This Day in History

December 30

1981 – Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record of 50 goals by 39th game of season.

Today’s notable birthdays: Sandy Koufax, MLB (1935); Ben Johnson, sprinter (1961); Kerry Collins, NFL (1972); Tiger Woods, golf (1975); A.J. Pierzynski, MLB (1976); Laila Ali, boxer (1977); Grant Balfour, MLB (1977); Kenyon Martin, NBA (1977); LeBron James, NBA (1984).

Today’s notable death: Sonny Liston, boxer (1970).

December 29

1933 – Yankees refuses to release Babe Ruth so he can manage the Cincinnati Reds.

1965 – CBS purchases NFL TV rights for 1966-68 at $18.8 million per year.

1969 – NY Times reports Curt Flood will sue baseball & challenge the reserve clause.

1989 – Wayne Gretzky & Martina Navratilova, named athletes of decade by AP.

Today’s notable birthdays: Ray Nitschke, NFL (1936); Laffit Pincay Jr, jockey (1946); Devon White, MLB (1962); Jay Fiedler, NFL (1971); Richie Sexson, MLB (1974); Jaret Wright, MLB (1975).

December 28

1905 – Intercollegiate Athletic Association of US founded (becomes NCAA in 1910).

1958 – What might be called greatest NFL game, Colts beat Giants 23-17.

2008 – The Detroit Lions finished the season 0-16 with a 31-21 lost to the Green Bay PackersThe first time in National Football League history that a team went winless in a 16-game season.

Today’s notable birthdays: Terry Sawchuk, NHL (1929); Ray Knight, MLB (1952); Ray Borque, NHL (1960); James Trapp, NFL (1969); James Jett, NFL (1970); Benny Agbayani, MLB (1971); Adam Vinatieri, NFL (1972); Rob Niedermayer, NHL (1974); James Blake, tennis (1979); Bill Hall, MLB (1979);

December 27

1980 – Calvin Murphy (Rockets) begins longest NBA free throw streak of 78.

1981 – Oiler Wayne Gretzky becomes fastest NHLer to get 100 pts (38th game).

1987 – Steve Largent sets all-time NFL record for career catches when he catches his 752nd pass.

1991 – Bengals hire Dave Shula as youngest NFL coach (32).

Today’s notable birthdays: Andre Tippett, NFL (1959); Jim Leyritz, MLB (1963); Dean Palmer, MLB (1968); Lorenzo Neal, NFL (1970); James Stewart, NFL (1971); Carson Palmer, NFL (1979); Cole Hamels, MLB (1983).

Today’s notable deaths: Ivan Calderon, MLB (2003).

December 26

1908 – Jack Johnson TKOs Tommy Burns in 14 forHeavyweight boxing title, becomes 1st black heavyweight champion.

1917 – 1st NHL defensemen to score a goal: Toronto Maple Leaf Harry Cameron.

1919 – Yankees & Red Sox reach agreement on transfer of Babe Ruth.

1991 – Chuck Knoll retires as NFL coach after 23 years.

Today’s notable birthdays: Carlton Fisk, MLB (1947); Chris Chambliss, MLB (1948); Ozzie Smith, MLB (1954); Tim Legler, NBA (1966); Willie Williams, NFL (1970).

Today’s notable deaths: Reggie White, NFL (2004); Stu Nahan, sportscaster (2007).

December 25

Today’s notable birthdays: Nellie Fox, MLB (1927); Ken Stabler, NFL (1945); Larry Csonka, NFL (1946); Gene Lamont, MLB (1946); Manny Trillo, MLB (1950); Rickey Henderson, MLB (1958); Storm Davis, MLB (1961); Hideki Okajima, MLB (1975); Marcus Trufant, NFL (1980); Eric Gordon, NBA (1988).

Today’s notable death: Billy Martin, MLB (1989).

December 24

1950 – Cleveland Browns win NFL Championship, beat LA 30-28.

1982 – Chaminade, with a student body of only 850 students, beats #1 ranked Virginia 77-72 in a Honolulu holiday basketball classic.

Today’s notable birthdays: Paul Tagliabue, NFL commissioner (1940); Winston Moss, NFL (1965).

Today’s notable death: Johnny Oates, MLB (2004).

December 23

1972 – Franco Harris’ “Immaculate Reception” turns around a 7-6 Steelers defeat with a last second touchdown reception against Raiders to win 13-7.

1997 – Chicago Bull coach Phil Jackson is quickest to reach 500 wins (682 games).

Today’s notable birthdays: Paul Hornung, NFL (1935); Bobby Ross, NFL coach (1936); Jim Harbaugh, NFL (1963); Greg Biffle, NASCAR (1969); Steve Strenstrom, NFL (1971); Tony Graziani, NFL (1973); Brad Lidge, MLB (1976); Victor Martinez, MLB (1978); Cody Ross, MLB (1980); Hanley Ramirez, MLB (1983).

December 22

1969 – Pete Marovich sets NCAA single-game record of hitting 30 of 31 foul shots.

1996 – Steelers’ Kordell Stewart runs quarterback record 80 yds for TD.

Today’s notable birthdays: Connie Mack, MLB (1862); Matty Alou, MLB (1938); Steve Carlton, MLB (1944); Steve Garvey, MLB (1948); Lonnie Smith, MLB (1955);

December 21

1941 – Chicago Bears Ray McLean makes last NFL drop kick for an extra point.

1951 – Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement.

1959 – Tom Landry accepts coaching job withDallas Cowboys (stays until 1988).

1969 – Vince Lombardi (Redskins) coaches his last football game, losing.

1997 – Detroit Lions Barry Sanders is 3rd to run for 2,000 yards in a season.

Today’s notable birthdays: Josh Gibson, Negro Leagues, (1911); Joe Paterno, NCAA (1924); Dave Kingman, MLB (1948); Joaquin Andujar, MLB (1952); Chris Evert, tennis (1954); Tom Henke, MLB (1957); Florence Griffith Joyner, track (1959); Andy Van Slyke, MLB (1960); Roger McDowell, MLB (1960); Ervin Johnson, NBA (1967); Chuck Smith, NFL (1969); Latroy Hawkins, MLB (1972); Mike Alstott, NFL (1973).

December 20

1966 – NBA awards Seattle SuperSonics a franchise for 1967-68 season.

1980 – NBC broadcasts NY Jets’ 24-17 win over Dolphins without audio.

1981 – Doug Small (Winnipeg Jets) ties NHL record scoring at 5 second mark.

1983 – Guy Lafleur, Montreal, became 10th NHLer to score 500 goals.

1985 – Denis Potvin passes Bobby Orr as NHL defenseman scorer (916 points).

1985 – Sportscaster Howard Cosell retires from television sports after 20 years with ABC.

1991 – NHL grants permanent membership to Tampa Lightning & Ottawa Senators.

Today’s notable birthdays: Branch Rickey, Dodgers GM, (1881); Cecil Cooper, MLB (1949); Nate Newton, NFL (1961); Aubrey Huff, MLB (1976); David DeJesus, MLB (1979); Roy Williams, NFL (1981); David Wright, MLB (1982).

December 19

1984 – Scotty Bowman becomes NHL’s all time winningest coach.

1984 – Wayne Gretzky, 23, is 18th & youngest NHL-er to score 1,000 points.

1991 – NY Yankee pitcher Steve Howe arrested for cocaine possession.

Today’s notable birthdays: Ford C. Frick, MLB commissioner (1894); Bobby Layne, NFL (1926); Al Kaline, MLB (1934); Kevin McHale, NBA (1957); Reggie White, NFL (1961); Arvydas Sabonis, NBA (1964); Mike Fetters, MLB (1964); Santana Dotson, NFL (1969); Warren Sapp, NFL (1972); Jake Plummer, NFL (1974); Ian Kennedy, MLB (1984).

Today’s notable death: Dock Ellis, MLB (2008).

December 18

1959 – Sammy Baugh named 1st coach of NY Titans (AFL).

1977 – Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 42, Nate Thumond.

Today’s notable birthdays: Ty Cobb, MLB (1886); Moose Skowron, MLB (1930); Charles Oakley, NBA (1963); Don Beebe, NFL (1964); Dan McGwire, NFL (1967); Joe Randa, MLB (1969); Lucious Harris, NBA (1970); Peter Boulware, NFL (1974).

Today’s notable deaths: Bobby Jones, golf (1971).

December 17

1988 – Bryan Murray becomes 17th NHL coach to win 300 games (Washington Capitals).

1991 – Cleveland Cavaliers beat Miami Heat 148-80, by record 68 pts.

Today’s notable birthdays: Cal Ripken Sr., MLB (1935); Bob Ojeda, MLB (1957); Tyrone Braxton, NFL (1964); Vincent Damphousse, NHL (1967); Curtis Pride, MLB (1968); Takeo Spikes, NFL (1976); Manny Pacquiao, boxer (1978); Chase Utley, MLB (1978).

Today’s notable deaths: Otto Graham, NFL (2003); Larry Sherry, MLB (2006); Sammy Baugh, NFL (2008); Chris Henry, NFL (2009).

December 16

1940 – Joe Louis KOs Al McCoy in 6 forHeavyweight boxing title in Chicago.

1945 – Cleveland Rams win NFL Championship.

1962 – NY Giant YA Title sets NFL season touchdown pass record at 33 with 6 touchdowns vs Dallas (41-31).

1972 – Miami Dolphins become 1st undefeated NFL team (14-0-0).

1973 – O J Simpson becomes 1st NFLer to rush 2,000 yard in a season.

1991 – Florida Marlins sign their 1st player, 16 year old pitcher Clemente Nunez.

Today’s notable birthdays: Bart Oates, NFL (1958); William “The Refrigerator” Perry, NFL (1962); Billy Ripken, MLB (1964); Clifford Robinson, NBA (1966).

December 15

1925 – 1st hockey game at Madison Sq Garden, Montreal Candiens 3, NY Americans 1.

1965 – William Eckert replaces Ford Frick as 4th commissioner of baseball.

1980 – NY Yankee Dave Winfield becomes highest-paid player, 10 years $15M.

1997 – SF 49ers retire Joe Montana’s #16.

Today’s notable birthdays: Nick Buoniconti, NFL (1940); Art Howe, MLB (1946); David Wingate, NBA (1963); Carlton Bailey, NFL (1964); Mo Vaughn, MLB (1967); Rodney Harrison, NFL (1972); Aaron Miles, MLB (1976).

Today’s notable death: Darrell Russell, NFL (2005).

December 14

1915 – Jack Johnson is 1st black worldHeavyweight boxing champion.

1980 – New Orleans Saints end 14 game losing streak, beat NY Jets 21-20.

1988 – NBA’s Miami Heat wins 1st game ever, 89-88 (Clippers), after 17 loses.

1992 – Lennox Lewis given WBC title, when Riddick Bowe refused to fight him,

1997 – Phoenix Coyote Mike Gartner is 5th NHLer to score 700 goals.

Today’s notable birthdays: Bill Buckner, MLB (1949); Craig Biggio, MLB (1965); Ken Hill, MLB (1965); Anthony Mason, NBA (1966); Eldridge Recasner, NBA (1967); Billy Koch, MLB (1974); Shawn Marcum, MLB (1981).

Today’s notable deaths: Elston Howard, MLB (1980); Roger Maris, MLB (1985).

December 13

1956 – Dodgers trade Jackie Robinson to Giants for pitcher Dick Littlefield & $35,000 Robinson retires.

1983 – 9,655 see highest-scoring NBA game: Detroit 186, Denver 184 (3 OT).

2007 – The Mitchell Report is publicly released listing the names of 89 Major League Baseball Players that have presumably used anabolic steroids and human growth hormones.

Today’s notable birthdays: Larry Doby, MLB (1924); Carl Erskine, MLB (1926); Ferguson Jenkins, MLB (1943); Richard Dent, NFL (1960); Mike Mordecai, MLB (1967); Sergei Federov, NHL (1969); Matt LeCroy, MLB (1965).

Today’s notable death: Lamarr Hunt, NFL owner (2006).

December 12

1930 – Baseball changes rule, ball bounces into stands not a HR, now a double.

1965 – Gale Sayers of Chicago Bears scores 6 TDs, ties NFL record.

1968 – Arthur Ashe becomes 1st black player to be ranked #1 in tennis.

1981 – Wayne Gretzky scores quickest 50th goal (game 39).

1995 – NBA referees return to work after striking.

Today’s notable birthdays: Haywood Jeffries, NFL (1964); John Randle, NFL (1967); Orlando Brown, NFL (1970); Orlando Hudson, MLB (1977); Nate Clements, NFL (1979).

December 11

1934 – NL votes to permit night baseball (up to 7 games per home team).

1951 – Joe DiMaggio announces his baseball retirement.

1981 – Muhammad Ali’s 61st & last fight, losing to Trevor Berbick.

1989 – Mark Davis signs record $3.25 million per year KC Royals contract.

2009 – Tiger Woods announced an indefinite leave from professional golf to focus on his marriage.

Today’s notable birthdays: Jay Bell, MLB (1965); Derek Bell, MLB (1968); Erricht Rhett, NFL (1970); Willie McGinest, NFL (1971); Shareef Abdur-Rahim, NBA (1976).

December 10

1896 – 1st intercollegiate basketball game (Wesleyan beats Yale 4-3).

1968 – Joe Frazier beats Oscar Bonavena in 15 for Heavyweight boxing title.

1983 – Last NFL game at Shea Stadium; Steelers beat NY Jets 34-7.

Today’s notable birthdays: Mark Aguirre, NBA (1959); Luis Polonia, MLB (1964); Rob Blake, NHL (1969).

Today’s notable deaths: Walter Johnson, MLB (1946); Adolph Rupp, basketball (1977).

December 9

1926 – USGA leagalizes steel shaft golf clubs.

1931 – Baseball cuts squad from 25 to 23 players & NL continues to prohibit uniform numbers.

1949 – NFL merges Cleveland Browns, SF 49ers & Baltimore Colts from AAFC.

1984 – LA Ram Eric Dickerson rushes 215 yards for season record 2,003 yards.

1990 – NFL NY Giant Otis Anderson becomes 8th to rush for 10,000th yard.

Today’s notable birthdays: Al Kaline, MLB (1934); Deacon Jones, NFL (1938); Dick Butkus, NFL (1942); World B Free, NBA (1953); Juan Samuel, MLB (1960); Ray Agnew, NFL (1967); Brent Price, NBA (1968); Chris Bonoil, NFL (1971); Petr Nedved, NHL (1971); Shayne Graham, NFL (1977).

Today’s notable deaths: Branch Rickey, MLB (1965).

December 8

1940 – 1st NFL Championship on national radio; Bears beat Redskins 73-0.

1960 – Expansion LA Angels sign a 4 year lease to use Dodger Stadium.

1961 – Wilt Chamberlain scores the 2nd highest total in the NBA – 78.

1987 – Flyers’ Ron Hextall becomes 1st goalie to actually score a goal.

1994 – Darryl Strawberry indicted on tax evasion charges.

Today’s notable birthdays: Jeff George, NFL (1967); Mike Mussina, MLB (1968); Kevin Harvick, NASCAR (1975); Vernon Wells, MLB (1978); Philip Rivers, NFL (1981); Dwight Howard, NBA (1985).

