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In the early 1970s, the New York Cosmos were an unremarkable, semi-professional soccer club playing a game that most Americans never cared for. Within a few years, the team became the hottest more
If baseball history is an extension of American history, then at its heart is the Louisville Slugger baseball bat, which dates back to the 1880s. more
In 1998, the Philadelphia Phillies named 87-year old Robert Cotter “Fan of the Century” and presented him with an autographed baseball of the entire team. It wasn’t that Cotter stood out as the club's most passionate fan, but more
As one of the oldest organized sports on the calendar, polo made its way to the American sporting landscape in the latter part of the 19th century. Originally a pursuit of the affluent elite, more
Despite the covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 United States Open tennis tournament is scheduled for August 31 to September 13 in New York. That is welcome news for Venus and Serena Williams, more
Award-winning journalist and author David Davis just released his latest book, “Wheels of Courage”, the story of the first wheelchair basketball teams that changed the perception and treatment of people with disability. more
Not many sports teams can fill up ten episodes of a documentary without running out of drama. But the story of the Chicago Bulls’ dynasty of the 1990s, as told by ESPN and Netflix more
Forty years ago, the intersection of sports and geopolitics came to a bizarre head. Faced with the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, President Jimmy Carter more
In 1989, when Tracy Edwards made it known that she was entering the 32,000-mile Whitbread Round the World Race with an all-female yacht crew, she was ridiculed and dismissed more
It’s a jaw-dropping investment normally associated with the long-term vision and financial wizardry of a Warren Buffet. In 1973, George Steinbrenner led a group of investors to purchase the New York Yankees for $10 million. more
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10 years ago

BASKETBALL  March 13, 2011  Kentucky routs Florida 70-54 at the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament. Seeded #1 and #2, respectively, in the SEC’s Eastern Division, the Gators and Wildcats were closely matched in their overall record standings. Held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, Kentucky won their 28th title and Darius Miller took home the MVP. Weeks later at the Final 4, they were stopped by Connecticut, losing by a single point 56-55.

20 years ago

GOLF  March 15, 2001  Annika Sorenstam shoots a 69 in the final round of the Nabisco Championship, winning the tournament with a -7(281), or 3 strokes ahead of 5 runners-up. It was the first of 3 victories for the Swedish golfer at the Kraft Nabisco Championships. One of the best female players in the history of the game, Sorenstam turned professional in 1992 and won her first major 3 years later at the U.S. Women’s Open. She retired in 2008 with 72 LPGA Tour wins.

30 years ago

BOXING  March 18, 1991  Mike Tyson defeats Donovan Ruddock with a TKO in the 7th round of an eliminator bout. At the time, both boxers were top contenders for Evander Holyfield’s WBC, WBF and IBF belt. Held at the Mirage in Paradise, Nevada, the hard-fought battle between the two heavyweights was not without its controversy before it ended in Tyson’s favor. Six months later in the same venue, they faced off for a rematch, which Tyson won by unanimous decision.

40 years ago

SKATING  March 5, 1981  Scott Hamilton wins the men’s singles in Figure Skating at the World Championships in Hartford, Connecticut. It was the first of 4 gold medals at the WC for the Midwesterner. Three years later, he would claim gold at the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo, ending a 24-year drought for American men in that category. An innovative skater who enjoyed entertaining crowds, he went on to tour with the Ice Capades before forming his own troupe, Stars on Ice.