This Day in Sports History 2017-08-07T11:37:47+00:00

April 2018

This Day in Sports History: 4/4

  • 1948- Connie Mack, 84, challenges Clark Griffith, 78, to a race from home to first base and they tied.

  • 1974- Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth’s home-run record, hitting his 714th.

  • 1985- Tulane cancels basketball season due to a scandal.

  • 1986- Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record with 213 points in one season.

  • 1988- 50th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Kansas over Oklahoma 83-79.

  • 1988- Eddie Hill becomes the world’s first driver to cover a quarter mile in under five seconds.

  • 1989- Tommy John, New York Yankees, ties record of playing 26 seasons.

  • 1994- Darryl Strawberry, LA Dodgers, begins substance abuse treatment.

  • 1997- Anaheim Ducks clinch their first ever playoff berth.

  • 1998- NFL Europe kicks off season.

This Day in Sports History: 4/3

  • 1908- Frank Gotch wins world heavyweight wrestling championship in two hours.

  • 1923- Two “Black Sox” sue White Sox and lose for back salary.

  • 1935- Yasuo Ikenada runs world record marathon at 2:26:44

  • 1936- Shortest boxing bout, lasting only ten seconds.

  • 1955- Baltimore Orioles pull off their first triple play, 3-6-2.

  • 1976- Philadelphia Flyers win record tying 20th straight NHL home game.

  • 1987- Bill Elliott sets NASCAR qualify record of 212.809 mph at Talladega.

  • 1988- Mario Lemieux wins NHL scoring title, stopping Gretzky’s seven-year streak.

  • 1991- Bo Jackson signs one-year deal with the Chicago White Sox.

  • 1994- First roster of Silver Bullets, all female professional baseball team, announced.

  • 1996- St. Francis Fighting Saints score collegiate baseball record, 71 runs. 

This Day in Sports History: 4/2

  • 1984 – Georgetown defeats Houston 84-75 to win the NCAA men’s basketball championship.

  • 1986 – Paul Coffey of the Edmonton Oilers sets a record for defensemen by scoring his 47th goal of the season.

  • 1986 – The NCAA adds the three-pointer to college basketball.

  • 1996 – The Vancouver Grizzlies lose their 23rd consecutive game – an NBA record.

  • 2001 – Duke beats Arizona 82-72 to win the NCAA men’s hoops tournament.

  • 2001 – Ichiro Suzuki makes his MLB debut. He goes on to win Rookie of the Year & MVP in the same season.

  • 2003 – Alex Rodriguez becomes the youngest player in MLB history to hit 300 career home runs.

March 2018

This Day in Sports History: 3/31

  • 1906 – The Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States is founded to set rules in amateur sports. Four year later, the organization would change its name to the NCAA.

  • 1923 – King Clancy of the Ottawa Senators played all six positions in game #2 of the Stanley Cup Final. He played goalie for two minutes while Clint Benedict served a penalty.

  • 1931 – Legendary Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne is killed in a plane crash.

  • 1968 – It’s announced that the new Seattle franchise in the American League, which would begin play in 1969, will be called “The Pilots”. They last one season in Seattle before relocating to Milwaukee.

  • 1973 – Ken Norton defeats Muhammad Ali in a 12 round split decision bout.

  • 1975 – UCLA defeats Kentucky 92-85 in the NCAA men’s basketball national championship. It’s John Wooden’s final game as coach of the Bruins and the team’s 10th title in the last 12 years.

  • 1976 – The Cleveland Cavaliers clinch a playoff berth for the first time in franchise history.

  • 1991 – Brett Hull of the St. Louis Blues scores his 86th goal of the season. It’s the third highest total in league history.

  • 1992 – Phoenix Suns coach Cotton Fitzsimmons becomes the sixth coach in NBA history to win 800 career games.

  • 1998 – The Tampa Bay Devil Rays & the Arizona Diamondbacks both play their first ever games. Both lose.

This Day in Sports History: 3/30

  • 1925 – The Victoria Cougars of the WCHL become the last non-NHL team to win the Stanley Cup.

  • 1940 – Indiana defeats Kansas 60-42 to win the NCAA men’s basketball national championship. It’s the first title in program history.

  • 1976 – Paul Silas becomes the third player in NBA history to record 10,000 rebounds before he reaches 10,000 points.

  • 1980 – George “The Ice Man” Gervin becomes the fifth player in NBA history to win three consecutive scoring titles.