Today’s notable deaths: Tris Speaker, MLB (1958); Jose Uribe, MLB (2006).

December 7

1937 – Red Sox acquire the contract of 19-year-old Ted Williams.

1939 – Lou Gehrig, 36, is elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

1988 – Rangers sign free-agent pitcher Nolan Ryan to a one-year contract.

1995 – NBA settles strike of referees, refs to return on Dec 12.

Today’s notable birthdays: Johnny Bench, MLB (1947); Larry Bird, NBA (1956); Tino Martinez, MLB (1967); Ricky Ervins, NFL (1968); Terrell Owens, NFL (1973); Alan Faneca, NFL (1976); Fernando Vargas, boxer (1977); Fausto Carmona, MLB (1983).

Today’s notable death: Lefty O’Doul, MLB (1969).

December 6

1960 – AL grants Gene Autry a franchise, LA Angels.

1968 – Baseball dismisses Commissioner William Eckert after 3 years.

1973 – NL votes to move San Diego Padres to Washington DC (doesn’t happen).

1988 – Milwaukee Bucks win their 1,000th NBA game (2nd fastest).

1988 – Agnes Neil Williams purchases Baltimore Orioles for $70 million Eli Jacobs becomes CEO of Orioles.

1992 – SF 49er Jerry Rice catches NFL record 101st touchdown.

Today’s notable birthdays: Tony Lazzeri, MLB (1903); Otto Graham, NFL (1921); Larry Bowa, MLB (1945); Kevin Appier, MLB (1967); Matt Maloney, NBA (1971); Jose Contreras, MLB (1971); Robbie Gould, NFL (1982).

Today’s notable deaths: Honus Wagner, MLB (1955); Pete Rozelle, NFL commissioner (1996).

December 5

1947 – Joe Louis beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for Heavyweight boxing title.

1973 – Cubs’ Ron Santo became 1st baseball player to veto his trade.

1978 – Free agent Pete Rose signs 4-year, $32 million contract with Phillies; becomes highest-paid baseball player.

1996 – Portland’s Jermaine O’Neal, 18, becomes youngest NBA player.

Today’s notable birthdays: Jim Plunkett, NFL (1947); Art Monk, NFL (1957); Eddy Curry, NBA (1982).

Today’s notable death: Roone Arledge, broadcasting pioneer (2002).

December 4

1943 – Commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis announces any baseball club may sign Negroes.

1964 – Baseball approves a free-agent draft.

1964 – Commissioner’s office given full powers in baseball disputes.

1979 – Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 7, Bingo Smith.

1997 – NBA suspends Latrell Sprewell for 1 year for attacking his coach.

Today’s notable birthdays: Harvey Kuenn, MLB (1930); Bernard King, NBA (1956); Lee Smith, MLB (1957); Frank Reich, NFL (1961); Terry Glenn, NFL (1969); Jeff Blake, NFL (1970); Howard Eisley, NBA (1972); Corliss Williamson, NBA (1973);

December 3

1933 – Connie Mack sells Mickey Cochrane to Detroit Tigers for $100,000.

1950 – Cleveland Browns last NFL team with no-pass game (beat Phila 13-7).

1956 – Wilt Chamberlain’s 1st collegiate basketball game (scores 52).

1997 – Golden State Warrior guard Latrell Sprewell, four-year, $32 million, contract terminated for attacking his coach P J Carlesimo.

Today’s notable birthdays: Rick Mears, Indy car racer (1951); Darryl Hamilton, MLB (1964); Katarina Witt, ice skater (1965); Kwamie Lassiter, NFL (1969); Paul Byrd, MLB (1970).

December 2

1951 – Philadelphia sets NFL record of 25 1st-downs rushing.

1987 – “334” club forms as 334 brave Devil fans journey through 20″ of snow to attend NJ Devils 7-5 victory over Calgary at Meadowlands.

1991 – Bobby Bonilla signs record $29 million-5 year pact with NY Mets.

1993 – Houston Rockets tie NBA record of 15-0 start.

Today’s notable birthdays: Willie Brown, NFL (1940); Brian Habib, NFL (1964); Darryl Kile, MLB (1968); OJ McDuffie, NFL (1969); Zack Crockett, NFL (1972); Monica Seles, tennis (1973); Jan Ullrich, cycling (1973); Mark Kotsay, MLB (1975); Jason Collins, NBA (1978); Jarron Collins, NBA (1978); Aaron Rodgers, NFL (1983).

December 1

1891 – James Naismith creates the game of basketball.

1930 – NHL drops 20 minute slashing-about-the-head penalty.

1964 – Houston Colt .45s change name to Astros.

1967 – Pacific Northwest Sports awarded AL expansion franchise (Seattle).

1967 – Wilt Chamberlain set NBA record of 22 free throws misses.

1973 – Jack Nicklaus becomes 1st golfer to earn $2M in a year.

1990 – NY Knicks Patrick Ewing scores 50 points beating Charlotte 113-96.

Today’s notable birthdays: Walter Alston, MLB (1911); Lee Trevino, golf (1939); George Foster, MLB (1948); Steve Walsh, NFL (1968); Todd Steussie, NFL (1970).

Today’s notable deaths: Nellie Fox, MLB (1975).

November 30

1948 – Baseball’s Negro National League disbands.

1952 – Jackie Robinson charges NY Yankees with racism.

1986 – Ivan Lendl is 1st tennis player to earn over $10 million, lifetime.

1993 – NFL announces 30th franchise – Jacksonville Jaguars.

Today’s notable birthdays: Bill Walsh, NFL (1931); Paul Westphal, NBA (1950); Bob Tewksbury, MLB (1960); Bo Jackson, NFL/MLB (1962); Larry Brown, NFL (1969); Ivan Rodriguez, MLB (1971); Ray Durham, MLB (1971); Marcellus Wiley, NFL (1974); Rich Harden, MLB (1981);

November 29

1934 – Chicago Bears beat Detroit (19-16) in 1st NFL game broadcast nationally.

1957 – NY Mayor Robert Wagner forms a committee to replace Dodgers & Giants.

1962 – Baseball decides to revert back to 1 all star game per year.

1966 – 1st NBA game at Oakland Coliseum Arena – Warriors beat Bulls 108-101.

1987 – Joe Montana of 49ers completes NFL record 22 consecutive passes.

1987 – New Orleans Saints win game, assures team of first winning season.

Today’s notable birthdays: Minnie Minoso, MLB (1922); Howard Johnson, MLB (1960); Dee Brown, NBA (1968); Pedro Martinez, MLB (1968); Mariano Rivera, MLB (1969); Kasey Keller, soccer (1969); Jamal Mashburn, NBA (1972); Larry Williams, NFL (1972); Shannon Brown, NBA (1985).

November 28

1981 – Bear Bryant wins his 315th game to out distance Alonzo Stagg & become College Football’s winningest coach.

1989 – Rickey Henderson signs record $3,000,000 per year Oak A’s contract.

Today’s notable birthdays: Sixto Lezcano, MLB (1953); Dave Righetti, MLB (1958); Ken Howell, MLB (1960); Walt Weiss, MLB (1963); Matt Williams, MLB (1965); Dale Carter, NFL (1969); Pedro Astcaio, MLB (1969); Robb Nen, MLB (1969); Freddie Mitchell, NFL (1978); Leandro Barbosa, NBA (1981); Andrew Bogut, NBA (1984).

November 27

1870 – NY Times dubs baseball “The National Game”.

1960 – Gordie Howe becomes 1st NHLer to score 1,000 points.

1961 – Gordie Howe becomes 1st to play in 1,000 NHL games.

1997 – Lions’ Barry Sanders becomes NFL’s 2nd all-time rusher.

Today’s notable birthdays: Chick Hearn, NBA broadcaster (1913); Mike Scioscia, MLB (1958); Ken O’Brien, NFL (1960); Larry Allen, NFL (1971); Nick Van Exel, NBA (1971); Martin Gramatica, NFL (1975); Jimmy Rollins, MLB (1978).

Today’s notable death: Sean Taylor, NFL (2007).

November 26

1961 – Pro Baseball Rules Committee votes 8-1 against legalizing the spitball.

1982 – Howard Cossell calls his last fight after being disgusted by Larry Holmes-Tex Cobb mismatch.

1995 – Dolphins QB Dan Marino sets NFL record with 343rd touchdown pass.

1997 – Washington Capitals final game at USAir Arena, retire Rod Langway’s #5.

Today’s notable birthdays: Lefty Gomez, MLB (1908); Jeff Torborg, MLB (1941); Bob Walk, MLB (1955); Jay Howell, MLB (1955); Dale Jarrett, NASCAR (1956); Harold Reynolds, MLB (1960); Mario Elie, NBA (1963); Jeff Jaegar, NFL (1964); Steve Lofton, NFL (1968); Shawn Kemp, NBA (1969); John Amaechi, NBA (1970).

Today’s notable deaths: James Naismith, basketball inventor (1939).

November 25

1941 – Lou Boudreau, 24, becomes Cleveland Indiansplayer/manager.

1961 – NBA’s Bob Cousy becomes 2nd player to score 15,000 points.

1980 – Sugar Ray Leonard defeats Roberto Duran regains WBC Welterweight championship.

Today’s notable birthdays: Joe DiMaggio, MLB (1914); Joe Gibbs, NFL coach (1940); Bucky Dent, MLB (1951); Bernie Kosar, NFL (1963); Cris Carter, NFL (1965); Mark Whiten, MLB (1966); Anthony Peeler, NBA (1969); Donovan McNabb, NFL (1976).

Today’s notable deaths: Kennesaw Mountain Landis, MLB commissioner (1944).

November 24

1957 – Cleveland Browns’ fullback Jim Brown sets club record of 237 yards rushing.

1960 – Wilt Chamberlain pulls down 55 rebounds in a game (NBA record).

1991 – After going 12-0, Washington Redskins lose to Dallas 24-21.

1991 – Monica Seles sets female tennis record winning $2,457,758 in a year.

Today’s notable birthdays: Joe Medwick, MLB (1911); Paul Tagliabue, NFL (1940); Randy Velarde, MLB (1962); Ben McDonald, MLB (1967); Dave Hansen, MLB (1968); Keith Primeau, NHL (1971).

Today’s notable deaths: Warren Spahn, MLB (2003); Abe Pollin, NBA owner (2009).

November 23

1943 – Phillies owner William D Cox is permanently banned from baseball for having bet on his own team.

1947 – Washington Redskin Sammy Baugh passes for 6 touchdowns vs Chicago Cards (45-21).

1988 – Wayne Gretzky scores his 600th NHL goal.

1991 – Evander Holyfield TKOs Bert Cooper in 7 for Heavyweight boxing title.

1991 – Sacramento Kings ends NBA’s longest road losing streak at 43 games.

1991 – Brigham Young Ty Detmer finishes NCAA career with record 4,031 yards passed in a season & 15,031 for career.

Today’s notable birthdays: Jack McKeon, MLB (1930); Oscar Robertson, NBA (1938); Luis Tiant, MLB (1940); Brook Jacoby, MLB (1959); Dale Sveum, MLB (1963); Vin Baker, NBA (1971); Malik Rose, NBA (1974); Saku Koivu, NHL (1974); Adam Eaton, NBA (1977); Jonathan Papelbon, MLB (1980).

Today’s notable deaths: Hack Wilson, MLB (1948); Bo Belinsky, MLB (2001); Joe Kennedy, MLB (2007).

November 22

1950 – 7,021 see lowest NBA score, Ft Wayne Pistons 19, Minneapolis Lakers 18.

1956 – Bill Sharman (Boston) begins NBA free throw streak of 55 games.

1961 – Frank Robinson is 1st to win MVPs in both league.

1965 – Muhammad Ali TKOs Floyd Patterson in 12 for Heavyweight boxing title.

1986 – Mike Tyson KOs Trevor Berbick in 2 for Heavyweight WBC boxing title.

1986 – Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton, became 13th NHLer to score 500 goals.

1989 – Kirby Pucket signs record $3,000,000 per year Minn Twins contract.

1991 – NY Knicks pay Patrick Ewing a record $18.8 million for 2 yr extension.

Today’s notable birthdays: Lew Burdette, MLB (1926); Billie Jean King, tennis (1943); Greg Luzinski, MLB (1950); Lyman Bostock, MLB (1950); Benoit Benjamin, NBA (1964); Eric Allen, NFL (1965); Boris Becker, tennis (1967); Jay Payton, MLB (1972); Joe Nathan, MLB (1974).

November 21

1934 – NY Yankees buy Joe DiMaggio from SF Seals (Pacific Coast League).

1971 – NY Rangers scores a NHL record 8 goals in 1 period.

Today’s notable birthdays: Sid Luckman, NFL (1916); Stan Musial, MLB (1920); Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, NBA (1944); Cedric Maxwell, NBA (1955); Olden Polynice, NBA (1964); Troy Aikman, NFL (1966); Ken Griffey Jr., MLB (1969); Stromile Swift, NBA (1979); Hank Blalock, MLB (1980).

Today’s notable deaths: Mel Ott, MLB (1958); Carl Hubbell, MLB (1988).

November 20

1969 – Pele scores his 1,000th soccer goal.

1977 – Steve Largent begins NFL streak of 177 consecutive game receptions.

1977 – Walter Payton (Bears) rushes for then-NFL record 275 yards.

1997 – Mavericks’ A C Green sets NBA record of 907 consecutive games played.

Today’s notable birthdays: Kennesaw Mountain Landis, MLB commissioner (1866); Mark Gastineau, NFL (1956); Chris Childs, NBA (1967); Joey Galloway, NFL (1971); J.D. Drew, MLB (1975); Carlos Boozer, NBA (1981).

November 19

1979 – Astros sign Nolan Ryan, to record 4 year, $4.5 million contract.

1984 – NY Met Dwight Gooden, 20, is youngest to be named NL Rookie of Year.

1996 – Albert Belle, signs record five-year, $55 million with White Sox.

Today’s notable birthdays: Roy Campanella, MLB (1921); Ted Turner, Braves owner (1938); Bob Boone, MLB (1947); Otis Anderson, NFL (1957); Kerri Strug, gymnast (1977); Ryan Howard, MLB (1979); Larry Johnson, NFL (1979).

November 18

1970 – Joe Frazier KOs Bob Foster in 2 forHeavyweight boxing title.

1987 – Cubs Andre Dawson is 1st from last-place club ever to win an MVP.

Today’s notable birthdays: Jack Tatum, NFL (1948); Warren Moon, NFL (1956); Jaime Moyer, MLB (1962); Dante Bichette, MLB (1963); Seth Joyner, NFL (1964); Tom Gordon, MLB (1967); Gary Sheffield, MLB (1968); Raghib Ismail, NFL (1969); Sam Cassell, NBA (1969).

Today’s notable death: Conn Smythe, NHL (1980).

November 17

1940 – Green Bay Packers become 1st NFL team to travel by plane.

1953 – St Louis Browns officially become the Baltimore Baseball Club Inc.

1981 – NBA NY Knick Bill Cartwright, ties record of 19 of 19 free throws.

1989 – Bret Saberhagen signs record $2,966,667 per year contract with KC Royals.

1991 – Detroit Lion Mike Utley is paralized in a game vs LA Rams.

