TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1916 New York Yankees buy Frank “Home Run” Baker from the Philadelphia Athletics for $37,500. 1930 Weona beats Toluca in Illinois Basketball Tournament in 10 overtimes. 1931 Spring training site of New York Yankees in St. Petersburg is renamed Miller Huggins Field in honour of the team’s late manager. 1932 3rd Winter Olympic Games close in Lake Placid, N.Y. 1932 U.S. bobsled team member Eddie Eagan becomes only athlete to win gold in both Summer and Winter Olympics. Eagan won a boxing gold in 1920. 1936 Sonja Henie, Norway, wins 3rd consecutive Olympic figure skating gold. 1964 Future U.S. senator Bill Bradley scores 51 points for Princeton. 1976 12th Winter Olympic Games close in Innsbruck, Austria. 1978 Leon Spinks beats Muhammad Ali in 15 for heavyweight boxing title. 1980 Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 500 m in 38.03 sec. 1980 Wayne Gretzky assists on NHL-record-tying 7 goals in a game. 1990 Baseball owners lock out players. 1996 Bill Belichick is fired by the Cleveland Browns, finishing his Cleveland coaching career with a record of 36-44. 1999 7th ESPY Awards: Mark McGwire, Chamique Holdsclaw win.
Norway’s Sonja Henie, winner of 10 consecutive World Figure Skating Championships, won the last of her three Olympic gold medals at the Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, 81 years ago today.