Monday, May 26, 2008

Perfect Just Wasn't Good Enough

May 26, 1959

On May 26, 1959 Harvey Haddix of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitched twelve perfect inning but it just wasn't enough. The Pirates lost in the thirteenth inning when Joe Adcock of the Milwaukee Braves, 2 - 0. The Pirates lost off a grounder on third and a home run.

Later, the National League ruled the homer a double which changed the score of this game 1 - 0.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Phantom Punch

May 25, 1965

On May 25, 1965 Cassius Clay, better known as Muhammad Ali, retained his heavyweight championship belt when he knocked out Sonny Liston in the first round of their rematch in the schoolboy hockey arena in Lewiston, Me. Referee Joe Walcott called the fight after 2 minutes and 17 seconds. Clay and Liston tried to square off again after the fight.

The controversy started when members of the crowd started yelling "Fix! Fix!" or "Fake, Fake." So started the theory of the Phantom Punch that knocked Liston to the ground. People say Clay connected with a light left, a solid right and then missed a left hook...then Liston fell to his knees.

Hot Dogs for Dinner!

May 24, 1935

On May 24, 1935 marked the first night game in the Major Leagues. The innovation came up from the minors for the 25,000 fans attending the Cincinnati Reds win over the Phillies, 2 - 1. President Roosevelt switched the lights on for this inaugural game.

Matchless Feller Meets His Match (man am I slacking!)

May 23, 1948

On May 23, 1948 Joe DiMaggio drove three consecutive home runs at Municipal Stadium today before a record gathering of 74, 431 fans, to sweep the Yankees to victory over the Indians in the first game of a twin bill.

In game 2, DiMaggio went hitless and, when he didn't hit, neither did his mates. The Indians romped to a 5 - 1 victory.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Gentlemen...and Lady, Start Your Engines

May 22, 1977

On May 22, 1977 Janet Guthrie became the first woman to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. Her avg. speed was 188.403 miles per hour. 39 - year - old Guthrie competed in the Indy 500 twice, finishing as high as ninth.

Winning Fast and East

May 21, 1977

On May 21, 1977 3 - year - old colt Seattle Slew won the 102nd Preakness in about 2 minutes against some of the best horses around. Seattle went on to win the Belmont Stakes in June by four lengths over Run Dusty Run. Seattle remains the only undefeated Triple Crown winner. H won 14 of 17 races in his three year career.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

A Sweeter Victory

May 20, 1990

On May 20, 1990 sixteen-year-old Monica Seles ended the second-longest winning streak in tennis history when she defeated Steffi Graf, 6-4, 6-3, in the German Open in Berlin. It was Graf's first defeat after 66 straight victories, eight short of Martina Navratilova's in 1984.

Secretariat Takes the Lead

May 19, 1974

On May 19, 1974 Secretariat, who had won the Kentucky Derby two weeks before, made a bold move in the backstretch and thundered ahead of Sham to win the Preakness Stakes by two and a half lengths in 1 minute and 55 seconds. The time was two-fifths of a second off the track record and made Secretariat the prohibitive favorite to win the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Bad News Tigers

May 18, 1912

On May 18, 1912 nineteen baseball players, comprising the regular team of the Detroit Tigers, went on strike following the refusal of B.B. Johnson, president of the league, to lift the suspension against Ty Cobb. During a game against the New York Highlanders, Cobb climbed into the stands and mauled a spectator who had said things reflecting upon the player.

Cobb received a 10 day suspension and a $50 fine.

Four, the Islanders

May 17, 1983

On May 17, 1983 the NY Islanders swept to their fourth consecutive Stanley Cup with a 4 - 2 cup victory over the Edmonton Oilers and moved into the National Hockey League record book next to the Montreal Canadiens.

As the game ended, the 15,317 sell out crowd sung "We Are the Champions of the World". Billy Smith of the Islanders took the ice with a can of beer.

The Yanks Play the Copa!

