THIS DATE IN SPORTS HISTORY
1914 – CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Toronto Argonauts win first Championship; beat U of Toronto Blues, 14-2.
1943 – NFL: Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers merger dissolves.
1947 – Joe Louis beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for heavyweight boxing title.
1948 – NY Giant Charley Conerly sets NFL record of 36 pass completions.
1949 – Ezzard Charles defeats Jersey Joe Walcott for heavyweight boxing title.
1958 – Phils drop plans for NY sportscast as Yanks threat to do same in Philadelphia.
1968 – Future Hockey Hall of Fame center Phil Esposito of the Boston Bruins scores 2 goals in his goaltender brother Tony’s (also HOF) NHL debut for the Montreal Canadiens; 2-2 tie.
1970 LA Rams Willie Ellison sets NFL record of 247 yards rushing.
1970 Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy & Bill Masterson Trophy stolen from Hockey Hall of Fame.
1973 – Chicago Cubs Ron Santo becomes 1st baseball player to invoke 10-5 rule and veto his trade (with the California Angels).
1974 – NFL’s Seattle Seahawks forms.
1978 – Free agent Pete Rose signs 4-year, $32 million contract with Phillies becoming highest paid baseball player.
1982 – Cleveland Browns’ Brian Sipe sets club record with 33 pass completions.
1982 – Mel Gray ends NFL streak of 121 consecutive game receptions.
1996 – Portland’s Jermaine O’Neal at 18 becomes the youngest NBA player.
2006 – Greg Maddux signs a one-year deal with the San Diego Padres worth $10 million.