Today in Sports History: December 31

By Veronica An Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores five goals, five different ways in a 1988 game against the New Jersey Devils. He scored on strength, on the power play, shorthanded, on a penalty shot and into an empty net. The five goals carried the Pittsburgh Penguins to an 8-6 victory against the…

Today in Sports History: December 30

By Veronica An Scott Skiles set a record of 30 assists in a single game during an Orlando Magic versus Denver Pistons game in 1990. He broke the previous 29 assist record by Kevin Porter which was set in 1978. Skiles joined the Milwaukee Bucks as part of the 1986 draft and averaged averaging 3.8…

Today in Sports History: December 20

By Veronica An Buck Williams, of the Portland Trailblazers, became the 20th player to grab 10,000 rebounds during a 1992 game against the Golden State Warriors. At the time of his retirement, Williams ranked 15th in all-time NBA career rebounds. Williams began his NBA career with the New Jersey Nets in 1981, he proved himself…

Today in Sports History: December 19

By Veronica An Hockey legend, Wayne Gretzky, scored his 1,000th point in 1984. Gretzky was the eighteenth player in NHL history to reach the 1,000-goal mark and, at age 23, the youngest. He scored 1,000 goals in just 424 games for the Edmonton Oilers. As centre for the Oilers, Gretzky led the team to four…

Today in Sports History: December 18

By Veronica An In 1984, Gene Shue reached 700 coaching victories when the Washington Bullets defeated the New Jersey Nets 104-95. Only Red Auerbach and Jack Ramsay reached the 700 victory mark. Shue was the third overall pick in the 1954 draft and spend 10 years as a guard in the NBA. After his playing…

Today in Sports History: December 16

By Veronica An In a 1993 New York Knicks versus Los Angeles Lakers game, Patrick Ewing reached 14, 618 career points. Ewing’s second-quarter jump shot helped him outpace Walt Frazier who previously held the Knick’s record for career points. Ewing was selected as the first round first pick of the 1985 NBA draft and played…

Today in Sports History: December 15

By Veronica An Three-point shots were becoming more popular than ever and increasingly, they were being shot at a closer distance. In response to this, the NBA changed its rules regarding the 3-point field goal percentage title in 1994. In order to qualify for the title, a player had to reach the statistical minimum of…

Today in Sports History: December 14

By Veronica An During a 1975 game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Detroit Pistons, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar grabbed a record-setting 29 defensive rebounds. Abdul-Jabbar helped lead the Lakers to a 110-100 victory over the Pistons. Abdul-Jabbar was a center for the Milwaukee Bucks (1969-1975) and Los Angeles Lakers (1975-1989). He played for the Lakers during…

Today in Sports History: December 13

By Veronica An In 1996, pitcher Roger Clemens signed a four-year, $40 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. Clemens only played two years with the Blue Jays but ended with an impressive 41-13 record, 2.33 ERA, and two consecutive Cy Young awards. Clemens held the pitching “title crown” during his time with the Blue…

Today in Sports History: December 12

By Veronica An In 1968, Arthur Ashe became the first African American player to be ranked No. 1 by the US Lawn Tennis Association. Ashe began playing tennis at age seven, despite being excluded from segregated tennis courts and competitions. He won the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) singles title in 1965 for the University…