TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1920 National Negro Baseball League organizes.
1923 1st Black pro Basketball team, “Renaissance,” organizes.
1937 NFL Boston Redskins move to Washington, D.C.
1952 Rocky Marciano defeats Lee Savold for his 39th straight win.
1971 Spiro Agnew, vice president of the United States, hits 2 tee shots into crowd, injuring 2.
1972 11th Winter Olympic Games close at Sapporo, Japan.
1974 James ‘Cool Papa’ Bell is named to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
1976 American Dorothy Hamill wins Olympic figure-skating gold in Innsbruck, Austria.
1977 Eric Heiden is 1st American to win world speed skating championship.
1983 World Boxing Council becomes the first to cut matches from 15 to 12 rounds.
1988 15th Winter Olympic Games open in Calgary.
1989 Oklahoma football player Charles Thompson is charged with selling cocaine. He is later sentenced to 2 years in prison.
The Calgary Winter Olympics, where Elizabeth Manley won the women’s silver in figure skating to Katarina Witt’s gold, and where Canada failed to win a single gold medal, opened 29 years ago today.