1997 – Mario Lemieux enters NHL Hall of Fame.

Today’s notable birthdays: Tom Seaver, MLB (1944); Elvin Hayes, NBA (1945); Butch Davis, NFL coach (1951); Jeff Nelson, MLB (1966); Reggie Wayne, NFL (1978); Ryan Braun, MLB (1983); Nick Markakis, MLB (1983).

Today’s notable deaths: James J “Gene” Tunney, Heavyweight boxing champ (1978); Bo Schembechler, NCAA coach (2006); Pete Newell, NCAA coach (2008).

November 16

1926 – NY Rangers 1st game, beat Montreal Maroons 1-0.

1957 – Celtic Bill Russell sets NBA record of 49 rebounds beat Phila 111-89.

1957 – Oklahoma’s NCAA win streak ends at 47 after losing to Notre Dame 7-0.

1962 – Wilt Chamberlain of NBA SF Warriors scores 73 points vs NY Knicks.

1984 – Houston blocks 20 Denver shots tying NBA regulation game record.

1988 – Robin Givens sues Mike Tyson for $125 million for libel.

Today’s notable birthdays: Dwight Gooden, MLB (1964); Osi Umenyiora, NFL (1981); Amare Stoudemire, NBA (1982).

November 15

1960 – Elgin Baylor of NBA LA Lakers scores 71 points vs NY Knicks.

Today’s notable birthdays: Randy “Macho Man” Savage, WWF (1952); Pedro Borbon, MLB (1967); Lorena Ochoa, LPGA (1981).

Today’s notable death: Joe Nuxhall, MLB (2007).

November 14

1966 – Muhammad Ali TKOs Cleveland Williams in 3 for Heavyweight title.

1993 – Don Shula becomes winningest coach in NFL history.

Today’s notable birthdays: Jack Sikma, NBA (1955); Curt Schilling, MLB (1966); Kent Bottenfield, MLB (1968); David Wesley, NBA (1970); Lawyer Milloy, NFL (1973); Xavier Nady, MLB (1978); Kyle Orton, NFL (1982).

November 13

1964 – Bob Petit (St Louis Hawks) becomes 1st NBAer to score 20,000 points.

1979 – Willie Stargell & Keith Hernandez share NL MVP Award.

1982 –  A boxing match held in Las Vegas, Nevada ends when Ray Mancini defeats Duk Koo Kim. Kim’s death on November 17 led to significant changes in the sport.

1992 – Riddick Bowe beats Evander Holyfield in 12 for heavyweight boxing title.

Today’s notable birthdays: Buck O’Neill, Negro Leagues star (1911); Mel Stottlemyre, MLB (1941); Gilbert Perreault, NHL (1950); Vinny Testaverde, NFL (1963); Pat Hentgen, MLB (1968); Ron Artest, NBA (1979).

November 12

1920 – Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis elected 1st baseball commissioner.

1966 – Dodgers complete an 18-game tour of Japan with a 9-8-1 record.

1970 – Cleveland Cavaliers 1st NBA victory (11th game), beating Portland 105-103.

1992 – NY Yankee pitcher Steve Howe is reinstated for 8th time.

1995 – Dan Marino breaks Fran Tarkenton’s NFL all-time passing yardage mark of 47,003.

Today’s notable birthdays: Mills Lane, boxing referee (1936); Al Michaels, sportscaster (1945); Greg Gagne, MLB (1961); Michael Moorer, boxer (1967); Derek Bell, MLB (1968); Sammy Sosa, MLB (1968); Tonya Harding, ice skater (1970); Corey Maggette, NBA (1979).

November 11

1944 – NY Rangers set NHL record of 25 games without a win (0-21-4).

1946 – NY Knicks’ 1st game at Madison Sq Garden loses 78-68 to Chicago Stags.

1997 – Roger Clemens wins his 4th Cy Young award.

Today’s notable birthdays: Pie Traynor, MLB (1899); Fuzzy Zoeller, golf (1951); Steve Young, NFL (1961); Vinny Testaverde, NFL (1963); Bill Musgrave, NFL (1967); Jason Grilli, MLB (1976); Willie Parker, NFL (1980); Matt Garza, MLB (1983).

November 10

1957 – Cleveland Browns’ Don Paul sets club record for longest fumble return with a 89-yard run (and TD), beating Pittsburgh 24-0.

1963 – Gordie Howe takes over NHL career goal lead at 545.

1978 – Larry Holmes KOs Alfredo Evangelist in 7 for Heavyweight boxing title.

Today’s notable birthdays: Norm Cash, MLB (1934); Dan Hawkins, NCAA football coach (1960); Kenny Rogers, MLB (1964); Jamie Dixon, NCAA basketball coach (1965); Isaac Bruce, NFL (1972); Shawn Green, MLB (1972); Donte Stallworth, NFL (1980); Kendrick Perkins, NBA (1984).

November 9

1961 – PGA eliminates caucasians only rule.

1984 – Larry Holmes TKOs Bonecrusher Smith in 12 for Heavyweight boxing title.

Today’s notable birthdays: Whitey Herzog, MLB (1931); Bob Gibson, MLB (1935); Tony Phillips, MLB (1959); Stefan Edberg, tennis (1966); Adam Dunn, MLB (1979).

November 8

1970 – Tom Dempsey of New Orleans Saints kicks NFL record 63 yard field goal.

1988 – Arco Arena in Sacramento CA opens, Sac Kings lose to Seattle, 97-75.

1990 – Darryl Strawberry signs 5-year contract with LA Dodgers.

1997 – Tampa Bay Devil Rays name their 1st manager Larry Rothschild.

Today’s notable birthdays: Frank McGuire, basketball coach (1916); Bobby Bowden, NCAA coach (1929); Chuck Cecil, NFL (1964); Jeff Blauser, MLB (1965); Jose Offerman, MLB (1968); Qadry Ismail, NFL (1970); Brevin Knight, NBA (1975); Nick Punto, MLB (1977).

November 7

1963 – NY Yankee Elston Howard is 1st black ever voted AL MVP.

1991 – 1st NBA game in Delta City, Utah Jazz beats Seattle 103-95.

1991 – Magic Johnson announces he has HIV and retires from the Lakers.

1996 – NFL/Heisman Trophy Winner Mike Rozier, is shot several times.

Today’s notable birthdays: Jim Kaat, MLB (1938); Joe Niekro, MLB (1944); Billy Gillispie, NCAA coach (1959); Kris Benson, MLB (1974).

Today’s notable death: Johnny Sain, MLB (2006).

November 6

1956 – Holland & Spain withdraw from Olympics, protest Soviets in Hungary.

1976 – Former Twins relief ace Bill Campbell is 1st free-agent to sign with a new team, joining the Red Sox for $1 million over 4 years.

1981 – Larry Holmes TKOs Renaldo Snipes in 11 for Heavyweight boxing title.

1993 – Evander Holyfield beats Riddick Bowe in 12 for heavyweight boxing title.

1995 – Art Modell officially announces Cleveland Browns are moving to Baltimore.

Today’s notable birthdays: James Naismith, basketball inventor (1861); Walter Johnson, MLB (1887); Erik Krame, NFL (1964); Chad Curtis, MLB (1968); Pat Tillman, NFL (1976); Lamar Odom, NBA (1979).

November 5

1940 – Walter Johnson, won 416 games for Wash Senators, loses Maryland congressional race (R).

1967 – New Orleans Saints 1st NFL victory, beat Phila Eagles 31-24.

1978 – Oakland Raider’s John Madden becomes 13th coach to win 100 NFL games.

1995 – George Foreman beats Michael Moorer to win WBA/IBF boxing title.

Today’s notable birthdays: Bill Walton, NBA (1952); Javier Lopez, MLB (1970); Alexei Yashin, NHL (1973); Johnny Damon, MLB (1973); Jerry Stackhouse, NBA (1974).

November 4

1924 – California legalizes pro boxing (illegal since 1914).

1980 – Sadaharu Oh, 40, pro baseball’s all-time HR run king with 868, retires.

1987 – NBA announces 4 new franchises; Charlotte & Miami for 1988 & Minneapolis & Orlando for 1989.

Today’s notable birthdays: Tito Francona, MLB (1933); Eric Karros, MLB (1967); Carlos Baerga, MLB (1968); Lorenzen Wright, NBA (1975); Orlando Pace, NFL (1975); Vince Wilfork, NFL (1981); Devin Hester, NFL (1982).

Today’s notable death: Cy Young, MLB (1955).

November 3

1934 – Although Lou Gehrig wins Triple Crown, Mickey Cochrane wins AL MVP.

1942 – Despite Ted Williams wins Triple Crown, Yankees Joe Gordon wins AL MVP.

1962 – Wilt Chamberlain of SF Warriors scores 72 points vs LA Lakers.

Today’s notable birthdays: Larry Holmes, boxing (1949); Phil Simms, NFL (1955); Karch Kiraly, volleyball (1960); Paul Quantrill, MLB (1968).

November 2

1960 – Roger Maris nips Mickey Mantle as AL MVP, 225-222.

1974 – Braves trade Hank Aaron to Milwaukee Brewers for OF Dave May.

1988 – Mexican radio station erronously reports Mike Tyson dies in car crash.

Today’s notable birthdays: Johnny Vander Meer, MLB (1914); Willie McGee, MLB (1958).

November 1

1946 – Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck’s right foot is amputated.

1946 – NY Knicks 1st basketball game beat Toronto Huskies 68-66.

1959 – Jim Brown scores 5 TDs in Cleveland Browns 38-31 win over Baltimore.

1966 – NFL awards New Orleans its 16th franchise (All Saints Day).

1982 – Major League Baseball votes not to renew Commissioner Bowie Kuhn’s contract.

1987 – NY Jets retire Don Maynard’s #13.

1992 – NY Jet Al Toon becomes 10th NFL to catch a pass in 100 straight games.

Today’s notable birthdays: Fernando Valenzuela, MLB (1960); Tie Domi, NHL (1969); Coco Crisp, MLB (1979).

Today’s notable deaths: Man O’War, horse (1947).

October 31

1968 – Milwaukee Bucks win their 1st game beating Detroit 138-118 (6th game).

1993 – 25 people killed during Ghana-Ivory Coast soccer match.

Today’s notable birthdays: Carl Hubbard, MLB (1900); Nick Saban, football coach (1951); John Lucas, NBA (1953); Doc Rivers, NBA (1961); Fred McGriff, MLB (1963); Eddie Taubensee, MLB (1968); Antonio Davis, NBA (1968); Steve Trachsel, MLB (1970); David Dellucci, MLB (1973).

October 30

1919 – Baseball league presidents call for abolishment of spitball.

1945 – Branch Rickey signs Jackie Robinson to Montreal Royals.

1974 – California Angel Nolan Ryan throws fastest recorded pitch (100.9 MPH).

1974 – Muhammad Ali KOs George Foreman in 8th round in Kinshasa Zaire.

1993 – Toronto Maple Leafs lose 1st game of season after going 10-0-0.

Today’s notable birthdays: Bob Feller, MLB (1918); Roy Emerson, tennis (1936); Dave Valle, MLB (1960); Danny Tartabull, MLB (1962); Mark Portugal, MLB (1962); Ty Detmer, NFL (1967); Trent Edwards, NFL (1983).

October 29

1942 – Branch Rickey named president/GM of Brooklyn Dodgers.

1945 – Happy Chandler, resigns as US Senator, remains as baseball commish.

1960 – Muhammad Ali’s (Cassius Clay) 1st professional fight, beats Tunney Hunsaker in 6.

1986 – Padres pitcher LaMarr Hoyt is arrested at US-Mexico border for drugs.

1987 – Thomas Hearns wins unprecidented 4th different weight boxing title.

1989 – Ozzie Newsome ends NFL streak of 150 consecutive game receptions.

2008 – The Philadelphia Phillies defeat the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5 of the 2008 World Series to become champions of Major League Baseball.

Today’s notable birthdays: Dennis Potvin, NHL (1953); Jesse Barfield, MLB (1959); Marquez Pope, NFL (1970); R.A. Dickey, MLB (1974); Travis Henry, NFL (1978); Maurice Clarett, NFL (1983).

October 28

1953 – Red Barber, resigns as Dodger sportscaster to join Yankees; Vin Scully takes over lead duties.

1962 – NY Giant YA Tittle passes for 7 touchdowns vs Wash Redskins (49-34).

1970 – Cleveland Cavaliers play first-ever home game; lose to San Diego, 110-99.

1973 – Elmore Smith of Lakers blocks 17 shots in a game (NBA record).

1989 – Oakland A’s sweep SF Giants in earthquake series.

1997 – NBA announces hiring of Dee Kantner & Violet Palmer as 1st women to officiate a major-league all-male sports league.

Today’s notable birthdays: Bowie Kuhn, MLB commissioner (1926); Lenny Wilkins, NBA (1937); Bruce Jenner, decathlete (1949); Lenny Harris, MLB (1964); Mark Carrier, NFL (1965); Terrell Davis, NFL (1972); Jarrett Jack, NBA (1983).

Today’s notable deaths: Andujar Cedeno, MLB (2000); Red Auerbach, NBA (2006).

October 27

1985 – Controversial call keeps series alive the previous day, KC Royals beat St Louis Cards, 4 games to 3 in 82nd World Series.

1986 – NY Mets beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3 in 83rd World Series.

1991 – Minnesota Twins beat Altanta Braves 1-0 in 10 to win World Series in 7.

1992 – Don Baylor named first manager of expansion Colorado Rockies.

2002 – Anaheim Angels defeat San Francisco Giants for their first World Series title.

2004 – The Boston Red Sox win the World Series for the first time in 86 years.

Today’s notable birthdays: Ralph Kiner, MLB (1922); Dick Trickle, NASCAR (1941); John Kasay, NFL (1967); Brady Quinn, NFL (1984); Andrew Bynum, NBA (1987).

Today’s notable deaths: Joe Niekro, MLB (2006).

October 26

1951 – Rocky Marciano defeats Joe Louis at Madison Square Garden.

1985 – On a poor call at first base which would have ended the 6th game, umpire Don Deckinger starts a string of events costing Cardinals the World Series.

1988 – Donald Trump bills Mike Tyson $2,000,000 for 4 month advisory service.

1993 – NFL announces new expansion team, Carolina Panthers in Charlotte.

2000 – NY Yankees defeat NY Mets 4-1 to win their 3rd straight World Series championship.

Today’s notable birthdays: Bob Golic, NFL (1957); Mark Sweeney, MLB (1969); Jessie Armstead, NFL (1970); Sasha Cohen, ice skater (1984); Monta Ellis, NBA (1985).

October 25

1953 – Cleveland Browns’ QB Otto Grahamsets club record with 4 fumbles.

1956 – White Sox manager Marty Marion resigns. AL Lopez replaces him.

1978 – Padres Gaylord Perry is 1st to win Cy Young in both leagues (NL).

1986 – Trailing 5-3 with 2 out & no one on in bottom of 10th, the Mets rally to win Game 6 of theWorld Series, 6-5, when Bill Buckner misplays a ball.

1990 – Evander Holyfield KOs Buster Douglas in 3 for Heavyweight boxing title.

