50 years ago this month, the upstart American Basketball Association (ABA) played its first championship series. A colorful and dynamic league, the ABA was launched in 1967 and within ten years succeeded in forcing a merger with its rival, the NBA.
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MOTOR RACING April 20, 2008- Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300, becoming the first ever female driver to win at an Indy car race. In 2005, the Wisconsin native was named Rookie of The Year for the Indianapolis 500 and the Indycar series after taking three pole positions. She is the most successful woman in American open-wheel racing.
FOOTBALL April 18, 1998- At the NFL draft, QB Peyton Manning is the first pick by the Indianapolis Colts. Coming out of the University of Tennessee, Manning was the school’s all-time leading passer and also held the most victories in the SEC. He would go on to win 2 Super Bowl championships- XLI with the Colts and 50 with the Broncos.
BASEBALL April 20, 1988- The Baltimore Orioles set the worst record in MLB for a season start, going 0-14. They would lose the next 7 games before finally turning a game. Manager Cal Ripken was fired after posting 0-6 and replaced by Hall of Famer, Frank Robinson. The Mid-Atlantic franchise closed out the year at 54-107.
RUNNING April 17, 1978- Bill Rodgers wins the 82nd annual Boston Marathon, crossing the finish line with a time of 2:10:13. It was the second victory for the Connecticut native who would go on to claim two more consecutive marathons in “Beantown”. The long distance running master also won the NYC Marathon 4 straight years in a row from 1976-79.