Category Archive: Sports

May 23

May 23, 1958: Mitch Albom Born

On this day in 1958, Mitch Albom was born in Passaic, New Jersey. The author, sportswriter, radio talk show host and frequent on ESPN‘s “The Sports Reporters,” is best known for his novels In his day-job with the Detroit Free Press, Albom also covers the Motor City’s professional teams and the University of Michigan. In both …

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Dec 31

December 31, 2000: Mississippi State and Texas A&M Play Thrilling Independence Bowl

On this day in 2000, Mississippi State beat Texas A&M 43-41 in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana. Played in unexpected snow, it was the most thrilling game of the whole bowl season.

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Dec 26

December 26, 1919: Babe Ruth Sold to New York Yankees

On this day in 1919, Boston Red Sox Owner Harry Frazee sold Babe Ruth’s contract to the New York Yankees. The move permanently altered the course of baseball history and created the “Curse of the Bambino (Ruth’s nickname).”

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Dec 12

December 12, 1965: Gale Sayers Scores Six Touchdowns in Game

On this day in 1965, Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers scored 6 touchdowns in a 61-20 rout of the San Francisco 49ers at Wrigley Field. The performance was the most exciting in the career one of the most electrifying players in NFL history.

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Dec 07

December 7, 1963: Instant Replay Debuts in Televised Sports

On this day in 1963, video instant replay was used for the first time in CBS’ telecast of the Army-Navy game. While the start was bumpy, it revolutionized the way games were broadcast.

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Dec 04

December 4, 1956: Paul Hornung Wins Heisman Trophy

On this day in 1956, Notre Dame’s Paul Hornung became the only player to ever win the Heisman Trophy on a losing team. Johnny Majors, an All-American running back on an undefeated Tennessee team, finished second. Thus began the Vol fans tumultuous relationship with college football’s most prestigious award.

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Dec 01

December 1, 1963: Wendell Scott Cheated Out of NASCAR Win

On this day in 1963, Wendell Scott won a NASCAR race at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Florida. Unfortunately, the only African-American driver to win a NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup) race was not crowned the winner because of the sport’s racist culture at the time.

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Nov 29

November 29, 1976: Reggie Jackson Signs with New York Yankees

Reggie Jackson Signs with the YankeesOn this day in 1976, Reggie Jackson signed a five-year contract with the New York Yankees as a free agent. This was one of the first blockbuster signings in the history of free agency in baseball.

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Nov 25

November 25, 1971: The Game of the Century

On this day in 1971, number-one ranked Nebraska beat number-two ranked Oklahoma 35-31 on Thanksgiving Day in Norman, Oklahoma. This is one “Game of the Century” that lived up to its hype.

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Nov 23

November 23, 1996: The Mass Transit Incident

On this day in 1996, 17-year-old Eric Kulas was allowed to wrestle in an ECW match at the Woodland Ballroom in Revere, Massachusetts. The match led to assault charges against Jerome Young, aka New Jack, and is one of the most disgusting moments in wrestling history.

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