TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1818 Baron Karl von Drais de Sauerbrun patents the “draisine” (early bicycle). 1923 Ottawa Senator Cy Denneny becomes NHL’s all-time leading scorer with 143 goals. 1941 Joe Louis KOs Gus Dorazio in 2 for heavyweight boxing title. 1943 New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio enlists in the U.S. army. 1962 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points against the St. Louis Hawks. 1963 Toru Terasawa runs world record marathon in 2:15:15.8. 1964 Luke Appling becomes the 101st member elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. 1968 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opens in Springfield Mass. 1974 49 die in stampede for seats at a soccer match in Cairo, Egypt. 1989 Former baseball player/manager Leo Durocher is injured in a car crash. 1993 Mark Foster swims a world record 50m freestyle in 21.60 sec. 1995 Detroit Tiger Manager Sparky Anderson takes unpaid leave during the baseball strike. 1998 USA Women’s Ice Hockey Team beats Canada and wins the first Olympic Gold medal. 2012 Approximately 70 ancient Olympic artifacts are stolen from the Archaeological Museum of Greece. 2016 Nike ends endorsement deal with Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao after he made TV comments gay people are, “worse than animals.”
George ’Sparky’ Anderson, the three-time World Series manager with the Cincinnati Reds and the Detroit Tigers, was placed on unpaid leave by Detroit owner MIke Ilitch for refusing to manage replacement players in spring training during a players’ strike, 22 years ago today.