TO­DAY IN SPORTS HIS­TORY

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

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.

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