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This Day in Sports History


1915 – Jacob Ruppert and Colonal Tillinghast Houston Purchase the New York Yankees for $460,000. Rupport pays his portion in cash.

1960 – Unknown to a lot of boxing fans, LaMar Clark sets a pro boxing record of 44 consecutive knockouts.  Twenty eight of which were registered in the first round.

1967 – San Diego is granted an NBA franchise called the Rockets. The franchise later moves to Houston for the 1971-72 season.

1970 – Super Bowl IV takes place at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. The Kansas City Chiefs, led by Lew Wallace grad Hank Stram at head coach. defeat the Minnesota Vikings 23-7. KC Quarterback Len Dawson is the MVP.

1973 – MLB’s American League adopts the designated hitter rule.

1977 –  The Chicago Cubs trade Outfielder Rick Monday to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Bill Buckner.

1983 – The New York Yankees name Billy Martin as their new manager. This marks the third time that Martin has managed the Yankees.

1983 – The Edmonton Oiler’s Pat Hughes breaks Wayne Gretzky’s NHL record for the fastest two shorthanded goals by one player at just 25 seconds apart in a 7-5 win over St. Louis.

1984 – The Denver Nuggets down the San Antonio Spurs 163-155 in the highest scoring non overtime NBA Game.

1990 – Indiana University head basketball coach, Bobby Knight becomes the Big Ten’s winningest coach (229).

1990 – New York Islander Pat LaFontaine sets Islander record for scoring goals in 11 straight games.

1995 – NHLPA and the owners agree to end a 103 day lockout. The Lockout caused the season to be shortened to 48 games, at that time the shortest season in 53 years.

2001 – The New York Knicks hold an opponent under 100 points for an NBA record 29 consecutive games. The streak snaps a 46 year old NBA record of 28 straight games set by the Fort Wayne Pistons in 1954-55.

2004 – “4th and 26”  Trailing the Green Bay Packers by three in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game,  The Philadelphia Eagles  face a 4th & 26 on their drive. Donovan McNabb hits Freddie Mitchell for 29 yards. The Eagles tie the game and go on to win in overtime.

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