TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1874 Major Walter Clopton Winfield patents a game called “sphairistike” (lawn tennis). 1906 Tommy Burns beats Marvin Hart in 20 for heavyweight boxing title 1934 Casey Stengel becomes manager of Brooklyn Dodgers. 1938 Joe Louis KOs Nathan Mann in 3 for heavyweight boxing title. 1939 Lou Thesz beats Everett Marshall in St Louis, to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title for 2nd time. 1967 Ted Workman replaces Senator Keith Davey as CFL commissioner. 1968 Wilt Chamberlain becomes first NBA player to score 25,000 points. 1980 13th Winter Olympic Games close at Lake Placid, N.Y. 1980 Eric Heiden wins all 5 speed skating golds at Lake Placid Olympics. 1985 Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight throws a chair during a game. 1985 Goaltender Patrick Roy makes his NHL debut for the Montreal Canadiens. 1987 A brain tumour forces Dick Howser to retire as manager of the Kansas City Royals. 1988 Chicago gives Cubs right to install lights and play up to 18 night games. 1991 North Carolina is first NCAA basketball team to win 1,500 games. 1992 16th Winter Olympic Games close in Albertville, France. 1993 Sacramento Gold Miners admitted as CFL’s ninth franchise and the first U.S. team. 1994 Cleveland Indians owner Richard Jacobs announces he will pay $10 million to name baseball field (Jacobs Field) at Gateway. 2014 22nd Winter Olympic Games close at Sochi, Russia.
U.S. speedskater Eric Heiden won the last of five individual gold medals while setting four Olympic and one world record at the Lake Placid Olympic Games, 37 years ago today.