Today in Sports History: September 30

By Veronica An USA Olympic Men’s Basketball Team captured its 12th gold medal in Sydney, Australia. In their gold medal game, the team defeated France 85-75 after a close call with Lithuania in the semifinals (85-83). After this victory, the U.S. team held a 109-2 Olympic game record including, a 25 consecutive victory win streak….

Today in Sports History: September 29

Barry Bonds, #25 of the San Francisco Giants, set a new season mark for on-base percentage with a .582 OBP in 2002. He also became the oldest first-time winner of a batting title at 38 by hitting .370. Bonds broke the .553 OBP 60-year record set by Ted Williams in 1941. A few months later,…

Today in Sports History: September 28

By Veronica An The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opened its new 80,000 square-foot, $103 million building in 2002. This historic landmark in Springfield, Massachusetts. The building commemorates the physical education instructor, James Naismith, who introduced the game of basketball to a class of 18 young men in December 21, 1891 at the YMCA…

Today in Sports Histor: September 27

By Veronica An Tommy Lasorda, former Dodgers team manager, leads the United States Olympic team to victory in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. This marked the first year MLB players were allowed on the Olympic team; previously only collegiate players were selected. According to NBC Sports, the final team was not selected until 10…

Today in Sports History: September 26

By Veronica An “Baseball broadcasting hero, Milo Hamilton, called his final game in 2012. After a 63-year career as a sportscaster, Hamilton called his final game in the Astros broadcasting booth, a 2-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Hamilton worked for the Astros for 28 years, he previously did play-by-plays for the Browns, Cardinals,…

Today in Sports History: September 25

By Veronica An Michael Jordan, perhaps the greatest NBA player of all time, came out of retirement for the second time in 2001 to play for the Washington Wizards. Jordan had an enormous influence on basketball culture as well as a long list of historic achievements on the court. Among his accomplishments are Rookie of…

Today in Sports History: September 24

By Veronica An Quarterback for the Washington Redskins, Mark Brunell, played a historic game in 2006 against the Houston Texans. Brunell had 22 consecutive completions in a single game, ending with a 31-15 win for the Redskins. During this game, Brunell also set the Redskins record for highest completion percentage in a single game at…

Today in Sports History: September 23

By Veronica An Manon Rheaume became the first woman play in a National Hockey League exhibition game. Rheaume played goalie for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a preseason game against the St. Louis Blues in 1992. According to the NHL website, team founder and general manager Phil Esposito allowed Rheaume to play the first ever…

Today in Sports History: September 22

By Veronica An Wade Boggs, No. 26 of the Red Sox, got his 200th hit in five straight seasons in 1987. Boggs maintained a .401 batting average over a 162 game span from June 9, 1985 to June 6, 1986 and finished his career with 3,010 hits. Boggs was inducted into the Hall of Fame…

Today in Sports History: September 21

By Veronica An In 1992, USA Basketball assembled the “Dream Team” for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. This all-star lineup was the first Olympics team to draw from working athletes in the National Basketball Association. It included Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Chris Mullin, Scottie Pippen, David…