May 16, 1957

On May 16, 1957 six members of the world champion New York Yankees were involved in a post-midnight disturbance during a party at the Copacabana nightclub in Manhattan. The Yankees, who were at the club to celebrate Billy Martin's 29th birthday, including Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Hank Bauer, Whitey Ford, Johnny Kucks and Martin.

Apparently, words were exchanged between the Yankees and a bowling club, also celebrating at the Copa. A member of the bowling club claimed that Hank Bauer struck first in the fight.

Each member of the Yankees was fined $1,000.00.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Master Eddie and His Mount

May 15, 1948

On May 15, 1948, in command from the instant the doors of the starting gate popped open, the Calumet Farm's great 3-year-old colt Citation won as he pleased - or as Jockey Eddie Arcaro pleased - in the seventy-second edition of the $134, 870 Preakness Stakes at old Pimilico.

Citation was a 1 - to - 10 shot, the shortest priced favorite in Preakness history since the 1889 running.

Out of Control

May 14, 1997

On May 14, 1997 there was a wild Miami night! There was a bench clearing scuffle between the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat during Game 5 of the N.B.A. Eastern Conference semifinals. With two minutes left on the clock, the Knicks trailed Miami 96 - 81.

The review of the game tape shows Patrick Ewing, Allan Houston and three others leaving the Knicks' bench to join the melee. Jeff Van Gundy was nearly trampled trying to keep his players off the floor. With Houston, Ewing and Charlie Ward suspended from Game 6, NY lost 95 - 90.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

In a League of His Own

May 13, 1976

On May 13, 1976, in an astonishing comeback from a 22-point deficit with only 17 minutes left in the game, the New York Nets defeated the Denver Nuggets, 112 - 106 and won the championship of the American Basketball Association for the second time in three seasons.

This was the last game played under the A.B.A. when there would be a merger with the National Basketball Association. Julius Erving helped the Nets capture the two championships in three years before his contract was sold the Philadelphia 76ers. Dr. J. had 31 points and 5 steals during the Nets' surge against the Nuggets.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Luck of the Draw

May 12, 1985

On May 12, 1985 Knicks general manager Dave DeBusschere was given something he did not expect. He attended church that very morning for a quick prayer about the NBA draft. When he arrived to the Waldorf Astoria, he was handed a Knicks pin that had a blue rabbits foot attached. He handed it to a near onlooker.

He was given the first pick of the draft.

This pick led to 7 foot Patrick Ewing, the New York Knicks franchise player. DeBusschere presented Ewing with a white, number 33 jersey, same number as his Georgetown uniform. Patrick Ewing became the 1986 Rookie of the Year and led the Knicks to the playoffs in 13 of his 15 seasons with the team.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Hockey's Gallic Dynasty

May 11, 1968

On May 11, 1968 the Montreal Canadians, with their controlled madness, unleashed a final period drive that would enable them to catch, and defeat, the St. Louis Blues 3 - 2 and win the Stanley Cup in four straight games. This marks the 15th cup win and their eighth in 13 years while playing under volatile coach, Hector (Toe) Blake. Minutes after the 1968 victory, Blake went on Canadian television and announced his retirement.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Flying to Victory

May 10, 1970

On May 10, 1970, while being knocked off his feet into what looked like a Superman dive, Bobby Orr of the Bruins flicked in the Stanley Cup-winning goal against the St. Louis Blues. The goal took place 40 seconds into overtime, where Derek Sanderson passed to Orr, a defender knocked Orr forward and Orr, with his stick still on the ground, timed the position of the puck to score.

Friday, May 9, 2008

The Fast and the Furious

May 9, 1975

On May 9, 1975 Houston McTear, a high school junior from Baker County, Fla., streaked to a 9.0 second clocking in the 100-yard dash, tying the record that Ivory Crockett of the Philadelphia A.A.U. club set the year before. Crockett had broken the great Bob Hayes's 1963 record by a tenth of a second.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

He Was Not Quite Ready

May 8, 1936

On May 8, 1936 jockey Ralph Neves fell off his mount and was trampled by several horses at Bay Meadows Race Track in California. Medical staff at the track declared Neves dead and his body was taken to a cold storage facility. During the evening, Neves apparently "revived", took a cab home and then rode again the very next day.

