TO­DAY IN SPORTS HIS­TORY

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

1876 Al­bert Spald­ing, with $800, starts sport­ing goods com­pany, man­u­fac­tur­ing first of­fi­cial base­ball, ten­nis ball, bas­ket­ball, golf ball and foot­ball. 1894 First US steel sail­ing ves­sel, Dirigo, launched at Bath, Maine. 1942 Base­ball own­ers agree to per­mit each club up to 14 night games in 1942. 1951 Largest purse to date in horse rac­ing, $144,323, is won by Great Cir­cle. 1956 Toni Sailor be­comes first Olympic skier to sweep three alpine events 1972 11th Win­ter Olympic Games open in Sap­poro, Ja­pan, the first in Asia. 1979 Min­nesota Twins trade Rod Carew to Cal­i­for­nia for four play­ers. 1980 Larry Holmes TKOs Lorenzo Holmes in six for heavyweight ti­tle. 1989 Base­ball’s Na­tional League an­nounces that New York Yan­kee broad­caster Bill White will be­come the first African Amer­i­can pres­i­dent of the league. 1990 Jockey Billy Shoe­maker re­tires at 58 af­ter 40,350 horse races. 1993 Cincin­nati Reds owner Marge Schott sus­pended for one year for mak­ing racist com­ments. 1998 Florida Panther Dino Cic­carelli is ninth NHL player to score 600 ca­reer goals. 2002 Su­per Bowl XXXVI: New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots beat St. Louis Rams, 20-17 at the Louisiana Su­per­dome, New Or­leans. MVP: Tom Brady, New Eng­land, QB. 2008 Su­per Bowl XLII: New York Gi­ants beat New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots, 17-14 at the Univer­sity of Phoenix Sta­dium. MVP: Eli Man­ning, New York, QB. 2013 Su­per Bowl XLVII: Bal­ti­more Ravens beat San Fran­cisco 49ers, 34-31 at the Mercedes-Benz Su­per­dome. MVP: Joe Flacco, Bal­ti­more, QB.

Marge Schott, the con­tro­ver­sial owner of the Cincin­nati Reds for 15 years, who be­came in­fa­mous for ra­cial slurs against African, Jewish and Ja­panese Amer­i­cans, was banned from run­ning the team for us­ing the n-word be­fore the start of an own­ers’ con­fer­ence call, 24 years ago to­day.

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