TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1860 Organized baseball played in San Francisco for 1st time.
1888 John Reid of Scotland demonstrates golf to Americans, in Yonkers, N.Y.
1892 Manitoba Rugby Football Union forms.
1957 Walter O’Malley says the Brooklyn Dodgers may play 10 exhibition games in California in 1958.
1958 Australian swimmer Jon Konrads sets 6 world records in 2 days.
1959 1st Daytona 500: Lee Petty wins with an average speed of 135.5 m.p.h.
1967 Slingshot goalpost and 6-footwide border become the standard for NFL fields.
1969 Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st female jockey to win at a major U.S. track.
1980 U.S.A. beats U.S.S.R. in Olympic hockey 4-3, referred to as “Miracle on Ice.” U.S.A. captain Mike Eruzione scores winning goal in 3rd period.
Lee Petty, centre, with Johnny Beauchamp (car No. 73) and the lapped car of Joe Weatherly near the top of the track at the finish line of the very first Daytona 500, 58 years ago today.