Today in Sports History: March 31

By Jonah Sharf On March 31, 1975, legendary UCLA basketball head coach John Wooden won his 10th national title, and immediately afterwards he announced his retirement. Wooden led several incredible UCLA teams, with stars including Walt Hazzard, Gail Goodrich, Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), Henry Bibby, and Bill Walton, among others. Wooden is considered by many…

Today in Sports History: March 30

By Jonah Sharf On March 30, 1965, Bill Bradley of Princeton set what was then an NCAA record in a win over Wichita State, helping him win the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player Award that year. Bradley would go on to a successful 10-year NBA career with the New York Knicks, helping them to…

Today in Sports History: March 29

By Jonah Sharf On March 29, 1990, Hakeem Olajuwon became the third player in NBA history to record a quadruple double, after Nate Thurmond and Alvin Robertson, leading the Rockets to a 120-104 victory over Milwaukee. Olajuwon put up 18 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists and 11 blocks in the game. “The Dream” averaged an…

Today in Sports History: March 28

By Jonah Sharf On March 28, 1990, Michael Jordan scored a career-high 69 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers, leading them to a 117-113 overtime win. Jordan shot 23-for-37 in 50 minutes, also grabbing 18 rebounds, dishing out 6 assists, and 4 steals. As is well known, Jordan would go on to become arguably the greatest…

Today in Sports History: March 27

By Jonah Sharf On March 27, 2001, the Miami Heat’s Alonzo Mourning returned to action after missing the first 69 games of the season. He missed these games after being diagnosed with the kidney ailment focal glomerulosclerosis, and despite his inspiring comeback, the Heat couldn’t win the game. Mourning scored 9 points and grabbed 6…

Today in Sports History: March 26

By Jonah Sharf On March 26, 1979, the budding rivalry between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird officially hit the national stage, with Magic’s Michigan State defeating Bird’s Indiana State in the NCAA Championship. Magic led the way for Michigan State with 24 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Bird scored 19 points and grabbed 13…

Today in Sports History: March 22

By Jonah Sharf On March 22, 1894, the first ever Stanley Cup championship was played in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Since 1926, only the NHL gave out the Stanley Cup every year except for 2005, when there was a lockout. Since it has been awarded, the Montreal Canadiens have won the Cup the most times with…

Today in Sports History: March 21

By Jonah Sharf On March 21, 1953, Boston Celtics legend Bob Cousy made a playoff record 30 free throws to lead them to a 111-105 overtime win over the Syracuse Nationals, eliminating them in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Cousy ended the game with a total of 50 points, 25 of which came in the overtime…

Today in Sports History: March 20

By Jonah Sharf On March 20, 1968, Wilt Chamberlain became the first and only center in NBA history to lead the NBA in assists, with 8.6 per game, a career high for him. During that season, he also averaged 24.3 points per game and 23.8 rebounds per game, bringing home the NBA MVP. This was…

Today in Sports History: March 19

By Jonah Sharf On March 19, 1969, NBA Commissioner Walter Kennedy flipped a coin, Phoenix called ‘heads’ and it turned up ‘tails’ and as a result, the Milwaukee Bucks picked first in the NBA Draft, selecting Lew Alcindor (now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) while Phoenix picked Neal Walk. Walk would go on to average 12.6 points and…