Today’s notable birthdays: Bobby Knight, NCAA coach (1940); Dan Issel, NBA (1948); Dave Cowens, NBA (1948); John Matuszak, NFL (1950); Mike Eruzione, Miracle on Ice team (1954); Danny Darwin, MLB (1955); Pat Swilling, NFL (1964).

Today’s notable deaths: Bobby Riggs, tennis (1995).

October 24

1940 – Japan eliminates US terms (strike, play ball) from baseball.

1964 – 18th Olympic games close at Tokyo, Japan.

1984 – Steffi Graf plays her 1st pro tennis match.

1989 – After a week’s delay due to earthquake, World Series game 3 is played.

2004 – 10 people, including 4 family members of Rick Hendrick, are killed in a plane crash near Martinsville Speedway. The plane was owned by NASCAR team Hendrick Motorsports.

Today’s notable birthdays: Y.A. Tittle, NFL (1926); Ron Gardenhire, MLB manager (1957); Rafael Belliard, MLB (1961); Jay Novacek, NFL (1962);  Arthur Rhodes, MLB (1969); Corey Dillon, NFL (1975); Wayne Rooney, soccer (1985).

Today’s notable death: Jackie Robinson, MLB (1972).

October 23

1920 – Chicago grand jury indicts Abe Attell, Hal Chase, & Bill Burns as go-betweens in Black Sox World Series scandal.

1921 – Green Bay Packers play 1st NFL game, 7-6 win over Minneapolis.

1945 – Jackie Robinson signs Montreal Royals contract.

1984 – Cubs Rick Sutcliffe, selected as a unanimous choice as NL Cy Young.

1993 – Joe Carter’s home run helps Toronto Blue Jays beat Philadelphia Phillies, 4 games to 2, in 89th World Series.

Today’s notable birthdays: Jim Bunning, MLB (1931); Chi Chi Rodriguez, golfer (1935); Pele, soccer (1940); Doug Flutie, NFL (1962); Mike Tomczak, NFL (1962); Al Leiter, MLB (1965); Keith Van Horn, NBA (1975).

October 22

1972 – Oakland A’s 1st championship; beat Reds, 4 games to 3 in World Series.

1976 – Rick Barry (SF), begins then longest NBA free throw streak of 60.

1985 – Bret Saberhagen gives KC Royals their 1st World Series win.

1996 – NY Yankee Bernie Williams hits record tying 7th post season HR, as Yanks tie record of 6th straight post season road win (en route to 8).

Today’s notable birthdays: Jimmie Foxx, MLB (1907); Leonard Marshall, NFL (1961); Brian Boitano, skater (1963); Ron Tugnutt, NHL (1967); Ichiro Suzuki, MLB (1973).

October 21

1964 – Braves ask NL to allow them to leave Milwaukee for Atlanta.

1973 – A’s manager Dick Williams quits after A’s beat Mets in World Series.

1975 – Red Sox Carlton Fisk’s 12th inning HR beats Reds 7-6 in Game 6 of World Series.

1976 – NY Knicks retire 1st number, # 19, Willis Reed.

1979 – Ozzie Newsome begins NFL streak of 150 consecutive games with a reception.

1980 – Phillies win their 1st World Championship in their 98-year history.

1990 – Esther Canseco calls Oakland A’s manager Tony La Russa a “punk” for not starting husband Jose in the World Series.

Today’s notable birthdays: Whitey Ford, MLB (1928); George Bell, MLB (1959); Lionel Washington, NFL (1960); Joey Harrington, NFL (1978); Khalil Greene, MLB (1979); Zack Greinke, MLB (1983).

October 20

1947 – Radio rights for the World Series sell for $475,000 for 3 years.

1963 – Jim Brown sets NFL single-season rushing record, 8,390 yards.

1976 – NY Nets Julius “Dr J” Erving sold to Philadelphia 76ers.

1981 – 1st NBA game at Meadowlands Arena, NJ Nets lose to NY Knicks 103-99.

1982 – St Louis Cards beat Mil Brewers, 4 games to 3 in 79th World Series.

1988 – LA Dodgers beat Oakland A’s in baseball’s 85th World Series 4 games to 1.

1988 – Reggie Rogers, Detroit Lion’s # 1 pick, kills 3 by driving intoxicated.

1990 – Cincinnati Reds sweep Oakland A’s in 86th World Series.

2004 – Boston Red Sox come back from 0-3 to defeat the New York Yankees 4-3 to win baseball’s American League.

Today’s notable birthdays: Mickey Mantle, MLB (1931); Roosevelt Brown, NFL (1932); Juan Marichal, MLB (1937); Keith Hernandez, MLB (1953); Dave Krieg, NFL (1958); Razor Ramon, wrestler (1959); Ray Childress, NFL (1962); Eddie Jones, NBA (1971); Dexter Coakley, NFL (1972); Willis McGahee, NFL (1981).

Today’s notable death: Max McGee, NFL (2007).

October 19

1919 – Reds beat White Sox, 5 games to 3 in 16th World Series. This series is known as the Black Sox scandal as eight Chicago players throw series.

1975 – Cleveland Browns’ Don Cockroft kicks club record 5 field goals.

1997 – Cleveland’s Sandy Alomar hits the World Series’ 700th career home run.

Today’s notable birthdays: Joe “Jelly Bean” Bryant, basketball player (1954); Lonnie Shelton, NBA (1955); Tim Belcher, MLB (1961); Evander Holyfield, boxer (1962); Webster Slaughter, NFL (1964); Michael Young, MLB (1976).

October 18

1967 – AL votes to allow Athletics to move from KC to Oakland & expand league to 12 teams in 1971 with KC & Seattle teams.

1974 – Chicago Bull Nate Thurmond becomes 1st in NBA to complete a quadruple double-22 pts, 14 rebounds, 13 assists & 12 blocks.

1977 – Reggie Jackson hits 3 consecutive homers tying Ruth’s World Series record.

Today’s notable birthdays: Mike Ditka, NFL (1939); Martina Navratilova, tennis (1956); Alex Cora, MLB (1975).

October 17

1974 – NBA New Orleans Jazz begin a 28 game road losing streak.

1974 – Oakland A’s beat LA Dodgers, 4 games to 1 in 71st World Series makes A’s only team other than Yanks to win 3 straight series.

1989 – Earthquake in SF (6.9) cancels 3rd game of World Series, kills 67.

Today’s notable birthdays: Jim Gilliam, MLB (1928); Danny Ferry, NBA (1966); John Mabry, MLB (1970); Joe McEwing, MLB (1972); John Rocker, MLB (1974).

October 16

1969 – 100-1 shot NY Mets beat Orioles 5-3 & win 66th World Series in 5.

1987 – Mike Tyson TKOs Tyrell Biggs in 7 for Heavyweight boxing title.

1991 – Dallas Mavericks Roy Tarpley becomes 7th to be banned from NBA for life under the league’s anti-drug agreement.

Today’s notable birthdays: Dave DeBusschere, NBA (1940); Tim McCarver, MLB (1941); Leo Mazzone, MLB coach (1948); Chris Doleman, NFL (1961); Manute Bol, NBA (1962); Darius Kasparaitis, NHL (1972); Kordell Stewart, NFL (1972).

October 15

1923 – NY Yankees 1st World Series win beating NY Giants, 4 games to 2.

1945 – Baseball attendance hits record 10.28 million (Tigers 1.28 is highest).

1969 – Madison Square Garden TV Network begins (NHL’s Rangers vs North Stars).

1969 – Oriole Earl Weaver becomes 1st manager ejected in a World Series.

1979 – NY Knicks retire 2nd number, # 10, Walt Frazier.

1986 – Longest post season game, Mets beat Astros 7-6 in 16 & win NL pennant.

1987 – NFL Players Assn orders an end to 24 day strike.

1988 – With 2 outs in bottom of 9th, an injured Kirk Gibson hits dramatic 2 run HR to gives Dodgers a 5-4 win in 1st game of World Series.

1989 – Wayne Gretzky passes Gordie Howes as NHL’s all time top scorer.

1995 – Carolina Panthers win 1st game ever beating NY Jets 26-15.

Today’s notable birthdays: Jim Palmer, MLB (1945).

October 14

1926 – Walter Johnson retires, signs 2-year contract to manage Newark.

1965 – Sandy Koufax hurls his 2nd shutout of World Series beating Twins 2-0.

1968 – In NL expansion draft, Expos & Padres choose 30 players each.

1979 – Wayne Gretzky scores his 1st NHL goal.

1988 – Mike Tyson countersues Robin Givens for divorce & annulment.

1990 – SF 49er Joe Montana passes for 6 touchdowns vs Atlanta (45-35).

1991 – NY Rangers right wing Mike Gartner scores his 500th NHL goal.

1998 – Eric Robert Rudolph is charged with 6 bombings including the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, Georgia..

Today’s notable birthdays: Throwback Attack’s Matt Hurst (1979); John Wooden, NCAA coach (1910); Charlie Joiner, NFL (1947); Keith Byers, NFL (1963); Joe Girardi, MLB (1964); PJ Brown, NBA (1969); Jim Jackson, NBA (1970); Frank Wycheck, NFL (1971); Floyd Landis, cyclist (1975); Javon Walker, NFL (1978); Terrence McGee, NFL (1980); Boof Bonser, MLB (1981); LaRon Landry, NFL (1984).

October 13

1960 – Pirates Bill Mazeroski’s bottom of 9th inning home run beats NY Yankees 10-9 in game 7 of 57th World Series.

1971 – 1st World Series night game (Pittsburgh 4-Baltimore 3).

1991 – Blue Jays Cito Gaston is 1st manager ejected in a playoff game.

1993 – Mighty Ducks win their 1st NHL game.

1996 – NY Jet Nick Lowrey breaks Jan Stenerud NFL field goal record at 374.

Today’s notable birthdays: Rube Waddell, MLB (1876); Eddie Mathews, MLB (1931); Derek Harper, NBA (1961); Jerry Rice, NFL (1962); Chris Gwynn, MLB (1964); Trevor Hoffman, MLB (1967); Brian Dawkins, NFL (1973); Paul Pierce, NBA (1977); Jermaine O’Neal, NBA (1978);

October 12

1925 – Albert Michelsen runs world record marathon (2:19:01.8).

1968 – 19th Olympic games open at Mexico City, Mexico; Norma Enriqueta Basilio Satelo is 1st woman to light Olympic flame.

1991 – Boxer Hector Comacho arrested for driving while getting oral sex.

1992 – Washington Redskin Art Monk sets NFL record with 820th reception.

Today’s notable birthdays: Bob Sheppard, Yankees PA legend (1910); Lionel Washington, NFL (1960); Chris Chandler, NFL (1965); Jose Valentin, MLB (1969); Nancy Kerrigan, figure skater (1969); Charlie Ward, NBA (1970); Tanyon Sturtze, MLB (1970).

Today’s notable deaths: Wilt Chamberlain, NBA (1999); Willie Shoemaker, jockey (2003).

October 11

1967 – World Series record 3 consecutive HRs (Carl Yastremski, Reggie Smith, & Rico Petrocelli) by Red Sox.

1992 – Deion Sanders, plays for Atlanta Falcons & Atlanta Braves.

Today’s notable birthdays: Steve Young, NFL (1961); Chris Spielman, NFL (1965); Gregg Olson, MLB (1966); Claude LaPointe, NHL (1968); Cherokee Parks, NBA (1972); Jason Arnott, NHL (1974); Ty Wigginton, MLB (1977); Michelle Wie, LPGA (1989).

Today’s notable deaths: Norm Cash, MLB (1986); Cory Lidle, MLB (2006).

October 10

1908 – Baseball Writer’s Association is founded.

1948 – Then record 86,288 see game 5 of World Series in Cleveland.

1994 – NY Giants retire Lawrence Taylor’s #56.

Today’s notable birthdays: Brett Favre, NFL (1969); Yinka Dare, NBA (1972); John Mobley, NFL (1973); Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR (1974); Paul Posluszny, NFL (1984); Troy Tulowitzki, MLB (1984).

Today’s notable death: Ken Caminiti, MLB (2004).

October 9

1915 – Woodrow Wilson becomes first President to attend a World Series game.

1974 – Frank Robinson became 1st black baseball manager (does so for Cleveland Indians).

1986 – Gilbert Perreault, Buffalo, became 12th NHLer to score 500 goals.

1989 – 1st NFL game coached by a black man (Art Shell), his LA Raiders beat NY Jets 14-7 on Monday Night Football.

Today’s notable birthdays: Walter O’Malley, MLB (1903); Brian Downing, MLB (1950); Mike Singletary, NFL (1959); Kenny Anderson, NBA (1970); Annika Sorenstam, LPGA (1970); Dexter McCleon, NFL (1973); Juan Dixon, NCAA hoops (1978); Darius Miles, NBA (1981).

October 8

1951 – Ford C Frick replaces Happy Chandler as 3rd commissioner of baseball Warren C Giles becomes president of baseball’s National League.

1956 – Don Larsen, NY, pitches only perfect World Series game, vs Brooklyn.

1957 – Brooklyn Dodgers announce move to Los Angeles.

1961 – Whitey Ford breaks Babe Ruth’s World Series record of 29 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings, running his streak to 32.

1995 – Dolphin’s Dan Marino breaks Tarkenton’s NFL career completions record.

Today’s notable birthdays: Bill Elliott, NASCAR (1965); Mike Morgan, MLB (1959); Tony Eason, NFL (1959); Matt Biondi, Olympic swimmer (1965); Rashaan Salaam, NFL (1974).

Today’s notable death: Jim Gilliam, MLB (1978).

October 7

1936 – Brooklyn Dodgers fire manager Casey Stengel.

1984 – Walter Payton passes Jim Brown as NFL’s career rushing leader.

1988 – Robin Givens files for divorce after 8-month marriage to Mike Tyson.

1992 – Tampa Bay Lightning become 1st NHL expansion team to win opener (7-2).

Today’s notable birthdays: Johnnie Morton, NFL (1971); Priest Holmes, NFL (1973); Charles Woodson, NFL (1976); Evan Longoria, MLB (1985).

Today’s notable deaths: Christy Matthewson, MLB (1925); Leo Durocher, MLB (1991).

October 6

1911 – Cy Young’s farewell appearance in a major league game is a letdown as he loses to Brooklyn 13-3 in a Braves uniform in his 906th game.

1923 – 1st NL unassisted triple play (Ernie Padgett, Braves against Phillies).

1926 – Babe Ruth hits 3 HRs in a World Series game, Yanks beat Cards 10-5.

1945 – Tavern owner “Billy Goat” Sianis buys seat for his goat for Game 4 of World Series & is escorted out, he casts goat curse on Cubs.

1983 – NY Jets announce they are leaving Shea for Meadowlands.

1991 – NY Met David Cone ties NL record by striking out 19 Phillies.

1996 – .NY Jet Nick Lowrey ties Jan Stenerud with 373 NFL field goals

Today’s notable birthdays: Tony Dungy, NFL (1955); Ruben Sierra, NFL (1965); Darren Oliver, MLB (1970); JJ Stokes, NFL (1972); Rebecca Lobo, WNBA (1973); Ricky Hatton, boxer (1978).

Today’s notable deaths: Mark Belanger, MLB (1998); Buck O’Neill, Negro Leagues star (2006).

October 5

1991 – Fresno State ties NCAA record with 49 points in a quarter, as they route New Mexico 94-17.

