THIS WEEKEND IN SPORTS HISTORY
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.