Sunday, February 18, 2007


This Day in Sports History - February 18

Some of my friends are big NASCAR fans so they started a fantasy racing league in 2001. I joined them and my top draft pick wound up being ... Dale Earnhardt. It wasn't a good way to start the year. I wound up getting laid off in July, then there were the terrorist attacks in September.

Hanssen has nothing to do with sports. I just happened to see the movie Breach last night. I wished that it focused more on Hanssen than the folks who brought him down, but such is life.

1898 - Enzo Ferrari, Italian race car driver (d. 1988)
1927 - Luis Arroyo, Puerto Rico baseball player
1928 - Tom Johnson, Canadian hockey player
1931 - Bob St. Clair, American football player
1936 - Dick Duff, Canadian hockey player
1939 - Dal Maxvill, American baseball player
1945 - Judy Rankin, American golfer
1952 - Maurice Lucas, American basketball player
1960 - Andy Moog, Canadian hockey player
1967 - Roberto Baggio, Italian footballer
1974 - Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Russian tennis player
1974 - Jamey Carroll, American baseball player
1980 - Nikolai Antropov, Kazakh hockey player
1981 - Andrei Kirilenko, Russian basketball player

1933 - James J. Corbett, American boxer
1998- Harry Caray, baseball broadcaster
2001 - Dale Earnhardt, American race car drive
2001 - Eddie Mathews, baseball player

Yesterday was a pretty high octane day for birthdays, Today is a pretty big day for feast days.

Saturday, February 17, 2007


This Day in Sports History - February 17

This Day in Sports History - February 17


1924 - In Miami, Florida, Johnny Weissmuller sets a new world record in the 100-yard freestyle swimming competition with a time of 52-2/5 seconds. They can do the butterfly faster nowadays.

1968 - The Basketball Hall of Fame was opened in Massachusetts


1908 - Red Barber, baseball announcer (d. 1992)
1930 - Roger Craig, baseball player and manager
1936 - Jim Brown, American football player
1948 - Rick Majerus, American basketball coach
1959 - Neil Lomax, American football player
1962 - Alison Hargreaves, British mountaineer (d. 1995)
(I consider mountain climbing a sport)
1963 - Michael Jordan, American basketball player
1964 - Buster Olney, American sports columnist
1968 - Bryan Cox, American football player
1972 - Philippe Candeloro, French figure skater
1976 - Scott Williamson, American baseball player
1981 - TJ Duckett, American football player

Michael Jordan and Jim Brown. That's a pretty high powered birthday list.

Friday, February 16, 2007


This Day in Sports History - February 16

This Day in Sports History - February 16


1972 - NBA basketball player Wilt Chamberlain scores 30,000th point. (1991 - Chamberlain scores 20,000th time off the court)

2004 - Alex Rodriguez was traded to the New York Yankees, in a deal that sent Alfonso Soriano to the Texas Rangers. (Arod gets alot of undeserved flack. He may not perform as well in pressure situations as he does the rest of the time; although, that seems to be mainly a 2006 thing. But he performs so well generally that he's still one of the top players around.)

2005 - The National Hockey League cancels the entire 2004-2005 regular season and playoffs, becoming the first major sports league in North America to do so over a labor dispute. (A fun sport to watch, but I never really understood it. I remember the kids who played hockey when I was growing up had to wake up at 4 AM because that's the only way that they could get rink time. That, and the expenses involved, helped ensure that I would never play.)

1915 - Jim O'Hora, American college football coach (d. 2005)
1921 - Jean Behra, French Formula One driver (d. 1959)
1929 - Gerhard Hanappi, Austrian footballer (d. 1980)
1934 - Marlene Hagge, American professional golfer
1936 - Jill Kinmont, American skier
1943 - Brig Owens, American football player
1952 - Barry Foote, Major League Baseball player
1953 - George Martin, American footballer
- Lanny McDonald, Canadian ice hockey player
1954 - Michael Holding, West Indian fast bowler cricket
1958 - Oscar Schmidt, Brazilian basketball player
1959 - John McEnroe, American tennis player
- Kelly Tripucka, American basketball player
1964 - Bebeto, Brazilian footballer
1967 - John Valentin, baseball player
1967 - Keith Gretzky, former hockey player
1972 - Jerome Bettis, American football player
1976 - Eric Byrnes, American baseball player
1977 - Ahman Green, American football player
1980 - Ashley Lelie, American football player
1981 - Qyntel Woods, American basketball player
1983 - Tuomo Ruutu, Finnish hockey player

2006 - Ernie Stautner, German-born American football player (b. 1925)

Thursday, February 15, 2007


Today In Sports History 2/15

I made a Groundhog's Day resolution to revive Astigmatic Eye. But I've been running late like I have with my other resolutions. My plan is to post a daily look at that date in sports history. I'll be using various sources including Wikipedia. Without further adieu, here's the inaugural Today In Sports History:

1953 - Seventeen-year-old Tenley Albright becomes the first American to win the world figure skating championship.

1990 - MLB owners lock out the players

1998 - Dale Earnhardt wins the Daytona 500 after 20 years of disappointment.

2004 - Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins the Daytona 500 6 years to the day when his father won his only Daytona 500.

1895 - Earl Thomson, Canadian athlete (d. 1971)
1929 - Graham Hill, British race car driver (d. 1975)
1939 - Ole Ellefsæter, Norwegian cross-country skier
1940 - John Hadl, American football player
1948 - Ron Cey, American baseball player
1949 - Ken Anderson, American football player
1957 - Jimmy Spencer, American race car driver
1960 - Darrell Green, American football player
1964 - Mark Price, American basketball player
1972 - Jaromír Jágr, Czech hockey player
1973 - Kateřina Neumannová, Czech cross country skier
- Amy Van Dyken, American swimmer
1974 - Seattle Slew, American racehorse (d. 2002)
- Ugueth Urbina, Venezuelan Major League Baseball player
- Alexander Wurz, Austrian race car driver
1975 - Serge Aubin, National Hockey League player
1979 - Alenka Kejžar, Slovenian swimmer
- Josh Low, English footballer
1983 - Russell Martin, American baseball player

2002- Mike Darr, American baseball player

Alot of birthdays, but a slow news day other than that. It should pick up later on this week.

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