Today in Sports History: October 31

By Jonah Sharf On October 31, 1986, Julius Erving, better known as Dr. J, announced that he would retire at the end of the season. Dr. J was known for his time in both the ABA and the NBA, winning two ABA championships with the New York Nets and one NBA championship with the Philadelphia…

Today in Sports History: October 30

By Jonah Sharf On October 30, 2001, Michael Jordan played in his first professional NBA game since the 1998 Finals against the Jazz. After spending one season as a part-owner and president of basketball operations for the Washington Wizards, Jordan decided to return as a player. Jordan scored 19 points on 7-for-21 shooting, and the…

Today in Sports History: October 29

On October 29, 1960, Cassius Clay, later known as Muhammad Ali, made his professional boxing debut. Clay won by a unanimous decision in six rounds. Clay would go on to win the heavyweight title and shortly thereafter changed his name to Ali. Ali is considered to be one of the greatest boxers of all time,…

Today in Sports History: October 28

By Jonah Sharf On October 28, 1997, the NBA announced that it had hired Violet Palmer and Dee Kantner, the first two female referees in a major league all-male sports league. Palmer would be the first female to officiate an NBA game, being a referee for the Vancouver Grizzlies’ opener against the Dallas Mavericks. Palmer…

Today in Sports History: October 27

  By Jonah Sharf On October 27, 2002, running back Emmitt Smith of the Dallas Cowboys passed Walter Payton for most career rushing yards, a record that stands to this day. Smith spent all but two seasons of his career with the Cowboys, and he is considered to be one of the best running backs…

Today in Sports History: October 26

By Jonah Sharf On October 26, 1984, Charles Barkley, John Stockton, and Michael Jordan each made their NBA debuts for their teams—the 76ers, Jazz, and Bulls, respectively. Barkley was selected with the fifth pick, Stockton the 16th pick, and Jordan the third pick in the 1984 NBA Draft. Barkley was known particularly for his imposing…

Today in Sports History: October 25

By Jonah Sharf On October 25, 1990, Evander Holyfield knocked out Buster Douglas to win the undisputed heavyweight title. Holyfield was initially expected to fight Mike Tyson for the title, but Douglas beat Tyson in one of the biggest upsets in boxing history, winning the championship. Holyfield took advantage of this, knocking out Douglas in…

Today in Sports History: October 24

By Jonah Sharf On October 24, 1998, the Texas Longhorns’ Ricky Williams scored two touchdowns to set what was then the record for most career points in NCAA Division I history with 428. He would finish his college career with 450. The record has since been passed, but not many running backs have accomplished what…

Today in Sports History: October 23

By Jonah Sharf On October 23, 1993, Toronto legend Joe Carter hit a walk-off three-run home run to win the World Series for the Blue Jays. The win was the second championship in a row for the Blue Jays, and Joe Carter was involved in the final play of both World Series—he made the catch…

Today in Sports History: October 22

By Jonah Sharf On October 22, 2000, Roger Clemens and Mike Piazza, then playing for the Yankees and Mets, respectively, sparked one of the most famous bench clearing scrums in World Series history when Clemens threw Piazza’s broken bat towards him. This came after Clemens hit Piazza on the head with a pitch during the…