THIS WEEKEND IN SPORTS HISTORY
Saturday 1903 Stanley Cup: Montreal AAA beat the Winnipeg Victorias, 2 games to 1 with 1 tie. 1924 1st Winter Olympic Games close at Chamonix, France. 1932 3rd Winter Olympic Games open in Lake Placid, NY. 1952 Jackie Robinson becomes the first black executive of a major TV station (WNBC NY). 1962 Russian newspaper Izvestia reports baseball is an old Russian game. 1968 Bowie Kuhn replaces William Eckert as 5th commissioner of baseball. 1969 John Madden is named head coach of NFL’s Oakland Raiders. 1971 Baseball announces a special hall of fame wing for black players. 1976 12th Winter Olympic Games open in Innsbruck, Austria. 1987 Stars & Stripes beats Australia’s Kookaburra 3, sweeping the America’s Cup. 1991 The Baseball Hall of Fame’s board of directors vote 12-0 to bar Pete Rose for life. 1997 Mario Lemieux becomes the 7th NHL player to score 600 goals. 2007 Super Bowl XLI: Indianapolis Colts beat Chicago Bears, 29-17 at the Dolphin Stadium. MVP: Peyton Manning, Colts, QB. Sunday 1948 Dick Button becomes 1st US figure skating Olympic champion. 1956 7th Winter Olympic Games close at Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. 1969 Vince Lombardi, becomes part owner, vice president, general manager and head coach of the Washington Redskins. 1972 Bob Douglas is the 1st African American elected to Basketball Hall of Fame. 1978 Fred Newman makes 88 consecutive basketball free throws blindfolded. 1989 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar becomes the 1st NBA player to score 38,000 points. 1991 Los Angeles King Dave Taylor becomes the 29th NHL player to score 1000 points. 1997 O.J. Simpson found liable in the deaths of Ron Goldman and Nicole Simpson in a civil court action. 1998 Author Tom Clancy confirms he signed agreement to purchase Minnesota Vikings for slightly more than $200 million, an NFL franchise record. 2006 Super Bowl XL: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Seattle Seahawks, 21-10 at the Ford Field. MVP: Hines Ward, Pittsburgh, WR. 2011 Ed Sabol, co-founder of NFL Films, elected for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 2012 Super Bowl XLVI: New York Giants beat New England Patriots, 21-17. MVP: Eli Manning, New York, QB.
Mario Lemieux, recognized as one of the 100 greatest hockey players with four Stanley Cup championships, six Art Ross Trophy wins, three Hart Memorial wins, and gold medals in the Olympics, World Cup and Canada Cup, scored his 600th goal 20 years ago today.