issel hits his 63rd consecutive free throw
1961  NBA Hall of Famer James Worthy was born
1959  Boston beats Minnesota 173-139 – the 173 points is still the most in a non OT game – Bob Cousy set then NBA record with 28 assists – his 19 assists in the 1st half is still a record
1955  Celtics beat Milwaukee 62-57 – fewest points combined since inception of the 24 second clock
1935  Babe Ruth signs with the Boston Braves to be  a player, a coach, and team Vice President

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY FEBRUARY 26

1987  Washington blocks 20 Indiana shots to tie a NBA regulation game record- Manute Bol had 15 of them
1987  Michael Jordan scores 58 points on 16 for 25 shooting and made 26 of 27 free throws to set a Chicago franchise record
1985  Philadelphia’s Juius Erving passes Elvin Hayes (27,313) to become 3rd all time leading basketball scorer
1981  84 penalties, total of 406 minutes assessed for a brawl in a NHL game between Minnesota and Boston – 1st period took 90 minutes as 341 penalty minutes were assessed and 12 players ejected
1969  Carl Yastrzemski signs a $130,000 deal
1962  Wilt Chamberlain scores 67 vs. NY Knicks
1935  Babe Ruth is released by NYY to sign with the Boston Braves
1887  Grover Cleveland Alexander born – in his MLB career he won 373 games, 2.56 ERA, 437 complete games and won 30 or more in 1915,1916, and 1917

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY FEBRUARY 25

2009  Jim Calhoun of Connecticut wins his 800th coaching game
1999  Indiana’s Reggie Miller becomes the first NBA player to attempt 4,000 three point field goals
1994  Jersey Joe Walcott died – heavyweight boxing champion
1989  Dallas Cowboys fire 29 year veteran Tom Landry – Jerry Jones bought the team and hired Jimmy Johnson
1977  New Orleans Pete Maravich scores a career high 68 points
1972  St. Louis trades Steve Carlton to Philadelphia – will win 4 Cy Young awards with the team including 1972 when he was 27-10 1.97 ERA – the team only won 59 games that season
1964  Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) beats Sonny Liston in seven rounds to win the heavyweight championship                                                    
1961  In college basketball, Niagara ends St. Bonaventure’s 99 game home winning streak
1940  The first time a NHL game was televised – Rangers vs. Canadians – one camera in a fixed position
1933  Tom Yawkey buys the Boston Red Sox

Saturday, February 23, 2013

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TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY FEBRUARY 24

1990  Tony Conigliaro died at age 45 – youngest AL player to hit 100 HRs
1987  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores his 1st and only 3 point field goal
1985  Jim Kelly of Houston of the USFL passes for 574 yards
1982  Wayne Gretzky scores a NHL record 77th goal – ended with 92
1980  The U.S. hockey team beats Finland to win the gold medal at the Olympics
1978  Kevin Porter of the NJ Nets sets a NBA record with 29 assists in the game – lasted until 12/30/1990 when Scott Skiles got 30
1977  Floyd Mayweather was born
1967  Wilt Chamberlain goes 18 for 18 in field goals – record for field goals in a game without a miss
1956  Eddie Murray born – MLB career .287 average, 504 HRs, 1,917 RBI

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY FEBRUARY 23

1993  John Stockton gets his 8,000th assist – 4th to do so – Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, and Isiah Thomas
1992  Hakeem Olajuwon gets his 2,000th block – only 5 others had done so – ends career with 3,830
1991  North Carolina is the first NCAA team to win 1,500 games
1988  Chicago alderman vote to allow Cubs to install lights
1987  Nate McMillan hands out 25 assists – ties rookie record (Ernie DiGregorio)
1986  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar plays in his 1,304th games and passes Elvin Hayes to become #1 – will play 1,560 – Robert Parish will play 1,611
1985  Bobby Knight throws a chair onto the floor during a basketball game
1980  Eric Heiden wins all 5 speed skating gold medals at the Olympics in Lake Placid, NY
1934  Casey Stengell becomes manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers