Today In Sporting History

Posted: November 26, 2007 in Today in history

Welcome to today highlights in sporting history. This was the day in 1991 Condoms were handed out to thousands of NY High School students.

In 1868, 1st baseball game played in enclosed field in San Francisco, at 25th & Folsom

In 1896, 1st large indoor football game, U of Chicago beats U of Michigan 7-6

In 1939, James Naismith Basketball inventor, dies. In 1891 when working as a Physical education teacher, Naismith was asked to make a game that would not take up much room, was not too rough, and at the same time, could be played indoors.

In 1941,  Amateur tennis champ Bobby Riggs turns pro. Riggs became famous as a hustler and gambler, In 1930s Tennis wasnt financially lucrative like today but Riggs was ingenious. In his 1949 autobiography, he wrote that he had made $105,000 in 1939 by betting on himself at Wimbledon to win all three championships: the singles, doubles, and mixed doubles.

A master self promoter and an opportunist, In 1973 he deliberately played the male chauvinist card and came out of retirement to challenge one of the world’s greatest female players to a match, Margaret Court,  claiming that the female game was inferior. He easily won the “Battle of the Sexes”. The victory landed Riggs then 55, on the cover of both Sports Illustrated and Time magazine.

In 1979, Intl Olympic Committee votes to readmit China after 21 years in the cold.

In 1982, Howard Cossell calls his last fight after being disgusted by the Larry Holmes-Tex Cobb mismatch

In 1984, Kim Hughes tearfully resigns as Australian cricket captain


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