The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTING LIFE -

Satur­day 1899 Stan­ley Cup: Mon­treal Sham­rocks sweep Kingston’s Queen’s Univer­sity in 2 games. 1909 Bos­ton Red Sox trade Cy Young, at 41, to the Cleve­land Naps. 1922 Ke­ne­saw Moun­tain Lan­dis re­signs his judge­ship to work for base­ball. 1943 Wil­liam D. Cox buys Philadelphia Phillies. 1944 Cincin­nati Reds sign 15-year-old Joe Nux­hall, base­ball’s youngest player. 1960 8th Win­ter Olympic Games open in Squaw Val­ley, Cal­i­for­nia. 1967 Bob Sea­gren sets pole vault record at 17’3”. 1967 Soft­ball pitcher Ed­die Feigner strikes out 6 straight ma­jor-lea­guers. 1968 10th Win­ter Olympic Games close in Greno­ble, France. 1978 1st Iron Man Triathlon (swim, bike ride, marathon) held in Kona, Hawaii. 1986 San An­to­nio’s Alvin Robertson scores NBA 2nd quadru­ple dou­ble-20 pts., 11 re­bounds, 10 as­sists and 10 steals against Phoenix. 1991 Ed­mon­ton Oiler goalie Grant Fuhr re­turns to NHL after sea­son-long sus­pen­sion for sub­stance abuse and shuts out New Jersey Devils 4-0. 1994 Shreve­port Pi­rates join CFL as 4th U.S. team. Sun­day 1928 2nd Win­ter Olympic Games close in St Moritz, Switzer­land. 1942 New York Yan­kees an­nounce 5,000 uni­formed sol­diers will be ad­mit­ted free at each of their up­com­ing home games. 1946 New York Giants out­fielder Danny Gardella is 1st ma­jor-lea­guer to an­nounce he is jump­ing to the “out­law” Mex­i­can League. 1980 Eric Hei­den skates Olympic record 1000 m in 1:15.18. 1983 Vladimir Sal­nikov (USSR) sets 400m freestyle swim­ming record. 1984 14th Win­ter Olympic Games close in Sarajevo, Yu­goslavia. 1984 Phil and Steve Mahre be­come the first 1st brother combo to win gold and sil­ver in same event (slalom) at Olympics. 1987 Less than a month after re-sign­ing, Oak­land A’s pitcher Vida Blue re­tires. 1998 U.S. hockey team de­stroys their rooms at Olympic vil­lage in Nagano, Ja­pan after be­ing elim­i­nated. Mon­day 1927 Golfers in South Carolina ar­rested for play­ing on a Sun­day. 1929 Bos­ton Red Sox an­nounce they will play Sun­day games at Braves Field. 1953 U.S. Court of Ap­peals rules that Or­ga­nized Base­ball is a sport and not a busi­ness, af­firm­ing the 25-year-old Supreme Court rul­ing. 1958 Los An­ge­les Coli­seum Com­mit­tee ap­proves a two-year pact al­low­ing the Dodgers to use fa­cil­ity. 1963 Wil­lie Mays (San Fran­cisco Giants) signs a record $100,000 per year con­tract. 1971 Bos­ton Bruin Phil Es­pos­ito is NHL’s quick­est to score 50 goals in a sea­son. 1974 Gordie Howe comes out of re­tire­ment for $1 mil­lion and a chance to play with his sons with the WHA Hous­ton Aeros. 1976 Muham­mad Ali KOs Jan Pierre Coop­man in 5 for heavy­weight box­ing ti­tle. 1985 After de­fend­ing his WBC fly­weight cham­pi­onship, Sot Chi­ta­l­ada’s pay­cheque for $104,000 is stolen by a ring­side pick­pocket. 1988 Brian Boi­tano wins Olympic gold medal in fig­ure skat­ing, de­feat­ing Canada’s Brian Orser in Calgary. 1993 New York Is­lan­ders re­tire Billy Smith’s No. 31. 1997 San Fran­cisco Giants Barry Bonds signs record $22.9 mil­lion, 2-year con­tract.

Ed­die Feigner, the great­est soft­ball pitcher ever, who trav­elled North Amer­ica with his four-man team, The King and His Court, struck out Wil­lie Mays, Wil­lie McCovey, Brooks Robin­son, Roberto Clemente, Maury Wills and Har­mon Kille­brew in a row dur­ing a celebrity soft­ball game, 50 years ago to­day.

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