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…

Today in Sports History: December 11

By Veronica An Muhammad Ali (born Caccius Clay) steps into the ring one final time to face off with Trevor Berbick in 1981. Ali, nicknamed “The Greatest,” began his professional boxing career in the light heavyweight division of the 1960 Summer Olympics. He captured the world heavyweight boxing championship in 1964. In addition to his…

Today in Sports History: December 10

By Veronica An The Los Angeles Lakers retired James Worthy’s No. 42 jersey during a 1995 halftime game against the Detroit Pistons. Worthy was only the sixth player in team history to have his number retired. Worthy was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 1982 NCAA championship when he played small forward for the…

Today in Sports History: December 9

By Veronica An Kevin Johnson recorded 10 steals during a 1993 game between the Phoenix Suns and the Washington Wizards, making him the 13th player in NBA history to do so. Johnson was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the seventh pick of the 1987 NBA draft, he saw limited playing time in the 1987-8…

Today in Sports History: December 8

By Veronica An In 1999, Charles Barkley’s NBA career ended on the basketball court. The Houston Rockets’ forward tore his left quadricep tendon while attempting to block a shot by Tyrone Hill, of the Philadelphia Sixers. Barkley was known for his aggressive style of play, impressive rebounding skills (12.9 rebounds per game average), and agility….

Today in Sports History: December 7

By Veronica An In 1995, referee Jake O’Donnell announced his retirement after officiating more than 2,134 regular-season games from 1967 to 1995. O’Donnell officiated 279 playoff games and 39 NBA Finals games during his 28 seasons in the league. He was known for being an even-handed referee who was not swayed by home crowds. Despite…

Today in Sports History: December 6

By Veronica An In 2000, Antawn Jamison and Kobe Bryant each scored 51 points in a Golden State Warriors versus Los Angeles Kings game (125-122). This marks the first time in 38 years that opposing NBA players score more than 50 points during a single game. The last time was on December 14, 1963 when…

Today in Sports History: December 5

By Veronica An WNBA team the Utah Starzz relocate to San Antonio for the 2003 season. The Starzz was one of the original eight WNBA teams, founded in 1979. The Starzz relocated to San Antonio and were renamed the San Antonio Silver Stars. During their 14-year tenure in San Antonio, they qualified for the playoffs…