TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1940 First NFL championship on national radio; Chicago Bears beat Washington Redskins 73-0. 1942 8th Heisman Trophy Award: Frank Sinkwich, Georgia (half back). 1948 14th Heisman Trophy Award: Doak Walker, SMU (half back). 1951 American League alters its restrictions on night games, adopting National League’s suspended game rule and lifting its ban on lights for Sunday games. 1953 19th Heisman Trophy Award: John Lattner, Notre Dame (half back). 1955 21st Heisman Trophy Award: Howard Cassady, Ohio State (half back). 1955 Brooklyn catcher Roy Campanella wins his third Most Valuable Player Award. 1956 Games of the XVI Olympiad close in Melbourne, Australia. 1960 Expansion Los Angeles Angels sign a four-year lease to use Dodger Stadium. 1961 Larry Costello scores 32 consecutive points without a miss (NBA record). 1961 Wilt Chamberlain scores the second highest total in the NBA; 78 points. 1967 NHL’s California Seals change name to Oakland Seals. 1973 39th Heisman Trophy Award: John Cappelletti, Penn State (running back). 1974 Oakville’s Sandra Post wins LPGA Colgate Far East Golf Open. 1977 43rd Heisman Trophy Award: Earl Campbell, Texas (running back). 1985 60th Australian Women’s Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert (6-2, 4-6, 6-2). 1985 New York Jets Ken O’Brien throws a team record 96-yard touchdown pass to Wesley Walker. 1987 Philadelphia Flyers’ Ron Hextall becomes first goalie to actually score a goal. 1990 Cleveland Indians agree to a lease new ballpark in Gateway (Jacobs Field). 1992 Barry Bonds signs the richest contract in major league history: $43 million/six years with the San Francisco Giants. 2008 Greg Maddux announces his retirement from Major League Baseball after 23 seasons and 355 wins. Maddux pitched for the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, and claimed four successive Cy Young Awards from 1992 as best pitcher in the National League.
Brooklyn Dodger catcher Roy Campanella, seen here with teammate Jackie Robinson, won his third National League MVP title (a car crash left him paralyzed in 1958), 62 years ago today.