Today’s notable birthdays: Bill James, sabermetrician (1949); Mario Lemieux, NHL (1965); Patrick Roy, NHL (1965); Trace Armstrong, NFL (1965); Rex Chapman, NBA (1967); Grant Hill, NBA (1972).

October 4

1922 – For 1st time, entire World Series broadcast over radio (WJZ & WGY).

1925 – Harry Heilmann’s 6 hits edges Ty Cobb .393 to .389 as batting champ.

1944 – 1st All St Louis World Series, all games played at Sportsman’s Park.

1962 – Whitey Ford’s World Series 33 2/3 scoreless inning streak ends.

Today’s notable birthdays: AC Green, NBA (1963); Mark McLemore, MLB (1964); Kurt Thomas, NBA (1972); Jered Weaver, MLB (1982); Tony Gwynn Jr., MLB (1982); Kurt Suzuki, MLB (1983).

October 3

1920 – NFL (then American Pro Football Association) plays 1st games.

1951 – Bobby Thomson HR-Giants win pennant defeating Dodgers.

1965 – Whitey Ford notches #232 to become Yankees winningest pitcher.

1972 – Steve Carlton wins 27th game for Phillies (almost ½ of their 59 wins).

1990 – George Brett becomes 1st to lead league in batting in 3 decades.

Today’s notable birthdays: Dave Winfield, MLB (1951); Dennis Eckersley, MLB (1954).

Today’s notable deaths: John Heisman, football coach (1936); Vince DiMaggio, MLB (1986).

October 2

1932 – Washington Redskins (as Boston Braves) play 1st NFL game, lose 14-0.

1950 – Red Sox Dom DiMaggio leads AL with only 15 stolen bases.

1963 – Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax strikes out World Series record 15 Yankees.

1968 – Bob Gibson sets a World Series record of 17 strikeouts.

1977 – Dusty Baker 30th HR joins teammates Steve Garvey (33), Reggie Smith (32), & Ron Cey (30) in make Dodgers 1st team to boast 4 30-HR hitters.

1980 – Larry Holmes TKOs Muhammad Ali in 11 for Heavyweight boxing title.

1986 – NY Met Dwight Gooden is 1st to strike out 200 or more in 1st 3 seasons.

1991 – Steffi Graf becomes the youngest woman to win 500 pro tennis matches.

1995 – Seattle Mariners beat California Angels, 9-1 in a playoff game to win AL West.

Today’s notable birthdays: Maury Wills, MLB (1932); Mark Rypien, NFL (1962); Jana Novotna, tennis (1968); Eddie Guardado, MLB (1970); Ricky Bell, NFL (1974);

October 1

1903 – 1st baseball World Series, Pittsburgh Pirates vs Boston Pilgrims (Red Sox).

1919 – World Series begins as a best of 9 affair, White Sox intentionally throw this series to satisfy gamblers (Black Sox Scandal).

1924 – Commissioner Landis bans Giants Jimmy O’Connell & Cozy Dolan from World Series after they admit an attempt to bribe Phils shortstop Heinie Sand.

1961 – Roger Maris sets record of 61 HRs (off of Tracy Stallard).

1975 – Muhammad Ali TKOs Joe Frazier in 15 for Heavyweight boxing title in “The Thrilla in Manila”.

1993 – Lennox Lewis TKOs Frank Bruno in 7 for Heavyweight boxing title.

2004 – Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki gets his 258th hit of the season, breaking George Sisler’s 84-year-old single-season record.

Today’s notable birthdays: Rod Carew, MLB (1945); Mark McGwire, MLB (1963); Roberto Kelly, MLB (1964); Alexei Zhitnik, NHL (1970); Rudi Johnson, MLB (1979); Matt Cain, MLB (1984).

Today’s notable death: Walter Alston, MLB (1984).

September 30

1927 – Babe Ruth hits record setting 60th HR (off Tom Zachary).

1939 – 1st televised College Football game (Fordham vs Waynesburg at NYC).

1962 – Expansion NY Mets lose record 120th game as Cubs turn triple play & beat NY 5-1.

1980 – A’s Rickey Henderson sets AL stolen base record at 98 en route to 100.

1984 – Bowie Kuhn ends career as Baseball Commissioner.

1984 – California Angels Mike Witt is 11th to pitch a perfect baseball game.

1992 – KC Royal George Brett gets 4 hits to become 18th to get 3,000 hits.

Today’s notable birthdays: Robin Roberts, MLB (1926); Johnny Podres, MLB (1932); Dave Magadan, MLB (1962); Yorkis Perez, MLB (1967); Eric Piatkowski, NBA (1970); Jamal Anderson, NFL (1972); Jeremy Giambi, MLB (1974); Carlos Guillen, MLB (1975); Martina Hingis, tennis (1980).

Today’s notable death: Dan Quisenberry, MLB (1998).

September 29

1941 – Joe Louis TKOs Lou Nova in 6 for Heavyweight boxing title.

1946 – Los Angeles (previously Cleveland) Rams play 1st NFL game in LA.

1954 – Willie Mays makes famous over-the-shoulder catch of Vic Wertz’ 460-foot drive.

1963 – Cardinals Stan Musial’s final game, gets his 3,629th & 3,630th hit.

1977 – Muhammad Ali beats Earnie Shavers in 15 for Heavyweight boxing title.

1992 – Magic Johnson announces return to play basketball (he doesn’t).

Today’s notable birthdays: Craig Lefferts, MLB (1957); Tim Flannery, MLB (1957); Rob Deer, MLB (1960); Hersey Hawkins, NBA (1966); Ken Norton Jr., NFL (1966); Jake Westbrook, MLB (1977); Kevin Durant, NBA (1988).

Today’s notable death: Casey Stengel, MLB (1975).

September 28

1941 – Phillies lose club record 111th game.

1941 – Ted Williams ends the baseball season with .406 batting avg.

1960 – Ted Williams hits his final homer #521 (off Jack Fisher).

1976 – Muhammad Ali beats Ken Norton in 15 for Heavyweight boxing title.

1979 – Larry Holmes TKOs Earnie Shavers in 11 for Heavyweight boxing title.

1993 – Dennis Martinez is 7th to win 100 games in AL & NL.

1996 – Roberto Alomar suspended 5 games for spitting at ump.

Today’s notable birthdays: Max Schmeling, boxing (1905); Lou Piniella, MLB (1943); Anthony Davis, NFL (1952); Steve Largent, NFL (1954); Todd Worrell, MLB (1959); Irving Fryar, NFL (1962); Janet Evans, Olympic swimmer (1971); Anderson Varejão, NBA (1982); Ryan Zimmerman, MLB (1984).

Today’s notable death: Althea Gibson, tennis (2003).

September 27

1936 – 1st baseman Walter Alston plays in his only major league game.

1942 – NY Giants beat Washington Redskins 14-7 without making a 1st down.

1980 – Marvin Hagler defeats Alan Minter to claim boxing’s world Middleweight championship in London. They have to be escorted away by police after a riot forms.

Today’s notable birthdays: Mike Schmidt, MLB (1949); Steve Kerr, NBA (1965); Jon Garland, MLB (1979).

Today’s notable deaths: John Facenda, NFL films (1984); Doak Walker, NCAA (1998).

September 26

1959 – Milwaukee Braves Warren Spahn becomes winningest NL lefty.

1961 – Roger Maris hits HR #60 off Jack Fisher, tying Babe Ruth’s record.

1978 – NY District Court Judge Constance Baker Motley rules that women sportswriters cannot be banned from locker rooms.

1992 – Jimmy Connors beats Martina Navratilova, 7-5, 6-3.

1996 – SF Giant Barry Bonds is 2nd player to hit 40 HRs & steal 40 bases.

Today’s notable birthdays: Rich Gedman, MLB (1959); Craig Heyward, NFL (1966); Serena Williams, tennis (1981).

Today’s notable death: Byron Nelson, golf (2006).

September 25

1926 – NHL grants franchises to Chicago Black Hawks & Detroit Red Wings.

1934 – Lou Gehrig plays in his 1,500th consecutive game.

1962 – Sonny Liston KOs Floyd Patterson in 1st round for Heavyweight title.

1981 – Nolan Ryan’s 5th career no-hitter as Astros beat Dodgers 5-0.

Today’s notable birthdays: Phil Rizzuto, MLB (1918); Hubie Brown, NBA (1933); Cheryl Tiegs, SI swimsuit model (1947); Bob McAdoo, NBA (1951); Scottie Pippen, NBA (1965); John Lynch, NFL (1971); Matt Hasselbeck, NFL (1975); Chauncey Billups, NBA (1976); Joel Pineiro, MLB (1978); Calvin Johnson, NFL (1985).

September 24

1919 –  Babe Ruth sets season homer mark at 28 off of Yankee Bob Shawkey.

1934 – 2500 fans see Babe Ruth’s farewell Yankee appearance at Yankee Stadium.

1953 – Rocky Marciano TKOs Roland LaStarza in 11 for Heavyweight boxing title.

1957 – Brooklyn Dodgers play last game at Ebbets Field, defeat Pirates 2-0.

1967 – Cardinals Jim Bakken kicks 7 field goals vs Steelers.

1979 – Pete Rose reaches 200 hits in a season for 10th time.

1983 – Braves Dale Murphy is 6th to hit 30 HRs & steal 30 bases in season.

1991 – Deion Sanders, left Braves July 31 to report to NFL Falcons, returns.

Today’s notable birthdays: John Mackey, NFL (1941); Mean Joe Greene, NFL (1946); Rafael Palmeiro, MLB (1964); Eddie George, NFL (1973).

September 23

1908 – Giant Fred Merkle fails to touch 2nd, causes 3rd out in 9th & disallows winning run (game ends tied, Cubs win replay & pennant). Known as “Merkle’s Boner.”

1952 – Rocky Marciano KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in 13 for Heavyweight boxing title.

1983 – Phillies Steve Carlton is 16th to wins 300 game (beating Cards).

1988 – Jose Canseco is baseball’s 1st to steal 40 bases & hit 40 HRs.

Today’s notable birthdays: Marty Schottenheimer, NFL (1943); Marvin Lewis, NFL (1958); Pete Harnisch, MLB (1966); Jeff Cirillo, MLB (1969); Eric Montross, NBA (1971); Matt Kemp, MLB (1984); Joba Chamberlain, MLB (1985); Brandon Jennings, NBA (1989).

September 22

1911 – Cy Young beats Pitts 1-0 for his final career victory, number 511.

1927 – Gene Tunney beats Jack Dempsey in 10 for Heavyweight boxing title.

1969 – SF Giant Willie Mays, becomes second player to hit 600 home runs.

1987 – Red Sox Wade Boggs ties AL record of 200 hits for 5 straight seasons.

1990 – Andre Dawson steals his 300th base & is only player other than Willie Mays to have 300 HRs, 300 steals & 2,000 hits.

1991 – Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula records his 300th career NFL victory.

1993 – Nolan Ryan, 46, pitches his last game.

Today’s notable birthdays: Bob Lemon, MLB (1920); Tom Lasorda, MLB (1927); Lute Olson, NCAA coach (1934); Jeffrey Leonard, MLB (1955); Vince Coleman, MLB (1961); Mike Matheny, MLB (1970); Ronaldo, soccer (1976).

September 21

1955 – Rocky Marciano KOs Archie Moore in 9 for Heavyweight boxing title.

1969 – NY Jet Steve O’Neal punts 98 yards against Denver Broncos.

1981 – Steve Carlton strikes out NL record 3,118th (Andre Dawson).

1986 – NY Jets beat Miami Dolphins 51-45 in OT; record 884 passing yards. Dan Marino throws 6 TD’s.

1990 – Faye Vincent turns down White Sox bid to reinstate Minnie Minoso, 68.

1997 – NY Yankee Cecil Fielder hits his 300th HR.

2008 – The final home game is played at Yankee Stadium against the Baltimore Orioles..

Today’s notable birthdays: Bruce Arena, soccer coach (1951); Rick Mahorn, NBA (1958); Grant Fuhr, NHL (1962); Cecil Fielder, MLB (1963); Jon Kitna, NFL (1972); Jimmy Clausen, NFL (1987).

September 20

1924 – Cubs Grover Cleveland Alexander beats NY Giants to win his 300th game.

1927 – NY Yankee Babe Ruth hits record 60th HR of season off Tom Zachry.

1939 – Joe Louis KOs Bob Pastor in 11 for Heavyweight boxing title.

1951 – NL President Ford Frick elected 3rd commissioner of baseball.

1955 – Willie Mays is 7th player to reach 50 HRS in a season.

1968 – Mickey Mantle hits final career homer # 536.

1973 – Billy Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in battle-of-sexes tennis match.

1980 – George Brett goes 0-for-4 dropping his avg below .400 for good.

1987 – Walter Payton scores NFL record 107th rushing touchdown.

Today’s notable birthdays: Red Auerbach, NBA coach (1917); Guy LaFleur, NHL (1951); Dante Hall, NFL (1978).

September 19

1955 – Cubs slugger Ernie Banks hits record 5th grand slam of season.

1968 – Denny McLain’s 31st win & Mickey Mantle’s 535th HR.

1988 – US Olympic diver Greg Louganis hits his head on diving board.

1992 – Barry Bonds joins Willie Mays, Howard Johnson & Ron Gant as having (2) 30-HR/30-steal seasons.

2000 – Ken Griffey, Jr. pinch-hits his 400th home run. The first major leaguer to reach the mark as a pinch-hitter.

Today’s notable birthdays: Joe Morgan, MLB (1943); Randy Myers, MLB (1962); Jim Abbott, MLB (1967); Rick DePietro, NHL (1981).

September 18

1946 – Joe Louis KOs Tami Mauriello in 1 for Heavyweight boxing title.

1956 – Mickey Mantle is eighth to hit 50 HR’s in a season.

1984 – Tim Raines is 1st player with 4 consecutive 70-stolen-base seasons.

1990 – Atlanta is chosen as host of 1996 summer Olympics.

1994 – Ken Burn’s “Baseball” premieres on PBS.

1996 – Roger Clemens ties his own major league record with 20 strikeouts.

Today’s notable birthdays: Harvey Haddix, MLB (1925); Scotty Bowman, NHL (1933); Rick Pitino, NCAA coach (1952); Tommy Tuberville, NCAA coach (1954); Toni Kukoc, NBA (1968); Lance Armstrong, cyclist (1971); Anthony Gonzalez, NFL (1984).

September 17

1937 – 1st NFL game in Washington, DC; Redskins beat NY Giants 13-3.

1941 – Stan Musial makes his Major League debut.

1947 – Jackie Robinson named Rookie of the Year.

1950 – San Francisco 49ers play first NFL game.

1953 – Ernie Banks becomes Cubs first black player.

1954 – Rocky Marciano KOs Ezzard Charles in 8 for Heavyweight boxing title.

1961 – Minnesota Vikings’ 1st NFL game (beat Chicago Bears 37-13).

1964 – Mickey Mantle gets hits #1999, 2000 & 2001 & his 450th HR.

1967 – New Orleans Saints 1st NFL game, they lose to LA Rams 27-13.

1984 – Reggie Jackson becomes 13th player to hit 500 home runs.