Is There a Doctor in the House (T in S Late Edition)

May 7, 1957

On May 7, 1957 2-year MLB southpaw Herb Score was on the mound for the Cleveland Indians. Gil McDougald was at the plate for the New York Yankees. A swing and a line drive to Score's eye, fracturing his nose and created severe hemorrhaging left the eye doctor to state it would several days before any surgery could take place.

In his two years as a pitcher, Score had 245 strikeouts in 1955 and 263 in 1956. After the accident, Score would win 17 games over a five year period with both the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox. He would broadcast for the Indians for more than 30 years after.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

He Beat the Clock

May 6, 1954

On May 6, 1954 25-year-old British medical student Roger Bannister, broke the tape and the four minute mile barrier, once thought to be humanly impossible. He ran the mile on the Iffley Road track at Oxford University in England in 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds.

When Winning Looked Easy (T in S Late Edition)

May 5, 1973

On May 5, 1973 Secretariat, trained by Lucien Laurin and Ron Turcotte in the saddle, won the Kentucky Derby in 1 minute and 59 seconds, which today stands as the fastest time in 129-year history of the race.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Go West!

May 4, 1965

On May 4, 1965 a senior Power Memorial High School basketball player announced that he will be venturing West, away from his East coast roots to play for U.C.L.A. in Los Angeles. The 7 foot 3/4 inch 18 - year - old is Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr.. During his time at Power Memorial, he set the city record for scoring, 2,067 points and for rebounds, 2,002. It would be five years until in 1971 where he would change his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Kentucky's Most Sentimental Derby (T in S Late Edition)

May 3, 1986

On May 3, 1986 A horse from California was supposed to win the 112th Kentucky Derby today, but hardly anybody expected to be Ferdinand, a 17 - 1 shot ridden by a 54 - year - old jockey and saddled by a 73 - year - old trainer. But at the finish of a slow and roughly run Derby, Ferdinand, ridden by Bill Shoemaker and trained by Charlie Whittingham, drew away to a 2.25 length victory over Bold Arrangement and Broad Bush, with the favored Snow Chief and Badger Land off the board.

Ferdinand paid $37.40 for $2.00 to win, the highest paid Derby since Gato del Sol rallied to win from last place with a $41.40 return back in 1982.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Gerhig Takes a Seat (T in S Late Edition)

May 2, 1939

Lou Gehrig's matchless record of uninterrupted play in American League championship games, stretched over fifteen years and through 2,130 straight contests, came to an end on this day. The mighty iron man, who at his peak hit forty-nine home runs in a single season in 1934, took himself out of action before the Yanks played against the Tigers at Briggs Stadium.

Gehrig was aware of his decline in performance both defensively and while on the attack. His last game was the week before the Tigers, while in New York against the Senators.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Ageless Wonder

May 1, 1991

On May 1, 1991 Nolan Ryan, the biggest star in Texas, pitched his seventh no-hitter of his career, three more than any other pitcher at the time. He was 44 and immediately following this game, he was found working out on a bicycle!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008


April 30, 1993

On April 30, 1993 in Hamburg, Germany, Monica Seles was stabbed in the back by 38-year-old Gunter Parche. Parche was convicted of inflicting "grievous bodily harm", however a judge ruled that he was emotionally retarded and served no time in prison.
At the time, the number 1 ranked tennis player was attacked during a changeover in a match when the angry fan jumped out of the stands and stabbed her. After returning to tennis in August of 1995, she would never regain the number 1 ranking again.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

A Flame Thrower

April 29, 1986

On April 29, 1986 A young Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox set a major league record by striking out 20 batters in a 3 to 1victory over the Seattle Mariners. Clemens broke the 9 inning, 19 strikeout record set by Steve Carlton of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1969, and equaled Tom Seaver (NY Mets, 1970) and Nolan Ryan (California Angels, 1974).
Clemens said, "I was challenging them. I was throwing the ball right down the heart of the plate."

