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Today In Sporting History

Posted: December 12, 2007 in Today in history

Welcome to today highlights in sporting history. Today in 1913 “Mona Lisa”, was recovered after being stolen from the Louvre Museum in 1911

In 1913,  The birth of Jesse Owens US, track star (4 golds 1936), spoiled Hitler’s Olympics

In 1899, George F Grant of Boston )first black graduate of Harvard College, and a dentist) patents the wooden golf tee

In 1930, Start of the 1st Australia vs West Indies Test (at Adelaide)

In 1968, Arthur Ashe becomes 1st black to be ranked No 1 in tennis.

Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. During his playing career, he won three Grand Slam titles. In 1979, Ashe suffered a heart attack, an event that surprised the public in view of his high level of fitness as an athlete.

The story of Ashe’s life turned from success to tragedy in 1988, when Ashe discovered he had contracted HIV during the blood transfusions he had received during one of his two heart surgeries.

In 1988, Sandra Miller of Queens sues Mike Tyson for sexual harassment

In 1992, 58th Heisman Trophy Award: Gino Torretta, Miami FL (QB)

In 1995, NBA referees return to work after striking


Today in Sporting History

Posted: December 11, 2007 in Today in history

Welcome to today highlights in sporting history. Today in 1961 Elvis Presley’s “Blue Hawaii” album goes to No1 & stays No1 for 20 weeks.  Below members of Elvis Runners  In 1978 6 masked men bound 10 employees at Lufthansa cargo area at New York Kennedy Airport & made off with $5.8 million in cash & jewelry.
In 1866, 1st yacht race across the Atlantic Ocean
In 1934, NL votes to permit night baseball (up to 7 games per home team)

In 1938, New York Giants win NFL championship

In 1951, Baseball great Joe DiMaggio announces his baseball retirement

In 1981, Muhammad Ali’s 61st & last fight, losing to Trevor Berbick

In 1995, Thomas O Hicks buys NHL Dallas Stars for $84 million

Today In Sporting History

Posted: December 10, 2007 in Today in history

Welcome to today highlights in sporting history. It was today in 1915  10,000,000th model T Ford came off the assembly line. And in 1950 the 1st black American awarded Nobel Peace Prize – Ralph J Bunche

1810 – Tom Cribb (Great Britain) beats Tom Molineaus (US-Negro) in 1st interracial boxing championship (40 rounds)

1983 – Last NFL game at Shea Stadium; Pittsburg Steelers beat New York Jets 34-7.

1991 – Howard Spira sentenced to 2 years in prison for trying to extort money from Yankees owner George Steinbrenner

1995 – Ricky Ponting makes 96 on Test Cricket debut (Australia v Sri Lanka, WACA)

Today in Sporting History

Posted: December 8, 2007 in Today in history

Welcome to today highlights in sporting history. This was the day in 1861 when former high school drop out William Crapo Durant founded General Motors. The financial woes of the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and the ensuing Great Depression proved fatal as he was ruined financially.  After the fall, Durant and his second wife lived on a small pension provided by Alfred P. Sloan on behalf of General Motors.

In 1918, birth of Ian Johnson cricketer (Australian Test captain between Hassett & Craig)

In 1922, birth of George Fullerton cricketer (South African keeper-batsman 1947-51)

In 1940, Millions of Americans tune in to listen to 1st NFL championship on national radio; Bears beat Redskins 73-0

In1951, American League alters its restrictions on night games, adopting National League’s suspended game rule & lifting its ban on lights for Sunday games

In 1956, 16th Olympic games close in Melbourne, Australia.  The most memorable event was the Blood In The Water match. It was the match between Hungary and Old soviet union. The game became rough and, when a Hungarian was forced to leave the pool with blood streaming from a cut over his eye, a riot almost broke out. But police restored order and the game was called early, with Hungary leading 4-0. The Hungarians went on to win the gold medal.