Today’s notable birthdays: George Blanda, NFL (1927); Orlando Cepeda, MLB (1937); Phil Jackson, NBA (1945); John Franco, MLB (1960); Mark Burnell, NFL (1970); Rasheed Wallace, NBA (1974); Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR (1975); Dan Haren, MLB (1980).

September 16

1950 – Cleveland Rams play their first NFL game, beat Philadelphia, 35-10.

1957 – LA City Council approves 300-acre site in Chavez Ravine for Dodgers.

1987 – Angels’ Bob Boone catches record 1,919th major league game.

1988 – Tom Browning throws perfect game over Dodgers, 1-0.

2000 – Sammy Sosa’s becomes the second player to hit 50 or more home runs in three consecutive years, joining Mark McGwire.

Today’s notable birthdays: Elgin Baylor, NBA (1934); Robin Yount, MLB (1955); Orel Hershiser, MLB (1958); Tim Raines, MLB (1959); Mickey Tettleton, MLB (1960); Bernie Parmalee, NFL (1967); Chester McGlockton, NFL (1969); Dan Dickau, NCAA basketball (1978).

Today’s notable death: Myles Brand, NCAA President (2009).

September 15

1946 – Dodgers beat Cubs 2-0 in 5 inns, games called because of gnats.

1952 – Braves last game in Boston’s Braves Field before move to Milwaukee.

1978 – Dodgers become 1st major league team to draw 3 million fans.

1978 – Muhammad Ali beats Leon Spinks in 15 for Heavyweight boxing title.

1990 – Chicago White Sox Bobby Thigpen is 1st to record 50 saves.

1991 – San Diego State freshman Marshall Faulk sets NCAA rushing record of 386 yards.

1996 – Texas Rangers retire their 1st number, Nolan Ryan’s #34.

2000 – Opening ceremony of the XXVII Olympics in Sydney, Australia

2004 – NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announces a lockout of the players union and cessation of operations by the NHL head office.
Today’s notable birthdays: Gaylord Perry, MLB (1938); Merlin Olsen, NFL (1940); Dan Marino, NFL (1961); Ernest Byner, NFL (1962); Sherman Douglas, NBA (1966); Myron Bell, NFL (1971); Mike Dunleavy, Jr., NBA (1980); Luke Hochevar, MLB (1983).

September 14

1923 – Jack Dempsey KOs Luis Firpo in 2 for Heavyweight boxing title.

1930 – Detroit Lions (as Portsmouth Spartans) play 1st NFL game, win 13-6.

1968 – Denny McLain, of the Tigers, gets his 30th victory of season.

1991 – Freshman Marshall Faulk of San Diego State rushed for NCAA record.

1994 – All 28 baseball owners vote to cancel rest of 1994 season.

1996 – NY Met Todd Hundley sets record of 41 HRs by a catcher.

Today’s notable birthdays: Larry Brown, NBA (1940); Tim Wallach, MLB (1957); Pete Chilcutt, NBA (1968); Delmon Young, MLB (1985).

September 13

1934 – MLB commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis sells World Series broadcast rights to Ford for $100,000.

1958 – Braves Warren Spahn is 1st lefty to win 20 or more games 9 times.

1965 – Willie Mays hits HR #500.

1969 – Bobby Bonds is baseballs 4th 30-30 player.

1983 – Oakland’s Rickey Henderson reaches 100 stolen bases for third straight year.

1989 – Fay Vincent elected baseball’s 8th commissioner.

1991 – Joe Carter records third straight 100-RBI season; it comes with third different team.

Today’s notable birthdays: Michael Johnson, runner (1967); Brad Johnson, NFL (1968); Bernie Williams, MLB (1968); Denny Neagle, MLB (1968); Goran Ivanisevic, tennis (1971); Daisuke Matsuzaka, MLB (1980); Nenê, NBA (1982).

September 12

1920 – 7th Olympic Games close in Antwerp, Belgium.

1954 – White Sox win 90th game, 1st time they win this many since 1920.

1976 – 96th US Mens Tennis: Jimmy Connors beats Bjorn Borg.

1976 – Seattle Seahawks play first game, lose to St. Louis, 30-24.

1976 – White Sox Minnie Minoso, 53, is oldest to get a hit in American League.

1979 – Carl Yastrzemski records his 3,000th hit.

1982 – Jimmy Connors beats Ivan Lendl for US Open title.

1984 – Mets Dwight Gooden sets rookie strike out record at 251.

1987 – Martina Navratilova beats Steffi Graf for US Open title.

1991 – Nolan Ryan records his 312th win.

Today’s notable birthdays: Jesse Owens, track (1913); Ricky Rudd, racecar driver (1956); Vernon Maxwell, NBA (1965); Pat Listach, MLB (1967); Angel Cabrera, golfer (1969); Sean Burroughs, MLB (1980); Yao Ming, NBA (1980).

September 11

1927 – Babe Ruth hits 50th of eventual 60 home runs.

1956 – Yogi Berra hits 236th career homer, tying him for most by a catcher.

1976 – Minnie Minoso bats for the White Sox after a 12-year hiatus.

1982 – Chris Evert wins her 6th and final US Open.

1983 – Jimmy Connors defeats Ivan Lendl for US Open title.

1985 – Pete Rose of Cin Reds gets career hit 4,192 off Eric Show of San Diego Padres, eclipsing Ty Cobb’s record.

Today’s notable birthdays: Tom Landry, NFL (1924); Don Slaught, MLB (1958); Ed Reed, NFL (1978); Jacoby Ellsbury, MLB (1983); Ike Diogu, NBA (1983); Shaun Livingston, NBA (1985).

Today’s notable death: Johnny Unitas, NFL (2002).

September 10

1961 – Mickey Mantle hits his 400th home run.

1966 – Muhammad Ali TKOs Karl Mildenberger in 12 for Heavyweight boxing title.

1969 – Miracle Mets reach first place for first time in history.

1972 – USA men’s basketball team loses to USSR in Olympic gold medal game. Team disputes loss.

1973 – Muhammad Ali defeats Ken Norton.

1974 – Lou Brock steals his 105th base of the season, setting the record.

1978 – Jimmy Connors is 1st player to win US Open on 3 different surfaces.

1983 – Larry Holmes TKOs Scott Frank in 5 for Heavyweight boxing title.

1990 – 19 year old Pete Sampras defeats Andre Agassi for US Open title.

1992 – Bud Selig named interim MLB commissioner.

1997 – Mark McGwire joins Babe Ruth as the only players to hit 50 homers in consecutive seasons.

Today’s notable birthdays: Ted Kluszewski, MLB (1924); Arnold Palmer, golfer (1929); Roger Maris, MLB (1934); Bob Lanier, NBA (1948); Joe Nieuwendyk, NHL (1966); Ben Wallace, NBA (1974);

September 9

1965 – Sandy Koufax throws a perfect game vs. Cubs.

1968 – Arthur Ashe wins US Open.

1971 – NHL great Gordie Howe retires.

1979 – In 99th US Open, John McEnroe wins.

1984 – McEnroe defeats Ivan Lendl to win US Open.

1987 – Nolan Ryan strikes out batter #4,500.

1988 – Bruce Sutter of the Braves records save No. 300, joining Goose Gossage and Rollie Fingers.

1991 – Mike Tyson indicted for rape.

2002 – Pitcher Randy Johnson reaches 300 strikeouts for the fifth consecutive season, extending his major league record.

Today’s notable birthdays: Frankie Frisch, MLB (1898); Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder, broadcaster (1919); Joe Theismann, NFL (1949); Bob Stoops, football coach (1960); Brett Hull, NHL (1964); Dan Majerle, NBA (1965); Todd Zeile, MLB (1965); BJ Armstrong, NBA (1967); Mike Hampton, MLB (1972); Kazuhisa Ishii, MLB (1973); Shane Battier, NBA (1978); Edwin Jackson, MLB (1983); JR Smith, NBA (1985).

Today’s notable deaths: Richie Ashburn, MLB (1997); Catfish Hunter, MLB (1999).

September 8

1919 –  Babe Ruth hits his 26th HR off Jack Quinn in NY, breaking Buck Freeman’s 1899 HR mark of 25.

1963 – Braves Warren Spahn ties Christy Mathewson with 13 20-win seasons.

1974 – Jimmy Connors defeats Ken Rosewall for US Open title.

1985 – Pete Rose ties Ty Cobb for hits with his 4,191.

1989 – George Brett records his 2,500th career hit.

1996 – Steffi Graf and Pete Sampras win US Open titles.

Today’s notable birthdays: Buck O’Neill, Negro Leagues star (1907); Maurice Cheeks, NBA (1956); Clarence Weatherspoon, NBA (1970); Gil Meche, MLB (1978).

September 7

1953 – Roy Campanella sets catcher record of 125 RBI (en route to 142).

1957 & 1958 – Althea Gibson wins back-to-back US Open titles.

1969 – Rod Laver completes his second Grand Slam by winning US Open.

1970 – White Sox use a record 41 players in both games of a doubleheader. They lose both.

1979 – ESPN makes its debut.

1988 – Guy Lafleur, Tony Esposito & Brad Park inducted in NHL Hall of Fame.

1991 – Ty Detmer of Brigham Young passes NCAA record 11,606 yards.

1992 – MLB commissioner Fay Vincent resigns.

Today’s notable birthdays: Paul Brown, NFL owner (1908); Al McGuire, basketball coach (1931); Briana Scurry, women’s soccer (1971); Antonio McDyess, NBA (1974); Mark Prior, MLB (1980); Kevin Love, NBA (1988).

Today’s notable death: Don Haskins, basketball coach (2008).

September 6

1920 – Jack Dempsey KOs Billy Miske in third round for Heavyweight boxing title in 1st radio broadcast of a prizefight.

1953 – Roy Campanella sets home run record by a catcher with his 38th.

1963 – MLB celebrates its 100,000th game.

1975 – Czech tennis star Martina Navratilova asks for US political asylum in New York City during the US Open.

1982 – Pittsburgh Pirates retire Willie Stargell’s number.

1986 – Michael Spinks TKOs Steffen Tangstad in 4 for Heavyweight boxing title.

1995 – Cal Ripken Jr breaks Lou Gehrig’s record, playing in his 2,131 straight game.

1996 – Balt Orioles’ Eddie Murray hit his 500th career HR.

Today’s notable birthdays: Vincent DiMaggio, MLB (1912); Kevin Willis, NBA (1962); Anthony Goldwire, NBA (1971); Eric Zeier, NFL (1972); Derrek Lee, MLB (1975); Mark Teahan, MLB (1981).

September 5

1921 – Walter Johnson sets strikeout mark at 2,287.

1960 – Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) captures Olympic light Heavyweight gold medal.

1972 – Palestinian terrorists kill 11 Israelis at 1972 Munich Olympics.

1990 – Pete Sampras ends Ivan Lendl’s bid for 9th straight US Open final.

1994 – 49ers WR Jerry Rice catches NFL record 127th touchdown pass.

1995 – Cal Ripken Jr ties Gehrig’s record of playing in 2,130 straight games.

Today’s notable birthdays: Nap LaJoie, MLB (1874); Bill Mazeroski, MLB (1976); Willia Gault, NFL (1960); Dennis Scott, NBA (1968); Rod Barajas, MLB (1975).

September 4

1966 – Houston Oilers holds Denver Broncos to no 1st downs winning 45-7.

1972 – US swimmer Mark Spitz becomes 1st athlete to win 7 Olympic gold medals.

1983 – Greg LeMond becomes only American to win cycling’s Road Championship.

1991 – Panel of 8 baseball experts vote to drop asterisk next to Roger Maris’ HR record & determine an official no hitter must go at least 9 innings.

1994 – Cleveland Browns is 1st team in NFL to score a 2-point conversion.

Today’s notable birthdays: Tom Watson, golf (1949); Tomas Sandstrom, NHL (1964); Mike Piazza, MLB (1968).

Today’s notable death: Hank Greenberg, MLB (1986).

September 3

1928 – Baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb gets his 4,191th & final career hit.

1950 – “Nino” Farina becomes the first Formula One Drivers’ champion after winning the 1950 Italian Grand Prix.

1974 – NBA guard Oscar Robinson retires.

1977 – Japan’s Sadaharu Oh hits 756th HR to surpass Hank Aaron’s total.

1989 – Chris Evert defeats 15-year-old Monica Seles for her 101st & last US Tennis Open singles victory.

1990 – White Sox reliever Bobby Thigpen sets save record at 47 en route to 57.

1995 – Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars both lose their first NFL games.

Today’s notable birthdays: Eddie Stanky, MLB (1917); Rene Gonzales, MLB (1961); Eric Plunk, MLB (1963); Ernest Givens, NFL (1964); Bennie Blades, NFL (1966); Chris Gatling, NBA (1967); Luis Gonzalez, MLB (1967); George Lynch, NBA (1970); Damon Stoudamire, NBA (1973); Jevon Kearse, NFL (1976); Nate Robertson, MLB (1977).

September 2

1962 – Stan Musial’s 3,516th hit moves over Tris Speaker into 2nd place.

1965 – Cubs’ Ernie Banks hits his 400th home run.

1971 – Chris Evert & Jimmy Connors win their 1st US Open tennis matches.

1978 – Reggie Jackson is 19th player to hit 20 HR in 11 straight years.

Today’s notable birthdays: Adolph Rupp, basketball coach (1901); Peter Ueberroth, MLB commish (1937); Terry Bradshaw, NFL (1948); Jimmy Connors, tennis (1952); Rex Hudler, MLB (1960); Eric Dickerson, NFL (1960); Lennox Lewis, boxer (1965).

September 1

1945 – Phillies Vince DiMaggio ties NL record with 4th grand slam of season.

1973 – George Foreman KOs Jose “King” Roman in 1 for Heavyweight boxing title.

1975 – Mets’ Tom Seaver is 1st to strike out 200 in 8 consecutive seasons.

1996 – Baltimore Ravens (formerly Cleveland Browns) 1st NFL game, beat Oakland Raiders, 17-14.

Today’s notable birthdays: Rocky Marciano, boxer (1923); Phillip Fulmer, football coach (1950); Tom Hardaway, NBA (1966); Zach Thomas, NFL (1973); Jason Taylor, NFL (1974); Cuttino Mobley, NBA (1975); Clinton Portis, NFL (1981); Ryan Gomes, NBA (1982).

Today’s notable deaths: A. Bartlett Giamatti, MLB commissioner (1989).

August 31

1979 – Phillies replaces manager Danny Ozark with Dallas Green.

1991 – Houston QB David Klingler sets NCAA record with 6 touchdown passes in the 2nd quarter as the Cougars clobber Louisiana Tech 73-3.

1997 – Don Mattingly has his #23 retired by the Yankees.

Today’s notable birthdays: Tom Candiotti, MLB (1957); Hideo Nomo, MLB (1968); Jennifer Azzi, basketball (1968); Pádraig Harrington, golf (1971); Chris Duhon, basketball (1982); Larry Fitzgerald, NFL (1983).

Today’s notable sports death: Rocky Marciano, boxer (1969).

August 30

1884 – Jack Dempsey wins Middleweight title in 1st fight with boxing gloves.

1905 – Tigers Ty Cobb makes his debut, doubling off Yankees Jack Chesbro.

1937 – Joe Louis beats Tommy Farr in 15 forHeavyweight boxing title.

