TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1936 NFL Draft (first ever): Jay Berwanger from University of Chicago is the first pick of the Philadelphia Eagles. 1936 1st ski jumping event is held in Red Wing, Minn. 1945 Paul Brown agrees to coach the new American football expansion team in Cleveland, which would later be named the Cleveland Browns after their coach. 1948 5th Winter Olympic Games close in St Moritz, Switzerland. 1963 AFL’s Dallas Texans become the Kansas City Chiefs. 1982 Los Angeles Dodgers trade Davey Lopes to the Oakland A’s breaking up the longest-playing infield (Ron Cey-Bill Russell-Davey Lopes-Steve Garvey). 1983 Baseball orders Mickey Mantle to sever ties with Claridge Casino. 1983 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL all star record with 4 goals in 1 period. 1984 14th Winter Olympic Games open in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. 1985 Marshall University’s Bruce Morris makes a 92’5½” basketball shot. 1986 5’7” Spud Webb of the Atlanta Hawks wins NBA Slam Dunk Competition. 1989 Jockey Chris Antley begins record of 64 consecutive days winning races. 1991 Roger Clemens signs record $5,380,250 per year Boston Red Sox contract. 1992 16th Winter Olympic Games open in Albertville, France. 1996 NFL and Cleveland allow Art Modell to move his NFL franchise to Baltimore but he must leave the Browns’ name behind. 2002 19th Winter Olympic Games open in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Spud Webb, the five-foot-seven point guardofthe Atlanta Hawks, soared to the NBA Slam DunkCompetition at All-Star weekend, 31 years ago today.