In 1959, West meets East when President Eisenhower watches Pakistan vs Australia Test Cricket at Karachi

In 1961, Larry Costello scores 32 consecutive points without a miss (NBA record)


Today in Sporting History

Posted: December 7, 2007 in Today in history

Welcome to today highlights in sporting history. This was the day in 1968 when Richard Dodd returned a library book his great grandfather borrowed in 1823 to the University of Cincinatti; the $22,646 fine went unpaid.

In1876, New York Mutuals & Philadelphia A’s expelled from National League for not completing schedule

In 1907, Eugene Corri becomes 1st referee in a boxing ring

In 1937, Red Sox acquire the contract of 19-year-old Ted Williams from the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League.  He signs a two-year contract worth $7,000.

In 1990, Atlanta Braves Owner Ted Turner & Jane Fonda announce their engagement

In 1995,  NBA settles strike of referees over pay, referees to return on December 12.


Today In Sporting History

Posted: December 6, 2007 in Today in history

Welcome to today highlights in sporting history. This was the day 1995 Michael Jackson collapsed while rehearsing for an HBO special. according to Wikianswers “He collapsed because he was going to do a live broadcast concert (during the HIStory tour) and was practicing too much/too often, got dehydrated, and collapsed so the show was cancelled.”

In 1873 1st international football game in US: Yale 2, Eton (England) 1

In 1925, Record 73,000 pay to watch Chicago Bears beat New York Giants 19-7

In 1932 The birth of Don King Cleveland OH, most contraversial boxing promoter (Muhammud Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson)

Loved by some hated by others, King is never at a loss for words or intimidated by any. After serving a six-year prison term for murder, King stepped into the promotional side of boxing. He is a master promoter he gave boxing lovers 1974 classic ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ Ali vs Foreman, ‘Thrilla in Manila’ Ali-Frazier; ‘The Last Hurrah’ Ali-Homes; ‘He’s Back’ Tyson-McNeeley; ‘Finally’ Tyson-Holyfield I; ‘The Sounds and the Fury’ Tyson-Holyfield II; and many more unforgettable bouts. 

In 1981, Rob de Castella of Australia sets Marathon record at 2:08 18.  It was not initially known to be a world record time, because his time of 2h 08’18” was 5 seconds more than the time set by Alberto Salazar earlier in 1981 in the New York City Marathon. It later emerged that the New York course was about 148 metres short.

In1988 Milwaukee Bucks win their 1,000th NBA game (2nd fastest)

In 1988, Merv Hughes takes 13 wickets vs West Indies at the WACA but Australia lose

Today In Sporting History

Posted: December 3, 2007 in Today in history

Welcome to today highlights in sporting history. It was today in 1997 when Golden State Warrior guard Latrell Sprewell, four-year, $32 million, contract was terminated for attacking his coach P J Carlesimo. And in  On October 31, 2004, the Minnesota Timberwolves offered Sprewell a 3 year, $21 million contract extension, substantially less than what his then-current contract paid him. Insulted, he publicly vented his outrage, declaring, “I have a family to feed.”And turned down the offer.

1961 Anton Geesink of Netherlands becomes 1st not-Japanese judo world champion after defeating Akio Kaminaga in front of his home crowd.

1967 Australian long distance runner Derek Clayton runs world record marathon (2:09:36.4) at Fukuoka Marathon. The first marathon race ever run in less than two hours and ten minutes.

1995 84th Davis Cup: USA beats Russia in Moscow (3-2)

1995 Englishman Jack Russell takes 11 catches in Test Cricket vs South Africa, a record.

Two days before his fourteenth birthday, he saw a catch on television: McCosker caught Knott bowled Greig, Headingley 1977. Russell himself has commented: “Low down, one handed, across first slip. Brilliant. I thought then that I would like to be able to do that. That’s where it started, that was the inspiration to be a wicket keeper. Never underestimate the power of Television.