1965 – Casey Stengel announces his retirement after 55 years in baseball.

1988 – Tennis star Chris Everett weds skier Andy Mills.

1990 – Ken Griffey & Ken Griffey Jr become 1st father & son to play on same team (Seattle Mariners), both single in 1st inning.

Today’s notable birthdays: Ted Williams, MLB (1918); Tug McGraw, MLB (1944); Robert Parish, NBA (1953); Shaun Alexander, NFL (1977); Marlon Byrd, MLB (1977); Cliff Lee, MLB (1978); Andy Roddick, tennis (1982).

August 29

1925 – After a night on the town, Babe Ruth shows up late for batting practice Miller Huggins suspends Ruth & slaps a $5,000 fine on him.

1964 – Mickey Mantle ties Babe Ruth’s career strikeout record (1,330).

1972 – SF Giant Jim Barr retires 1st 20 batters he faces added to last 21 he retired 6 days earlier for record 41 in a row.

1977 – St Louis Cardinal Lou Brock eclipses Ty Cobb’s 49-year-old career stolen bases record at 893 as Padres win 4-3.

1982 – George Brett gets his 1,500th hit.

1987 – Nolan Ryan passes the 200-strikeout barrier for record 11th time.

Today’s notable birthdays: Carl Banks, NFL (1962); Will Purdue, NBA (1965); Aaron Rowand, MLB (1977); Devean George, NBA (1977); Roy Oswalt, MLB (1977); David West, NBA (1980).

Today’s notable death: Richard Jewell, Olympic Park accused bomber (2007).

August 28

1951 – Braves sell pitcher Johnny Sain to the Yankees for $50,000.

1955 – 1st NFL preseason sudden death football, Rams beats Giants 23-17.

1977 – Nolan Ryan strikes out 300 batters for 5th straight year.

1987 – Mike Schmidt passes Ted Williams & Willie McCovey with 522 HRs.

Today’s notable birthdays: Don Denkinger, MLB umpire (1936); Ron Guidry, MLB (1950); Pierre Turgeon, NHL (1969); Eric Lindros, NHL (1973).

August 27

1976 – Transsexual Renee Richards barred from competing in US Tennis Open.

1982 – Rickey Henderson steals 119th base of season breaks Lou Brock’s mark.

1985 – Mary Joe Fernandez, 14 years & 8 days old is youngest to win a US Tennis Open match (beats Sara Gomer in 1st round).

Today’s notable birthdays: Ernie Broglio, MLB (1935); Brian McRae, MLB (1967); Jim Thome, MLB (1970); Darren McFadden, NFL (1987).

August 26

1939 – First baseball telecast – Reds and Brooklyn Dodgers.

1947 – 1st black Major League Baseball pitcher Don Bankhead (Hit a HR on 1st at bat).

1972 – Leo Durocher replaces Harry Walker as manager of Astros.

1979 – Beth Daniel wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic.

1985 – Balt Oriole Eddie Murray knocks in 9 RBIs in a game vs Calif Angels

1990 – Beth Daniel wins LPGA Northgate Golf Classic.

Today’s notable birthdays: Alex Trevino, MLB (1957); Chad Kreuter, MLB (1964); Myron Guyton, NFL (1967); Barret Robbins, NFL (1973); Morgan Ensberg, MLB (1975); Morris Peterson, NBA (1973).

August 25

1950 – Sugar Ray Robinson KOs Jose Basora to win Middleweight boxing title.

1960 – 17th summer olympics opens in Rome.

1978 – Baseball umps stage a one day strike.

1986 – A’s Mark McGwire hits his 1st major league home run.

Today’s notable birthdays: Althea Gibson, tennis (1927); Rollie Fingers, MLB (1946); Cornelius Bennett, NFL (1965); Albert Belle, MLB (1966); Doug Glanville, MLB (1970); Robert Horry, NBA (1970); Justin Upton, MLB (1987).

Today’s notable death: Moonlight Graham, MLB (1965).

August 24

1940 – Red Sox left fielder Ted Williams pitches the last 2 innings in a 12-1 loss to Detroit Tigers, Williams allows 3 hits & 1 run.

1983 – Pete Rose ends consecutive games played streak at 745.

1989 – Pete Rose is suspended from baseball for life for gambling.

Today’s notable birthdays: Cal Ripken, MLB (1960); Reggie Miller, NBA (1965); Rafael Furcal, MLB (1978).

August 23

1982 – Seattle Mariner pitcher Gaylord Perry ejected for throwing a spitter.

1985 – Paul Hornung awarded $1,160,000 by a Louisville court against NCAA who barred him as aCollege Football analyst for betting on games.

1993 – Fred McGriff & David Justice are 6th to hit back-to-back HRs twice in same game.

Today’s notable birthdays: Christian “Sonny” Jurgensen, NFL (1934); Julio Franco, MLB (1958); Rik Smits, NBA (1966); Cortez Kennedy, NFL (1968); Hugh Douglas, NFL (1971); Casey Blake, MLB (1973); Kobe Bryant, NBA (1978); Rex Grossman, NFL (1980).

Today’s notable deaths: Hoyt Wilhelm, MLB (2002); Bobby Bonds, MLB (2003).

August 22

1946 – Baseball approves a 168-game schedule, but later rescinds it.

1950 – Althea Gibson becomes 1st black competetor in national tennis competition.

1960 – Gil Hodges set NL righty HR record with #352.

1965 – LA Dodger pitcher Juan Marachal hits SF Giant catcher John Roseboro on the head with his bat causing a 14 minute brawl.

1989 – Nolan Ryan strikes out his 5,000th career batter.

Today’s notable birthdays: Carl Yastrezmski, MLB (1939); Bill Parcells, NFL (1941); Paul Molitor, MLB (1956).

August 21

1922 – Curly Lambeau & Green Bay Football Club granted NFL franchise.

1931 – Babe Ruth hits his 600th career homer.

1967 – Ken Harrelson becomes baseball’s 1st free agent.

1982 – Rollie Fingers becomes first player to get save #300.

2000 – Tiger Woods wins golf’s PGA Championship to become the first golfer since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win 3 majors in a calendar year. He ties the to-par record for the PGA (-18) with Bob May, and wins in a playoff.

Today’s notable birthdays: Jack Buck, broadcaster (1924); Wilt Chamberlain, NBA (1936); Archie Griffin, 2-time Heisman winner (1954); Jim McMahon, NFL (1959); Andujar Cedeno, MLB (1969); Jason Marquis, MLB (1978); BJ Upton, MLB (1984).

August 20

1938 – Lou Gehrig hits his record 23rd grand slam.

1945 – Robert Hamilton wins PGA Championship.

1965 – Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron pass Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig for most HR by teammates with 772.

1989 – Howard Johnson joins 30-30 club.

1990 George Steinbrenner steps down as Yankees boss.

1991 – Dan Marino passes Joe Montana as NFL’s highest player with five-year, $25 million extension.

Today’s notable birthdays: Don King, boxing promoter (1931); Graig Nettles, MLB (1944); Andy Benes, MLB (1967); Todd Helton, MLB (1973).

Today’s notable death: Gene Upshaw, NFL (2008).

August 19

1921 – Ty Cobb records his 4,000th career hit.

1957 – NY Giants vote 8-1 to move their baseball franchise to San Francisco.

1995 – Mike Tyson returns to the ring & DQs Peter McNeeley in 38 seconds.

Today’s notable birthdays: Willie Shoemaker, jockey (1931); Ned Yost, MLB manager (1955); Gary Gaetti, MLB (1958); Bobby Hebert, NFL (1960); Morten Andersen, NFL (1960); Ron Darling, MLB (1960); Kirk Herbstreit, NCAA (1969); Mary Joe Fernandez, tennis (1971); Chris Capuano, MLB (1978); JJ Hardy, MLB (1982).

August 18

1967 – Red Sox Tony Conigliaro is beaned in the face by the Angels’ Jack Hamilton.

1973 – Hank Aaron hits his 1,378th career extra base hit, surpassing Stan Musial’s record.

1986 – Jim Kelly signs $75 million deal over five years with Buffalo.

1987 – Earl Campbell retires from Houston Oilers.

Today’s notable birthdays: Marge Schott, MLB owner (1928); Roberto Clemente, MLB (1934); Kenny Walker, NBA (1964); Brian Mitchell, NFL (1968); Jeremy Shockey, NFL (1980).

August 17

1933 – Lou Gehrig plays in his 1,308th consecutive game, breaking the previous record.

1963 – Jim Hickman becomes the first New York Mets player to hit for the cycle.

1969 – In the 51st PGA Championship, Ray Floyd wins.

1973 – Willie Mays hits his 660th – and final – home run.

1984 – Pete Rose returns to Reds as player-manager – and records 2 hits!

1992 – Dodgers Kevin Gross throws a no-hitter.

1997 – Davis Love III wins the 79th PGA Championship.

Today’s notable birthdays: Boog Powell, MLB (1941); Ed McCaffrey, NFL (1968); Christian Laettner, NBA (1969); Jim Courier, PGA (1970); Jorge Posada, MLB (1971); Antwaan Randle-El, NFL (1979); Dustin Pedroia, MLB (1983); Rudy Gay, NBA (1986).

August 16

1954 – Sports Illustrated begins publishing.

1972 – Gary Player wins the 54th PGA Championship.

2008 – Usain Bolt sets a new 100 metres dash world record of 9.69 seconds at the Beijing Olympics.

Today’s notable birthdays: Frank Gifford, NFL (1930); Christian Okoye, NFL (1961); Todd McNair, NFL (1965); Ben Coates, NFL (1969); Quentin McCracken, MLB (1970); Ryan Longwell, NFL (1974); Colt Brennan, NFL (1983).

Today’s notable deaths: Babe Ruth, MLB (1948); John Roseboro, MLB (2002).

August 15

1960 – Milwaukee Braves Lew Burdette no-hits Phillies, 1-0.

1989 – In 2nd start after cancer treatment, San Francisco pitcher Dave Dravecky breaks his arm pitching to Montreal’s Tim Raines.

1990 – Mark McGwire is the first player ever to hit at least 30 homers in his first four seasons.

1993 – Paul Azinger wins the 75th PGA Championship at the Inverness Club in Ohio.

1997 – LA Dodgers retire Tommy Lasorda’s #2 jersey.

Today’s notable birthdays: Gene Upshaw, NFL (1945); Tom Kelly, MLB manager (1950); Gary Kubiak, NFL (1961); Bubby Brister, NFL (1962); Eric Bieniemy, NFL (1969); Yancy Thigpen, NFL (1969); Carl Edwards, race car driver (1979).

August 14

1932 – 10th Olympics Games closes in Los Angeles.

1939 – First night game in Comiskey Park: White Sox beat Browns, 5-2.

1969 – Miracle Mets of 1969 fall 9.5 games out of first place, only to win pennant at end of year.

1981 – The Phillies Mike Schmidt hits HR #300.

1993 – Yankees retire Reggie Jackson’s #44.

Today’s notable birthdays: Earl Weaver, MLB manager (1930); Mark Fidrych, MLB (1954); Rusty Wallace, racer (1956); Magic Johnson, NBA (1959); Mark Gubicza, MLB (1962); Ed O’Bannon, NCAA star (1972); Wayne Chrebet, NFL (1973); Mike Vrabel, NFL (1975); Juan Pierra, MLB (1977); Roy Williams, NFL (1980); Tim Tebow, NFL (1987).

Today’s notable deaths: Enzo Ferrari, sports car manufacturer (1988); Pee Wee Reese, MLB (1999).

August 13

1948 – At 42, Satchel Page pitches in his first major league game.

1950 – Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA World Golf Championship.

1995 – In the 77th PGA Championship Steve Elkington shoots a 267 at Riviera, Calif to win.

Today’s notable birthdays: Ben Hogan, golfer (1912); Scott Hamilton, figure skater (1958); Tom Niedenfuer, MLB (1959); Jay Buhner, MLB (1964); Chris Dishman, NFL (1965); Mark Lemke, MLB (1965); Elvis Grbac, NFL (1970); Jarrod Washburn, MLB (1974).

Today’s notable deaths: Mickey Mantle, MLB (1995); Tom Mees, ESPN broadcaster (1996); Phil Rizzuto, MLB (2007).

August 12

1951 – Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA World Golf Championship.

1963 – Stan Musial announces he will retire at the end of the season.

1965 – Milwaukee Brewers applies for a National League franchise.

1969 – Boston Celtics sold for $6 million.

1970 – Curt Flood loses his $41 million antitrust suit against MLB.

1974 – Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 Red Sox.

1974 – Mikey Mantle and Whitey Ford become the first set of teammates elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on the same day.

1994 – Members of MLB Player’s Associate go on strike.

Today’s notable birthdays: Christy Matthewson, MLB Hall of Famer (1880); Greg Manusky, NFL (1966); Pete Sampras, tennis (1971); Regan Upshaw, NFL (1975); Antoine Walker, NBA (1976); Plaxico Burress, NFL (1977); Chris Chambers, NFL (1978).

Today’s notable death: Enos Slaughter, MLB Hall of Fame (2002).

August 11

1919 – Green Bay Packers are founded.

1929 – Babe Ruth is the first to hit 500 home runs.

1961 – Warren Spahn wins his 300th career game.

1970 – Jim Bunning becomes the second pitcher – Cy Young is the first – to win 100 games in each league.

1980 – Reggie Jackson hits HR #400.

1984 – Cincinnati Reds retire Johnny Bench’s #5 jersey.

Today’s notable birthdays: Hulk Hogan, wrestler (1953); Craig Ehlo, NBA (1961); Melky Cabrera, MLB (1984).

Today’s notable deaths: Herb Brooks, hockey coach (2003); Eunice Kennedy Shriver, JFK’s sister & founder of Special Olympics (2009).

August 10

1981 – Pete Rose breaks Stan Musial’s NL hits record.

1984 – Mary Decker trips on heel of Zola Budd during 3,000m Olympic run.

Today’s notable birthdays: Rocky Colavito, MLB (1933); John Starks, NBA (1965); Riddick Bowe, boxer (1967); Gino Toretta, Heisman winner (1970).

August 9

1936 – Jesse Owens wins 4th gold medal at Berlin Olympics.

1971 – Satchel Page inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame.

1976 – Pittsburgh’s John Candeleria no-hits the Dodgers.

1988 – Cubs beat Mets, 6-4, in their first official night game at Wrigley Field.

Today’s notable birthdays: Ralph Houk, MLB (1919); Bob Cousy, NBA (1928); Rod Laver, tennis & now adidas shoe magnate (1938); Claude Osteen, MLB (1939); Tommie Agee, MLB (1942); Ken Norton, boxer (1943); Doug Williams, NFL (1955); Brett Hull, NHL (1964); Vinny Del Negro, NBA (1966); Deion Sanders, NFL & MLB (1967); Chamique Holdsclaw, WNBA (1977); JaMarcus Russell, bust (1985).

Today’s notable death: Walter O’Malley, Dodgers CEO (1975).

August 8

1950 – Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA All-American Golf Open.

1970 – Yankees retire Casey Stengel’s #37.

1987 – Rob Deer strikes out five times in a game.

1990 – Carlton Fisk hits home run #327, tying Johnny Bench for most by a catcher.