  • 1981 – Indiana defeats North Carolina 63-50 to win the NCAA men’s basketball national championship. Isiah Thomas scored 23 points for the Hoosiers in the victory.

  • 1987 – Keith Smart hits a jump shot in the waning seconds of the NCAA men’s basketball championship to give IU a 74-73 win over Syracuse.

  • 1992 – The Cubs trade George Bell to the White Sox for Sammy Sosa & Ken Patterson.

  • 1993 – The Ottawa Senators lose their 37th consecutive road game, tying an NHL record that dates back to 1975.

  • 1995 – The Bulls beat Boston at home 100-82. It was the first of 44 consecutive home wins for Chicago.

  • 2001 – The Philadelphia 76ers retire Charles Barkley’s #3.

This Day in Sports History: 3/29

  • 1929 – The Boston Bruins beat the New York Rangers in the first Stanley Cup Final between two US teams.

  • 1962 – Elgin Baylor (45 points) & Jerry West (41 points) become the first teammates to score 40 or more points in an NBA playoff game. The Lakers still lost to Detroit 118-117.

  • 1976 – Indiana defeats Michigan 86-68 to win the NCAA men’s basketball championship, ending the season a perfect 32-0.

  • 1982 – Michael Jordan hits a jump shot with 16 seconds left to give North Carolina a 63-62 victory over Georgetown in the NCAA men’s basketball national championship game.

  • 1984 – Under the cover of night, the Baltimore Colts organization moves to Indianapolis.

  • 1985 – Wayne Gretzky breaks his own record with his 126th assist of the season.

  • 1989 – Hockey players from the Soviet Union are permitted to play in the NHL for the first time.

  • 1990 – Hakeem Olajuwon records the third quadruple-double in NBA history with 18 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists & 11 blocks.

  • 1994 – Jimmy Johnson resigns as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Johnson led the team to two Super Bowl championships.

  • 1996 – The Vancouver Grizzlies set an NBA record with their 21st consecutive loss.

  • 2013 – Jaromir Jagr becomes the 12th player, and first non-Canadian, in NHL history to record 1,000 career assists.

  • 2014 – Marquette Catholic wins the boys basketball 1A state championship with a 70-66 overtime win over Barr-Reeve. Bowman (3A) & Lake Central (4A) fall in their bids to win state titles.

 

404, 2018

This Day in Sports History: 4/4

  • 1948- Connie Mack, 84, challenges Clark Griffith, 78, to a race from home to first base and they tied.

  • 1974- Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth’s home-run record, hitting his 714th.

  • 1985- Tulane cancels basketball season due to a scandal.

  • 1986- Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record with 213 points in one season.

  • 1988- 50th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Kansas over Oklahoma 83-79.

  • 1988- Eddie Hill becomes the world’s first driver to cover a quarter mile in under five seconds.

  • 1989- Tommy John, New York Yankees, ties record of playing 26 seasons.

  • 1994- Darryl Strawberry, LA Dodgers, begins substance abuse treatment.

  • 1997- Anaheim Ducks clinch their first ever playoff berth.

  • 1998- NFL Europe kicks off season.

304, 2018

This Day in Sports History: 4/3

  • 1908- Frank Gotch wins world heavyweight wrestling championship in two hours.

  • 1923- Two “Black Sox” sue White Sox and lose for back salary.

  • 1935- Yasuo Ikenada runs world record marathon at 2:26:44

  • 1936- Shortest boxing bout, lasting only ten seconds.

  • 1955- Baltimore Orioles pull off their first triple play, 3-6-2.

  • 1976- Philadelphia Flyers win record tying 20th straight NHL home game.

  • 1987- Bill Elliott sets NASCAR qualify record of 212.809 mph at Talladega.

  • 1988- Mario Lemieux wins NHL scoring title, stopping Gretzky’s seven-year streak.

  • 1991- Bo Jackson signs one-year deal with the Chicago White Sox.

  • 1994- First roster of Silver Bullets, all female professional baseball team, announced.

  • 1996- St. Francis Fighting Saints score collegiate baseball record, 71 runs. 

204, 2018

This Day in Sports History: 4/2

  • 1984 – Georgetown defeats Houston 84-75 to win the NCAA men’s basketball championship.

  • 1986 – Paul Coffey of the Edmonton Oilers sets a record for defensemen by scoring his 47th goal of the season.

  • 1986 – The NCAA adds the three-pointer to college basketball.

  • 1996 – The Vancouver Grizzlies lose their 23rd consecutive game – an NBA record.

