TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1940 — Commissioner Kenesaw Landis gives free agency to 91 Detroit Tigers.
1943 — Alex Smart (Montreal Canadiens) is first NHL player to score hat trick in his first game.
1961 — Chicago Bears’ Willard Dewveall becomes first NFL player to join the AFL.
1968 — Super Bowl II: Green Bay Packers beat Oakland Raiders, 33-14 in Miami, Florida; MVP: Bart Starr, quarterback.
1974 — World Football League founded.
1976 — Ted Turner becomes CEO of the Atlanta Braves.
1985 — Martina Navratilova is third to win 100 tennis tournaments (Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert).
1987 — Catfish Hunter and Billy Williams are elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
2002 — Barry Bonds agrees to a five-year, $90 million deal with the San Francisco Giants.
2007 — The Toronto Blue Jays and first baseman Lyle Overbay agree to a four-year contract worth $24 million to stay in Toronto.
Ted Turner, the maverick media mogul, who founded CNN, changing the face of television news forever, became the CEO of the Atlanta Braves,43 years ago today.