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This Day in Sports History


1894 – The University of Chicago defeats Chicago YMCA 19-11 in the first basketball game to feature a college team.

1937 – Tris Speaker and Cy Young are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

1954 – Archie Moore beats Joey Maxim in a 15 round unanimous decision to retain his world light heavyweight boxing title. It’s the third of a famous trilogy of fights between the two, all won by Moore.

1966 – Wisconsin State Circuit Court Judge Elmer W. Roller rules that either the Braves must stay in Milwaukee or the National League must guarantee the state of Wisconsin an expansion team for 1966.

1967 – The New Orleans Saints sign the first player in franchise history – kicker Paige Cothren.

1969 – Chuck Noll is hired as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He would go on to win four Super Bowl titles with the team.

1970 – The Steelers select Louisiana Tech quarterback Terry Bradshaw with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft.

1973 – UCLA’s men’s basketball team sets and NCAA record by winning their 61st consecutive game.

1982 – The Philadelphia Phillies trade Ryne Sandberg and Larry Bowa to the Cubs for Ivan DeJesus.

1989 – Detroit Red Wings center Steve Yzerman becomes the fourth player in NHL history to record 100 points in 50 games or less.

1991 – The New York Giants edge the Buffalo Bills 20-19 to win Super Bowl XXV. Giants running back Ottis Anderson is named MVP. Bills kicker Scott Norwood misses a field goal to the right with eight seconds remaining in the game.

2013 – Seven people are killed and three more are injured after a retaining wall collapses during a soccer match at the Ugur Sports Facility in Turkey.

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