1990 – Pete Rose begins serving his five-month prison sentence.

1997 – Randy Johnson, pitching for Seattle, strikes out 19 White Sox.

Today’s notable birthdays: Jerry Tarkanian, NCAA/NBA coach (1930); Frank Howard, MLB (1936); Bruce Matthews, NFL (1961); Ben “Dizz” Alkaly, PR man extraordinaire (1977); Rashard Lewis, NBA (1979); Roger Federer, tennis (1981).

Today’s notable deaths: Gene Mauch, MLB (2005).

August 7

1956 – Ted Williams fined $5,000 for spitting at Red Sox fans.

1990 – New York Yankees’ Kevin Maas sets a record by hitting his 12th homer in his first 92 at-bats.

1992 – Tampa Bay group agrees to purchase San Francisco Giants.

2007 – Barry Bonds hits home run #756 to break Hank Aaron’s record.

Today’s notable birthdays: Don Larsen, MLB (1929); Edgar Renteria, MLB (1975); Shane Lechler, NFL (1976).

August 6

1890 – Cy Young pitches – and wins – his first game.

1981 – Due to MLB strike, the Yankees, A’s, Dodgers and Phillies are declared first half champions.

1988 – Goose Gossage records his 300th career save.

1989 – Red Sox retire Carl Yastremski’s number.

Today’s notable birthdays: Clem Labine, MLB (1926); Andy Messersmith, MLB (1945); Bob Horner, MLB (1957); Dale Ellis, NBA (1960); David Robinson, NBA (1965).

Today’s notable death: Tony Lazzeri, MLB (1946).

August 5

1936 – At Berlin Olympics, Jesse Owens wins his his third medal.

1973 – Phil Neikro of Atlanta no-hits San Diego.

1979 – Willie Mays highlights Hall of Fame inductee class.

Today’s notable birthdays: Patrick Ewing, NBA (1962); John Olerud, MLB (1968); Eric Hinske, MLB (1977); Mark Mulder, MLB (1977); Carl Crawford, MLB (1981); Paula Creamer, LPGA (1986).

Today’s notable deaths: Paul Brown, NFL founder (1991); Chick Hearn, Hall of Fame broadcaster (2002).

August 4

1984 – Carl Lewis wins gold in 100-meter dash in Summer Olympics in L.A.

1985 – Tom Seaver wins #300 while with White Sox.

1995 – Darryl Strawberry joins the Yankees. And, aren’t you glad he did?

Today’s notable birthdays: Dallas Green, MLB manager (1934); John Riggins, NFL (1949); Roger Clemens, MLB (1962); BJ Surhoff, MLB (1964); Kurt Busch, NASCAR (1978).

August 3

1921 – Eight White Sox acquitted in throwing 1919 World Series games but commissioner Kennesaw Landis throws them out of baseball.

1949 – NBA is officially formed as Basketball Association of America and National Basketball League form.

1992 – Dodgers win 3,000th game since moving to L.A.

1997 – Phil Mickelson wins Sprint International.

Today’s notable birthdays: Lance Alworth, NFL Hall of Famer (1940); Kevin Elster, MLB (1964); Nat McMillan, NBA (1964); Rod Beck, MLB (1968); Sandis Ozolinsh, NHL (1972); Troy Glaus, MLB (1976); Tom Brady, NFL (1977).

August 2

1907 – MLB Hall of Famer Walter Johnson makes his debut. Loses.

1959 – Willie McCovery hits the first of his 521 career homers.

1973 – George Brett records his first career hit.

1982 – Rickey Henderson steals his 100th base of the season.

1993 – Peter Angelos purchases Baltimore Orioles. The disaster begins.

Today’s notable birthdays: Tim Wakefield, MLB (1966); Cedric Ceballos, NBA (1969); Matt Guerrier, MLB (1978); Grady Sizemore, MLB (1982).

Today’s notable death: Thurmon Munson, MLB, dies in plane crash. (1979)

August 1

1978 – Pete Rose’s hitting streak ends at 44 games.

1982 – Greg Louganis is first US diver to score over 700 on 11 dives.

1986 – John McEnroe marries actress Tatum O’Neal.

1987 – Mike Tyson defeats Tony Tucker in 12 rounds to capture heavyweight title.

1993 – Reggie Jackson enshrined in Hall of Fame.

Today’s notable birthdays: Nancy Lopez, LPGA (1952); Gregg Jeffries, MLB (1967); Stacey Augmon, NBA (1968); Quentin Coryatt, NFL (1970); Edgerrin James, NFL (1978).

Today’s notable death: Korey Stringer, NFL (2001).

July 31

1978 – Pete Rose ties NL hitting streak at 44 games.

1987 – Eddie Murray hits HR #300.

1990 – Nolan Ryan wins game #300.

Today’s notable birthdays: Curt Gowdy, broadcaster (1919); Bill Callahan, NFL coach (1956); Leon Durham, MLB (1957); Mark Cuban, NBA owner (1958); Mike Bielecki, MLB (1959); Kevin Greene, NFL (1962); Andre Ware, Heisman winner (1968); Gus Frerotte, NFL (1971); Jonathan Ogden, NFL (1974); Tim Couch, NFL (1977).

July 30

1959 – In major league debut Willie McCovey goes 4-for-4.

1990 – George Steinbrenner is forced to resign as principal partner of Yankees by baseball commissioner Fay Vincent.

1995 – Richie Ashburn and Mike Schmidt enter Hall of Fame.

Today’s notable birthdays: Casey Stengel, MLB Hall of Fame (1890); Bud Selig, MLB commissioner (1934); Clint Hurdle, Pirates manager (1957; read about his team here); Reggie Roby, NFL (1961); Tom Pagnozzi, MLB (1962); Chris Mullin, NBA (1963); Jim McIlvaine, NBA (1972); Graeme McDowell, golfer (1979); Kevin Pittsnogle, NCAA basketball star (1984).

Today’s notable death: Bill Walsh, NFL (2007).

July 29 

1961 – Phillies lose 1st of 23 straight games.

1978 – Yankees announce that Billy Martin will become manager in 1980.

1988 – Orioles trade Mike Boddicker to Red Sox for Curt Schilling and Brady Anderson.

1989 – White Sox trade Harold Baines to Rangers for Scott Fletcher and Sammy Sosa.

1995 – Monica Seles defeats Martina Naratilova in her return to tennis.

Today’s notable birthdays: Ken Burns, documentary filmmaker (1953); Luis Alicea, MLB journeyman (1965); Sean LaChappelle, NFL receiver (1970); Ryan Braun, MLB (1980); Chad Billingsley, MLB (1984).

July 28

1983 – The infamous George Brett “pine tar” game.

1989 – Braves Dale Murphy, hits 2 3-run HRs in an inning, 14th man to hit 2 HRs in an inning. Also ties record of 6 RBIs in an inning.

1991 – Dennis Martinez pitches a perfect game as Expos beat Dodgers in LA.

1994 – Kenny Rogers tosses perfect game, the 14th in MLB history and first since Martinez’s.

Today’s notable birthdays: Vida Blue, MLB (1949); Garth Snow, NHL (1969); Manu Ginobili, NBA (1977); DeMeco Ryans, NFL (1984).

July 27

1983 – Gaylord Perry wins first game as a Royal, K’s his 3,500th career batter, joining Nolan Ryan and Steve Carlton, who also did it in ‘83.

1986 – Greg LeMond becomes the first American to win the Tour de France.

1992 – Astros begin 26-game road trip because the Republican National Convention takes over the Astrodome.

1996 – A bomb explodes in Atlanta’s Olympic Park. Years later, Richard Jewell is finally exonerated of this crime.

Today’s notable birthdays: Joseph Tinker, MLB (1880, part of famous Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance double play combo); Leo Durocher, MLB manager (1906);Peggy Fleming, figure skater (1948); Tom Goodwin, MLB (1968); Alex Rodriguez, MLB (1975).

Today’s notable deaths: Reggie Lewis, Boston Celtics player dies of heart failure (1993).

July 26 

1957 – Mickey Mantle hits HR #200.

1978 – Johnny Bench hits HR #300.

1984 – Pete Rose ties Ty Cobb with his 3,052nd single. (Reminds us of the Caddyshack line: “Wanna tie me up with one of your ties, Ty?)

1991 – Montreal’s Mark Gardner no-hits the Dodgers through 9, but loses in the 10th.

Today’s notable birthdays: Hoyt Wilhelm, MLB Hall of Famer (1923); Dorothy Hamill, Olympic skater (1956); Joe Smith, NBA (1975); Delonte West, NBA (1983).


July 25

1990 – Rosanne Barr butchers the National Anthem at a Padres game. (Video here … by the way, my date is right, the video’s is wrong!)

1992 – The Olympics open in Barcelona.

1997 – Brett Favre re-signs with Packers for $50 million over seven years. When that contract is over, the nation is then held hostage each ensuing year.

Today’s notable birthdays: Walter Payton, NFL (1954); Doug Drabek (1962; read about Drabek’s Pirates!); Ed Sprague, MLB & now U of Pacific head coach (1967); Jon Barry, NBA (1969); Tracy Murray, NBA (1971); Javier Vazquez, MLB (1976).

July 24

1969 – Muhammad Ali is convicted for refusing to serve in US Army.

1978 – Pete Rose ties NL record with hits in 37 straight games.

1993 – Anthony Young of the Mets loses his 27th straight decision.

2005 – Lance Armstrong retires after winning his 7th straight Tour de France.

Today’s notable birthdays: Karl Malone, NBA (1963); Barry Bonds, baseball’s HR king (1964); Rick Fox, NBA (1969).

July 23

1978 – Steve Carlton wins his 200th game.

1987 – Red Sox waive Bill Buckner, less than a year after he was the goat of the World Series.

2009 – Mark Buehrle tosses perfect game vs. Tampa Bay. Perfecto is saved by agreat play from DeWayne Wise.

Today’s notable birthdays: Pee Wee Reese, MLB Hall of Famer (1918); Don Drysdale, MLB Hall of Famer (1936); Gary Payton, NBA guard (1968); Nomar Garciaparra, MLB (1973);

July 22

1990 – Greg LeMond wins his 3rd Tour de France.

Today’s notable birthdays: Dave Steib, MLB pitcher (1957); Shawn Michaels, pro wrestler (1965); Tim Brown, Notre Dame and NFL WR (1966); Keyshawn Johnson, WR and #1 overall pick (1972); Mike Sweeney, MLB (1973); Steven Jackson, Rams RB (1983).

Today’s notable deaths: Mike Coolbaugh (2007).

July 21

1959 – Red Sox become final team to use a black player when Pumpsie Green plays. Further proof that Boston is an incredibly racist town.

1979 – Seve Ballesteros shoots a 283 to win the British Open.

1989 – Greg LeMond wins the Tour de France in the event’s fastest time.

1989 – Mike Tyson knocks out Carl Williams in 1:33 for heavyweight title. (See Throwback Attack story).

Today’s notable birthdays: Al Hrabosky, the Mad Hungarian (1949); Doug Collins(1951); Henry Ellard (1961); Brandi Chastain (1968); David Carr (1979); CC Sabathia (1980).

Today’s notable deaths: Jimmie Foxx, 59 (1967).

July 20

1976 – Hank Aaron hits his 755th, and final, home run.

2000 – The leaders of Salt Lake City’s bid to win the 2002 Winter Olympics are indicted by a federal grand jury for bribery, fraud, and racketeering. This proves, again, that the Olympics are overrated and not as pure as everyone will have you believe.

Today’s notable birthdays: Peter Forsberg (1973); Bengie Molina (1974); Ray Allen (aka Jesus Shuttlesworth, 1975); Heisman winner Troy Smith (1984).

July 19

1973 – Willie Mays named to 24th All-Star Team, tying him with Stan Musial for most all-time.

1991 – Cal Ripken plays in 1,500th consecutive game.

1991 – Mike Tyson rapes Desiree Washington.

Today’s notable birthdays: Stuart Scott, the Boo-ya King (1965) – sports journalism is never the same; Vitali Klitschko (1971); Rick Ankiel, king of the yips (1979).


July 18

1960 – Baseball votes to add Houston and Mets franchises.

1961 – MLB commish Ford Frick rules that anyone who breaks Babe Ruth’s home run record of 60 must do so in 154 games, not 162.

1970 – Willie Mays records his 3,000th hit.

Today’s notable birthdays: Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway (1972); 9-time Gold Glove winner Torii Hunter (1975).

July 16

1941 – Joe DiMaggio goes 3-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 56 games. The record ends the next day, however, DiMaggio hit in the next 16 games after the record streak.

1987 – Don Mattingly hits his 4th grand slam of season & ties AL record of homers in 6 straight games (on way to tie major league record of 8)

Today’s notable birthdays: OJ Simpson (1947 – will they celebrate in prison?);Barry Sanders (1968).

July 15

1980 – Johnny Bench hits his 314th HR as a catcher breaks Yogi Berra’s record.

1986 – Roger Clemens is named All-Star Game MVP at the Astrodome in Houston. Fairly relevant considering what has happened to him.

Today’s notable birthdays: Alex Karras (1935) better remembered for his turns on Webster than his NFL career; Jesse “The Body” Ventura (1952) better remembered for being the governor of Minnesota than his wrestling career;

July 14

1995 – Ramon Martinez of the L.A. Dodgers no-hits Florida, 7-0, using nothing but fastballs.

1996 – John Wetteland sets a then-record with 24 consecutive saves. Turns out if he was juiced out of his mind, he could have challenged Eric Gagne’s 84 straight.

Today’s notable birthdays: MLB’s Robin Ventura (1967), who got his ass whipped by Nolan Ryan; NBA’s Erick Dampier (1974); MLB’s Tim Hudson (1975).

July 13

1985 – NY Yankees retire Roger Maris (9) & Elston Howard (32) uniforms.

Today’s notable birthdays: Tony Kornheiser (1948), Spud Webb (1963, with his own website and phone number), Shin Soo Choo (1982), Yadier Molina(1982).

July 12

1979 – “Disco Demolition Night” at Comiskey Park, causes fans to go wild & forces White Sox to forfeit 2nd game of a doubleheader to Tigers (see post here).

1990 – The White Sox’s Melido Perez no-hits Yankees 8-0 in a rain shortened 6 inning game at Yankee Stadium. It was the 7th no-hitter of 1990.

1996 – Kirby Puckett retires.

July 11

1914 – Babe Ruth makes his debut with the Red Sox as a pitcher and beats Cleveland, 4-3.

1989 – 60th All-Star Game; AL wins 5-3 at Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim All star MVP:Bo Jackson (KC Royals). Jackson led off the bottom of the 1st inning with a monster home run (see it here: http://youtu.be/FLx4VcBaNo8)

Today’s notable birthdays: boxer Leon Spinks (1953), Houston Texans WR and fantasy stud Andre Johnson (1981).

July 10

1914 – Boston Red Sox purchase Babe Ruth from Baltimore Orioles. Good move. Until they sell him in 1919 and are doomed for 86 years.

1992 – Major Soccer League folds. In 1996, Major League Soccer debuts, in essence switching the acronym from MSL to MLS. Turns out it’s still boring to watch.

Today’s notable birthdays: Andre Dawson (1954), NFL’s Roger Craig (1960).

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