• 1907 – New York Giants catcher Roger Bresnahan becomes the first catcher to wear shin guards. The Giants also end up having to forfeit the game due to fans throwing snowballs on the field.

  • 1921 – The first sports radio broadcast takes place – a boxing match between Johnny Ray & Johnny Dundee.

  • 1961 – Carl Yastrzemski of the Red Sox records his first career hit. Would finish his career with 3,419 hits.

  • 1962 – The New York Mets play in their first ever game. They lose.

  • 1966 – Jack Nicklaus becomes the first golfer in history to win back-to-back Masters titles.

  • 1989 – Flyers goalie Ron Hextall becomes the first goaltender to score a goal in a playoff game.

  • 1998 – Michael Jordan records his 5,000th career assist.

  • 1999 – The Rockies at Dodgers game in LA is rained out. It’s the first Dodger rainout in Los Angeles in 856 games.

  • 2001 – 43 people are killed and another 160 are injured during a stampede at a soccer match in Johannesburg, South Africa.


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