Today in Sports History: July 1

By Jonah Sharf On July 1, 2018, LeBron James announced through his management company, Klutch Sports, that he would join the Los Angeles Lakers. Despite averaging 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 8.3 assists per game, the Lakers missed the playoffs, making it the first time LeBron missed the playoffs since the 2004-05 season.

Today in Sports History: April 24

By Jonah Sharf On April 24, 1994, Spurs legend and LOS podcast guest David Robinson became just the fourth NBA player to score 70 points in a game, lighting up the Clippers for 71 in the Spurs’ 112-97 road win in LA. With the performance, Robinson finished the 1993-94 season as the NBA’s scoring champion,…

Today in Sports History: April 20

By Jonah Sharf On April 20, 1986, Michael Jordan scored an NBA Playoff record 63 points, but the Bulls dropped a 135-131 double-overtime decision to the Celtics at Boston Garden in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round. This broke Elgin Baylor’s previous playoff mark of 61 points in a playoff game, set during…

Today in Sports History: April 17

By Jonah Sharf On April 17, 1976, Mike Schmidt of the Philadelphia Phillies hit four consecutive home runs in a game against the Chicago Cubs, leading the Phillies to an 18-16 win. Schmidt became the fourth player in MLB history to hit four home runs in a row. This incredible game was part of his…

Today in Sports History: April 16

By Jonah Sharf On April 16, 1996, the Chicago Bulls beat the Milwaukee Bucks 86-80 for their 70th win of the season, passing the 1972 Lakers NBA record of 69 wins in one season โ€” their record of 72 wins was bettered in 2015-16 by the Golden State Warriors. This was at the height of…

Today in Sports History: February 25

By Jonah Sharf On February 25, 1964, Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, defeated Sonny Liston by technical knockout, winning the heavyweight boxing title for the first time. A heavy underdog (7-to-1), Clay was just 22 years old going against the far more experienced Liston, handing him just the second loss of his career….

Today in Sports History: December 23

By Jonah Sharf On December 23, 1997, legendary coach Phil Jackson won his 500th game and became the fastest NBA coach to reach this milestone, in 682 games. Jackson is considered one of the best coaches of all time, holding a record for most NBA championships by a head coach with 11โ€”6 with the Chicago…

Today in Sports History: December 12

By Jonah Sharf On December 12, 1996, the Florida Marlins signed former outfielder Moises Alou from the Montreal Expos as part of an offseason where they went for it allโ€”and won the World Series in 1997. During the 1997 season, Alou led the Marlins in batting average, home runs and RBI, earning an All-Star selection…

Today in Sports History: November 14

By Jonah Sharf On November 14, 1985, the Milwaukee Brewers released Hall of Fame reliever Rollie Fingers, and he would retire after refusing to sign with the Cincinnati Reds due to their no facial hair policy. Despite being an all-time great reliever with a 2.90 career ERA, three World Series championships, a World Series MVP,…

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 Grizzliesโ€™ opener against the Dallas Mavericks. Palmer…