This Week in Sports History

Read this week’s historical sports facts and impress friends and co-workers.


February 11th

  • 1990:  James “Buster” Douglas knocks out Mike Tyson to win the World Heavyweight Boxing crown
  • 2001:  Three Rivers Stadium, old home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is imploded

February 12th

  • 1937:  Cleveland Rams granted an NFL franchise
  • 2002:  For the first time in its history, the MLB owns a team after acquiring the Expos for $120 million

February 13th

  • 1937:  NFL’s Boston Redskins move to Washington DC
  • 1990:  Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics ends free throw streak at 71 games

February 14th

  • 1966:  Wilt Chamberlain breaks NBA scoring record, at the time, at 20,884 points
  • 1988:  Bobby Allison at age 50 becomes the oldest driver ever to win the Daytona 500

February 15th

  • 1932:  US bobsled member, Eddie Eagan, becomes only athlete in history to win gold medals in both Summer and Winter Olympics (1920 boxing gold)
  • 1961:  Entire US women’s figure skating team of 18 dies in Belgian Sabena 707 plane crash

February 16th

  • 1992:  Los Angeles Lakers retire Magic Johnson’s #32 uniform
  • 2005:  The NHL cancels 2004-2005 season, becoming the first North American professional league to cancel an entire season due to labor dispute

February 17th

  • 1968:  Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opens in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 2003:  The Atlanta Braves and Greg Maddux agree to the largest one-year contract in MLB history at $14.75 million