  • 2001 – Duke beats Arizona 82-72 to win the NCAA men’s hoops tournament.

  • 2001 – Ichiro Suzuki makes his MLB debut. He goes on to win Rookie of the Year & MVP in the same season.

  • 2003 – Alex Rodriguez becomes the youngest player in MLB history to hit 300 career home runs.

3103, 2018

This Day in Sports History: 3/31

  • 1906 – The Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States is founded to set rules in amateur sports. Four year later, the organization would change its name to the NCAA.

  • 1923 – King Clancy of the Ottawa Senators played all six positions in game #2 of the Stanley Cup Final. He played goalie for two minutes while Clint Benedict served a penalty.

  • 1931 – Legendary Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne is killed in a plane crash.

  • 1968 – It’s announced that the new Seattle franchise in the American League, which would begin play in 1969, will be called “The Pilots”. They last one season in Seattle before relocating to Milwaukee.

  • 1973 – Ken Norton defeats Muhammad Ali in a 12 round split decision bout.

  • 1975 – UCLA defeats Kentucky 92-85 in the NCAA men’s basketball national championship. It’s John Wooden’s final game as coach of the Bruins and the team’s 10th title in the last 12 years.

  • 1976 – The Cleveland Cavaliers clinch a playoff berth for the first time in franchise history.

  • 1991 – Brett Hull of the St. Louis Blues scores his 86th goal of the season. It’s the third highest total in league history.

  • 1992 – Phoenix Suns coach Cotton Fitzsimmons becomes the sixth coach in NBA history to win 800 career games.

  • 1998 – The Tampa Bay Devil Rays & the Arizona Diamondbacks both play their first ever games. Both lose.

3003, 2018

This Day in Sports History: 3/30

  • 1925 – The Victoria Cougars of the WCHL become the last non-NHL team to win the Stanley Cup.

  • 1940 – Indiana defeats Kansas 60-42 to win the NCAA men’s basketball national championship. It’s the first title in program history.

  • 1976 – Paul Silas becomes the third player in NBA history to record 10,000 rebounds before he reaches 10,000 points.

  • 1980 – George “The Ice Man” Gervin becomes the fifth player in NBA history to win three consecutive scoring titles.

  • 1981 – Indiana defeats North Carolina 63-50 to win the NCAA men’s basketball national championship. Isiah Thomas scored 23 points for the Hoosiers in the victory.

  • 1987 – Keith Smart hits a jump shot in the waning seconds of the NCAA men’s basketball championship to give IU a 74-73 win over Syracuse.

  • 1992 – The Cubs trade George Bell to the White Sox for Sammy Sosa & Ken Patterson.

  • 1993 – The Ottawa Senators lose their 37th consecutive road game, tying an NHL record that dates back to 1975.

  • 1995 – The Bulls beat Boston at home 100-82. It was the first of 44 consecutive home wins for Chicago.

  • 2001 – The Philadelphia 76ers retire Charles Barkley’s #3.

2903, 2018

This Day in Sports History: 3/29

  • 1929 – The Boston Bruins beat the New York Rangers in the first Stanley Cup Final between two US teams.

  • 1962 – Elgin Baylor (45 points) & Jerry West (41 points) become the first teammates to score 40 or more points in an NBA playoff game. The Lakers still lost to Detroit 118-117.

  • 1976 – Indiana defeats Michigan 86-68 to win the NCAA men’s basketball championship, ending the season a perfect 32-0.

  • 1982 – Michael Jordan hits a jump shot with 16 seconds left to give North Carolina a 63-62 victory over Georgetown in the NCAA men’s basketball national championship game.

  • 1984 – Under the cover of night, the Baltimore Colts organization moves to Indianapolis.

  • 1985 – Wayne Gretzky breaks his own record with his 126th assist of the season.

  • 1989 – Hockey players from the Soviet Union are permitted to play in the NHL for the first time.

  • 1990 – Hakeem Olajuwon records the third quadruple-double in NBA history with 18 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists & 11 blocks.

  • 1994 – Jimmy Johnson resigns as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Johnson led the team to two Super Bowl championships.

  • 1996 – The Vancouver Grizzlies set an NBA record with their 21st consecutive loss.

  • 2013 – Jaromir Jagr becomes the 12th player, and first non-Canadian, in NHL history to record 1,000 career assists.

  • 2014 – Marquette Catholic wins the boys basketball 1A state championship with a 70-66 overtime win over Barr-Reeve. Bowman (3A) & Lake Central (4A) fall in their bids to win state titles.