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Politics Wins in the Ring

April 28, 1967

On April 28, 1967 Cassius Clay refused to take the one step forward that would have constituted induction into the armed forces. There was no immediate Government action. Clay would later be arrested with a felony, then the boxing organization would instantly strip the 25-year-old fighter of his world heavyweight championship.
He said, "I cannot be true to my belief in my religion by accepting such a call."

The Undefeated Champion

April 27, 1956

On April 27, 1956, Rocky Marciano, iron-fisted son of a New England shoe factory worker, retired on this day as undefeated world heavyweight boxing champion at the age of 31. Nicknamed "The Brockton Blockbuster" after his hometown of Brockton, Mass., Rocky broke into professional boxing on February 21, 1947.

'I Will Never Sell This Putter!'

April 26, 1952

On April 26, 1952, Patty Berg of Minneapolis set a world record for women golfers today as she toured the Richmond County Club in 30, 34 - 64. Playing from regulation tees on the 6,339-yard course, in the $3,000 Richmond Open, Berg posted ten birdies and two bogeys. Par for the course is 35, 37 - 72. Berg claims the hammerhead putter she purchased just a day before took strokes off her game.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Man in the Yellow Blazer

April 25, 1995

On April 25, 1995, Howard Cosell, who delighted and infuriated listeners during a 30-year career as the nation's best-known and most outspoken sports broadcaster, died today at the Hospital for Joint Diseases in Manhatten. He was 77.

Cosell, starting in radio during the 1950's, saw his fame and peak during the 14 years on "Monday Night Football." He was voted simultaneously to be most popular and the most disliked sportscaster in America.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

A Great Way to Leave the Game.

April 24, 1963

On April 24, 1963 Cooz the Magnificent finished his career on top! Bob Cousy of the Boston Celtics defeated the Lakers for their fifth straight N.B.A. championship, 112 to 109. At 34, Cousy left the game after 13 years.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Basketball's First Dynasty

April 23, 1950

On April 23, 1950 began the first basketball dynasty. In front of a crowd of 9,812 people, the largest the N.B.A. had seen thus far, the Minneapolis Lakers took on the Syracuse Nationals for the championship title. The seven game series ended with the Lakers taking the final game over Syracuse, 110 - 95 (Series 4-2) making that the eighth time in the season to hit the century mark.
That was the first championship game of the new N.B.A. featuring players like George Mikan, which, attributed to why the lane was changed from 6 feet to 12 feet to keep "big-man" players farther from the basket.

And the Clock Starts Ticking

April 22, 1954

On April 22, 1954 the N.B.A. adopted the 24-second shot clock; ushering in the modern era of pro basketball. Danny Biasone, the inventor of the 24-second shot clock, owned the Syracuse Nationals of the N.B.A.'s 1950's. This invention forced players to get the ball down court, concentrating on speed and offense. One thing Biasone may have not thought of; he may have saved the N.B.A.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Um, Who is Rosie Ruiz?

April 21, 1980

On April 21, 1980, Bill Rodgers became the first runner in 56 years to capture three consecutive Boston Marathon titles when he won with a time of 2:12:11. That was not the highlight of the day, however. Of the 448 female participants, Rosie Ruiz of New York City won the marathon with a time of 2:31:56!
After marathon officials reviewed photographs and conducted interviews, Rosie Ruiz was stripped of the women's title on April 29 for entering the race near the end. Ruiz, an administrative assistant, explained she woke with a lot of energy. Enough energy to shave 25 minutes off her previous marathon time.

