TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1926 NFL rules that college students are ineligible until graduation. 1936 4th Winter Olympic Games open in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. 1958 Ted Williams signs with the Boston Red Sox for $135,000, making him baseball’s highest paid player. 1958 21 dead in air crash in Munich; 7 of those are from the Manchester United soccer team. 1967 Muhammad Ali TKOs Ernie Terrell in 15 for heavyweight boxing title. 1968 10th Winter Olympic Games open in Grenoble, France. 1970 NBA expands to 18 teams with Buffalo, Cleveland, Houston and Portland joining the league. 1971 Astronaut Alan Shepard has the distinction of hitting a golf ball for the first time on the moon. 1990 Brett Hull becomes 1st son of an NHL 50-goal scorer (Bobby) to score 50. 1990 Groundbreaking begins on Baltimore Orioles’ new $102 million stadium. 1993 Riddick Bowe TKOs Michael Dokes in 1 for heavyweight boxing title. 1994 Dawn Coe-Jones wins LPGA HealthSouth Palm Beach Golf Classic. 2005 Super Bowl XXXIX: the New England Patriots win 24-21 over the Philadelphia Eagles. 2011 Super Bowl XLV: Green Bay Packers beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25 at the Cowboys Stadium MVP: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay, QB.
An investigator looks over the wreckage of a British European Airways plane that crashed near Munich, carrying members of Britain’s championship soccer team Manchester United, 59 years ago today.