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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
Eighty years ago, the “New York Journal” proclaimed James Smith Ferebee, a flamboyant 32-year old stockbroker from Chicago, the ‘Hercules of Golf’. Yet today, few fans and even golf historians know his name or what he did to earn that designation. more
At the start of the baseball season 80 years ago, few people imagined that Detroit Tigers’ Hank Greenberg would come close to matching the most hallowed sports record at the time, more
Now that Formula One is in the hands of American billionaire John Malone, it remains to be seen whether the media mogul can ignite interest among Americans in the world's premier auto race. more
Roger Bannister’s death earlier this month at the age of 88 reminded us of another era when running the mile under 4 minutes was the track athlete’s elusive goal. more
For those who wonder why the Big Apple hasn’t hosted an NCAA basketball Final since 1950, the answer might lie in a game-fixing scandal that for years had left an indelible mark on college basketball. more
Since Hollywood debuted the Academy Awards in 1929, only three Best Pictures went to sports related movies: (2004) “Million Dollar Baby”, (1981) “Chariots of Fire”, and (1976)“Rocky”. more
There was a time when rugby might have become America’s contact sport and Monday morning office chats might have mused around tries, scrums and drop-kicks more
John L. Sullivan, the celebrated 19th century fist fighter who embodied the spirit of a fighting Irishman, died one hundred years ago in Abington, Massachusetts. more
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10 years ago

SOCCER January 12, 2009  Christiano Ronaldo receives the 2008 FIFA World Player Of The Year award. A recipient of many soccer accolades, the Portuguese striker is recognized as one of the best players and most prolific scorers of all time. Ronaldo started with Manchester United in 2003 and then moved to Real Madrid in 2009. He is now with Juventus.

20 years ago

FOOTBALL January 17, 1999  The Atlanta Falcons clinch the NFC Championship, beating the Minnesota Vikings 30-27 in overtime. Vikings placekicker Gary Anderson, posting a perfect field goal record during the season, misses a 4th quarter kick at the NFC Championship. “The Miss” allows the Falcons to tie the game and later win in OT.

30 years ago

BASEBALL January 9, 1989  Johnny Bench and Carl Yastrzemski are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Possibly the greatest catcher in the game, Bench was a 2x World Series winner (1975, ’76) with the Cincinnati Reds. Yastrzemski was an 18x All-Star, 23-year veteran of the Boston Red Sox, and 2nd in MLB for playing the most games.

40 years ago

HOCKEY January 9, 1979  The Boston Bruins retire Bobby Orr’s #4 jersey. One of the greatest on the ice, Orr spent 12 years in the NHL, 10 of which were with the Boston Bruins. Using speed and playmaking abilities, he revolutionized the defensive position and holds the record for most points and assists as a defenseman. Orr retired in 1978.