Today in Sports History: May 27

By Jonah Sharf On May 27, 1981, Julius “Dr. J” Erving of the Philadelphia 76ers won the NBA MVP award after averaging 24.6 points, 8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 2.1 steals, and 1.8 blocks per game. This type of season was typical for Dr. J, showing the all-around player he was, capable of putting up stats…

Today in Sports History: May 26

By Jonah Sharf On May 26, 1999, high-flying Toronto Raptor Vince Carter was named Rookie of the Year, averaging 18.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Carter was known for his high-flying style of play, winning the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest in one of the most entertaining Dunk Contests of all time. Carter is…

Today in Sports History: May 25

By Jonah Sharf On May 25, 1993, the Phoenix Suns’ Charles Barkley was named NBA MVP after leading them to a franchise record 62-20. The Round Mound of Rebound averaged 25.6 points, 12.2 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game in his first season with the Suns. He also went on to lead the Suns to…

Today in Sports History: May 24

By Jonah Sharf On May 24, 2000, Detroit Pistons legend and Legends Of Sport Podcast guest Isiah Thomas was one of six people elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Thomas, the de facto leader of the “Bad Boy” era Pistons, helped them win two NBA titles and was named Finals MVP in…

Today in Sports History: May 23

By Jonah Sharf On May 23, 1978, Portland big man Bill Walton was named NBA MVP, despite playing just 58 games due to foot injuries. He would help the Blazers to a 50-10 record before being shut down for the rest of the season. Walton averaged 18.9 points, 13.2 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2.5 blocks…

Today in Sports History: May 22

By Jonah Sharf On May 22, 1994, Toronto’s NBA franchise, which was scheduled to join the league as an expansion team in 1995-96, announced the Raptors as their team name and mascot. The choice was largely influenced by the popularity of the 1993 film Jurassic Park. The Raptors’ first General Manager would be Detroit Pistons legend…

Today in Sports History: May 21

By Jonah Sharf On May 21, 1986, the Houston Rockets beat the Los Angeles Lakers 114-112 on a turnaround buzzer beater by Ralph Sampson. With the Game 5 win, Sampson, Hakeem Olajuwon, and the Rockets would go on to face the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals, losing in six games. This would mark the…

Today in Sports History: May 20

By Jonah Sharf On May 20, 1995, Mario Elie put the Rockets up 115-114 with 7.1 seconds left to win Game 7 against the Suns and send them to the Western Conference Finals. With the win, the Rockets became the first NBA team in 13 years to overcome a 3-1 deficit to win a best-of-7…

Today in Sports History: May 19

By Jonah Sharf On May 19, 1984, the Edmonton Oilers finally put an end to the New York Islanders’ four-year reign as Stanley Cup Champions. Led by legends Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier, the Oilers won 4-1, a year after being swept by the Islanders. Messier won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, and…

Today in Sports History: May 18

By Jonah Sharf On May 18, 2004, 40-year-old Diamondback pitcher Randy Johnson pitched a perfect game against the Atlanta Braves. Johnson became the oldest pitcher in MLB history to record a perfect game. There have been only 23 perfect games in Major League Baseball’s 140-plus year history. Johnson was one of the most intimidating pitchers…