Today in Sports History: October 6

By Veronica An Michael Jordan, of the Chicago Bulls, announces his first retirement in 1993. Jordan led the Bulls to six championships in the ’90s in two different sets of threepeats and became known as a legendary dominant offensive player. After a win with the 1992 Olympics “Dream Team” in 1992, where he scored 14.9…

Today in Sports History: October 5

By Veronica An When the Chicago Stags team folded in 1950, the names of three star players, including Bob Cousy, were put into a hat and owners of the Boston Celtics, the New York Knicks, and the Philadelphia Warriors each pulled out a name. Cousy went to the Boston Celtics for just $9,000 to the…

Today in Sports History: October 4

By Veronica An In 2005, Jon Daniels became the youngest general manager in MLB history. Former manager John Hart resigned from the Texas Rangers after four years with the team. 28-year-old Daniels made his first trade by swapping Alfonso Soriano to the Washington Nationals for Brad Wilkerson, Terrmel Sledge, and Armando Galarraga. Daniels received criticism…

Today in Sports History: October 3

By Veronica An Wang Zhizhi became the first player from the People’s Republic of China to be signed by the Los Angeles Clippers in 2002. Zhizhi had been playing professional basketball with the Bayi Rockets of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) since he was 17 and won six consecutive CBA championships with the Rockets. Although…

Today in Sports History: October 2

By Veronica An The voice of the Dodgers, Vin Scully, broadcast his final game at Oracle Park in San Francisco. Unfortunately, this game ended in a 7-1 loss for the Dodgers. Scully’s legendary career included over 9,000 games including, 21 no-hitters and three perfect games, over 67 years. The game ended with Scully singing a…

Today in Sports History: October 1

By Veronica An October 1, 1994 marked the beginning of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) 104-day lockout. The strike began when NHL owners proposed a salary cap and payroll tax to help subsidize teams in weaker markets. The NHL Players’ Association was against these measures. Players walked off the ice until a deal was brokered…

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…