TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1874 Baseball is first played in England at Lord’s Cricket Ground.
1927 For 2nd Sunday in a row, golfers in South Carolina are arrested for violating Sabbath rules.
1936 Willy den Ouden swims world record 100 m freestyle in 1:04.6.
1959 Chicago Cards trade running back Ollie Matson to the L.A. Rams for nine players.
1959 Boston Celtic Bob Cousy sets NBA record with 28 assists as the Celtics score 173 points against the Minneapolis Lakers.
1963 New York Yankees’ Mickey Mantle signs baseball contract worth $100,000.
1982 Denver Nuggets Dan Issel hits on his 63rd consecutive free throw.
1987 NCAA cancels SMU’s entire 1987 football schedule for gross violations of NCAA rules regarding athletic corruption.
1988 Bonnie Blair (U.S.) wins 500 m speed skating race in record 39.1 at the Calgary Olympics.
1988 Katarina Witt (GDR) wins second straight Olympic figure skating gold medal at the Calgary Olympics.
1992 Larry Smith is named ninth commissioner of the CFL.
1992 Tiger Woods, 16, becomes youngest PGA golfer in 35 years.
1994 17th Winter Olympic Games close in Lillehammer, Norway.
2007 Mark Messier’s No. 11 jersey is retired by the Edmonton Oilers.