A Forgotten Cold War Hockey Tale

November 11, 2018

In November, 1959, America’s reigning senior amateur ice hockey champions, the Brockton “Wetzells” of Massachusetts, accepted an invitation to play five games at Moscow’s grand Luzhniki Sports Palace. It was the height of the Cold War and amid high expectations, the Americans' performance left much to be desired. In fact, it was a disaster.

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10 years ago

HOCKEY November 22, 2008  The Montreal Canadiens retire Patrick Roy’s #33 jersey. One of the greatest goaltenders of all time, “Saint Patrick” Roy spent his career playing 11 years for the Canadiens and 8 years for the Avalanche between 1984-2003. The Quebec native won 4 Stanley Cups, 2 with each franchise. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006.

20 years ago

BASKETBALL November 14, 1998  Chicago Bulls power forward Dennis Rodman weds model and ‘Baywatch’ actress Carmen Electra at Little Chapel of the Flowers in Las Vegas; 6 months later Electra would file for divorce. The eccentric Rodman was a 5x NBA champion, twice with the Pistons and three times with the Bulls. His last stint in the NBA was with the Dallas Mavericks in 2000.

30 years ago

FOOTBALL November 20, 1988  The first NCAA football game to take place in Europe is played at Dublin’s Lansdowne Road Stadium in Ireland. Boston College defeated Army 38-24 in what was billed as the ‘Emerald Isle Classic’. The game was intended as an annual event to attract some of the 40 million Americans of Irish descent back to their ancestral homeland.

40 years ago

MOTOR RACING November 19, 1978  NASCAR driver Cale Yarborough is crowned champion of the Winston Cup Series after winning 12 of the season’s 30 runs. It was the third consecutive Series triumph for the South Carolina native who remains only one of two NASCAR racers to claim three straight victories; the other is Jimmy Johnson with five.