Today In Sport History

Posted: November 8, 2007 in Today in history

Welcome to today highlights in sporting history. It was a day like today in 1731 when self taught genius, Benjamin Franklin, opened the 1st Library in US at Philadelphia. And in 1734, Cook Vincent La Chappele forms free masons lodge.  If you are aware of an interesting story that I have missed please tell me and I will post it next time.

In 1920, Baseball meeting to depose Ban Johnson is set for Nov 12th. He was a visionary who turned Western League, a minor faltering league into the best run league in all of Baseball.

He formed the American league, Johnson ruled the American League with an iron hand. He brooked no criticism, and made it very difficult for men he didn’t like to buy into the league. His greed for power led to a fall out after the infamous Black Sox Scandal during 1919 season.

In 1966, President Johnson signs anti-trust immunity to AFL-NFL merger.

In 1970, Tom Dempsey of New Orleans Saints Kicks NFL record 63 yard (51 meters) field goal.

In 1978, Australia beat England by 7 runs to win Cricket World Cup.

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