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This Day in Sports History


1943 – Alex Smart of the Montreal Canadiens becomes the first player in NHL history to record a hat trick in their first career game. Smart accomplished the feat in a 5-1 win over the Blackhawks.

1946 – The Boston Yanks select Notre Dame’s Frank Dancewicz with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft.

1951 – The first official NFL Pro Bowl is held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Otto Graham is crowned MVP. 

1961 – Willard Dewveall of the Bears becomes the first NFL player to leave the league for the AFL.

1968 – Behind an MVP performance from quarterback Bart Starr, the Green Bay Packers beat the John Madden coached Oakland Raiders 33-14 in Super Bowl II.

1973 – The Miami Dolphins beat the Washington Redskins 14-7 to win Super Bowl VII. Dolphins safety Jake Scott is named MVP. With the win, Miami completes what is to date the only undefeated season in NFL history.

1985 – Martina Navratilova becomes the third tennis player to win 100 tournaments.

1987 – Cubs slugger Billy Williams is elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame along with Catfish Hunter.

2020 – The Red Sox fire manager Alex Cora amid MLB’s investigation of sign-stealing by the Houston Astros. Cora was previously the bench coach in Houston.

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