TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1900 Stanley Cup: Montreal Shamrocks beat Winnipeg Victorias, 3 games to 1. 1936 4th Winter Olympic Games close in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. 1950 Writers fail to elect anyone to the Baseball Hall of Fame. 1953 Ted Williams safely crash-lands his damaged Panther jet, later awarded the Air medal. 1970 Joe Frazier TKOs Jimmy Ellis in 5 for heavyweight boxing title. 1972 Wilt Chamberlain hit 30,000-point mark during a game with Phoenix Suns. 1980 Eric Heiden skates the 5k in an Olympic record 7:02.29. 1984 Bill Johnson becomes 1st American to win Olympic downhill skiing gold. 1985 Livingston Bramble defeats Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini to win WBA champ. 1989 Orel Hershiser, Los Angeles Dodger pitcher, signs $7.9M-3 year contract. 1989 Roger Clemens, Boston Red Sox pitcher, signs $7.5M, 3-year contract. 1992 Los Angeles Lakers retire Magic Johnson’s No. 32. 1999 O.J. Simpson’s 1968 Heisman Trophy is sold for $230,000 to help settle a $33.5 million civil judgment against Simpson for the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend. 2005 2004-05 NHL season is cancelled by league commissioner Gary Bettman. This was the first time that a North American professional sports league had to cancel a season due to a labour dispute. 2013 Lionel Messi scores his 14th consecutive goal in La Liga and his 300th goal in 365 appearances for Barcelona.
Bill Johnson became the first American male skier to win an Olympic gold medal and the first man or woman from outside the Alps to win a downhill gold when he boasted that he would win, and did, in Sarajevo, 33 years ago today.