Jacqueline Gareau of Canada was declared the winner.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Almost Prime Time

April 20, 1986

On this day, Michael Jordan came, he scored but he did not conquer. This Bull's point guard scored a play-off record of 63 points, 2 more than a mark set by Elgin Baylor of the L.A. Lakers on April 14, 1962, against the Celtics in the championship series. Jordan, who played 53 of the 58 minutes of the double-overtime game, hit 19 of 21 attempts from the line in which both teams accumulated a total of 66 fouls.

Jordan would wait 5 more years before carrying the Bulls to the N.B.A. title. The Celtics won 135 - 131.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Can You Pass the M.J.?

April 19, 1998

Who Can Get Enough M.J.?
On April 19, 1998, Michael Jordan scored 44 points to lead the Chicago Bulls over the Knicks, 111 - 109 in the final game of the regular season, securing his record 10th N.B.A. scoring title with a 28.7 points per-game average.

And the Bronx Cheered

April 18, 1923

And the Bronx Cheered
On April 18, 1923, 74,200 people filled a new Yankee Stadium. The 74,000 people toppled the 1916 World Series game in Boston of 42,000 people. It was also that day in which Babe Ruth smashed a savage home run into the right-field bleachers, hence to many, "christening" the stadium.

Tale of the Tape

April 17, 1953

On April 17, 1953 a 21 year old Mickey Mantle blasted a 565 foot homer, which helped the Yankees register a 7 - 3 victory over the Senators. The homer was the first of the season for Mickey Mantle.

And in addition, Metstradamus has helped me out with this link. Enjoy!

Opening Day Jewel

April 16, 1940

On April 16, 1940, Bob Feller of the Indians pitched an amazing no-hit game to defeat the White Sox, 1 to 0, before 14,000 fans. It was the first opening day no-hit contest in modern major-league history. The game went 2 hours and 24 minutes.

Feller pitched three no-hitters and 12 one-hitters in an 18 year major-league career. He won 226 games and led the AL seven straight years in strikeouts while with the Indians. He lost nearly four full seasons at the peak of his career while earning 8 battle stars in WWII as an antiaircraft gunner aboard the battleship Alabama.

Much like Ted Williams, who gave up 5 1/2 years in the prime of his career to go fight in WWII AND the Korean War. If Teddy Ballgame had played during those years most people believe Babe Ruth's home run record would have fallen a lot sooner than it did.

Older, Bolder and Still Golden

April 13, 1986

Jack Nicklaus was four strokes behind Greg Norman early at the Augusta National Masters. By the ninth hole, he was four strokes behind first place Seve Ballesteros. He parred by the 18th after a 40-foot uphill putt to within 4 inches of the cup. This 279 stroke total would win the 46 year old his 6th Master's jacket. He won by one stroke.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Da Bears!

Well, the Bears just took a loss at the hands of the NY Giants but I would like the opportunity to say this:

I equate the Bears defense to a 278 pound, Mack truck 18 wheeler driver, that wears size 52 inch jeans, a red and black checkered flannel and suspenders that hold his pants up! The bearded "Manamal" (man + animal) will steamroll the scariest of 12 year old boys (and girls) and eat raw liver for dessert while picking out the left overs out of his beard from the day before.
Somehow, he speaks with eloquence, has a formal education and cares about the planet. His hands are like concrete but knows when to buy his woman flowers...

Bottom line, the Bears defense scared the crap out of me...they are mean!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

What is 110%?

Let's be honest. If you are asked to give 110%, does that mean 100% of your efforts are not good enough? If they are not, then what is the other person operating as? Let's say the person asking for 110% gets the satisfaction they need, does that mean you have reached 110% and have the potential to achieve 120%?

Here is my point: if you can walk away from any situation (work or personal life) knowing that you gave it your all, your whole heart and your every fiber of your body then you can feel good. Even if you walk away empty handed, at least you know that you gave it everything you had.

Now if you walk away with a loss but want to succeed, well that is a different story. Then its time to re-evaluate or perhaps even to examine what it is that will make it a win. If you realize what it is that you need to do to succeed, you do it and maybe you will succeed. Remember, this is life and maybe you won't succeed. That is OK, because you gave it everything you had.