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Clifford Roberts, co-founder and long-time chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club once commented, “As long as I’m alive, all the golfers will be white and all the caddies will be black”. Roberts’ self-declared social order remained unbroken for most of his autocratic tenure at the famed Georgia golf course. The standout exception was Lee Elder, who became the first African- more
Thirty years ago, Steffi Graf turned in an unprecedented tennis season that still stands on its own today. more
How do you keep a home-grown sports phenom from leaving his country for greener pastures? Turn him into a national treasure, legally. more
On September 25th, 2016 Vincent Edward “Vin” Scully sat behind the microphone in a Dodger Stadium broadcast booth and called a Dodgers home game for the last time. more
Mobsters, crooked athletes, gambling addicts, and all-around unsavory characters. It sounds like the narrative of an old Hollywood script, but they all played roles more
Major League Soccer (MLS) and its team owners are scoring big this year. In March, a minority sale of the Orlando City FC valued the franchise at $490 million more
Winner of the 1964 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, Northern Dancer’s achievements on the racetrack were just a footnote next to his accomplishments in the breeding shed. more
The 1942 Stanley Cup Final between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings had all the thrilling drama of a championship series, plus more. more
When “Satchel” Paige signed with the Cleveland Indians 70 years ago, an editorial column in The Sporting News chided team owner Bill Veeck for making a farce of the national pastime. more
50 years ago this month, the upstart American Basketball Association (ABA) played its first championship series. more
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10 years ago

BASEBALL June 25, 2008  Fresno State takes the College World Series, defeating the University of Georgia 2-1 in the series. 64 colleges entered the NCAA Division I tournament. Ranked #4 in their region and considered a ‘Cinderella’ team throughout the competition, Fresno State became the lowest seeded school in any NCAA sport to eventually win the title.

20 years ago

GOLF June 21, 1998  Lee Janzen wins the US Open, shooting an even 280 at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. Janzen was just one stroke ahead of runner-up Payne Stewart, who would win the following year’s event but then die in a plane crash four months later.  It was Janzen's second and final career major after capturing his first at the 1993 Open.

30 years ago

BASKETBALL June 21, 1988  The LA Lakers beat the Detroit Piston 4-3 for the NBA championship. It was the second consecutive victory for the West Coast team and the 11th overall for the franchise. Small forward James Worthy picked up the MVP award, scoring 36 points in the pivotal Game 7, which saw LA win by just a 3-point margin (108-105).

40 years ago

SOCCER June 25, 1978  Argentina defeats Netherlands 3-1 in overtime at the FIFA World Cup. It was the first title for the South American national team, which would go on to win its second and last Cup championship in 1986. Striker Mario Kempes placed two goals at the Final, earning the tournament’s Golden Shoe Award as the highest scorer.