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This Date in Sports History June 2, 1942 Ted Williams enlists in the Air Force
Teddy Ballgame lost close to five-prime years by serving his country. Williams flew 39 missions with the Third Marine Air Wing, 223rd Squadron with his first combat mission taking place on Feb. 16, 1953. Capt. Williams was hit by North Korean forces during the mission and safely crash landed, walking away with only a sprained ankle.
The Sports Sitdown with former Vikings WR Sammy White
Iona University Sports Media Professor Mike Damergis talks with former Minnesota Vikings WR Sammy White. White joined Minnesota in 1976, winning Rookie of the Year with 10 TD's. White discuses losing Superbowl 11 to the Raiders and the lasting effect it had on the team heading into 1977. White says the 1985 Bears were by far the best defense he ever faced.
This Date in Sports History June 1, 1935 Lou Gehrig streak begins
1925 — Lou Gehrig bats for Pee Wee Wanninger in the eighth inning and replaces Wally Pipp at first base to start his streak of 2,130 consecutive games. Henry Louis Gehrig was an American professional baseball first baseman who played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees. Gehrig was renowned for his prowess as a hitter and for his durability, which earned him his nickname "the Iron Horse".
This Date in Sports History May 31, 1937 POLO GROUNDS
On this date, the Giants have their second largest crowd of just over 61, 000 fans as the Dodgers beat NY 10-3. The Polo Grounds was the name of three stadiums in Upper Manhattan, New York City, used mainly for professional baseball and American football from 1880 through 1963. The original Polo Grounds, opened in 1876 and demolished in 1889, was built for the sport of polo.
This Date in Sports History May 30 Ruth plays in his last game
1935 Philadelphia pitcher Jim Bivin retires Babe Ruth on an infield grounder in "the Babe's" final MLB at-bat; Ruth plays just 1 inning in Boston Braves, 11-6 loss to Phillies at the Baker Bowl. Ruth finished his career with 714 home runs and hit a career best 60 in 1927. 1942 Satchel Paige pitches 5 innings to defeat Dizzy Dean All-Stars 8-1.
This Date in Sports History Larry Bird wins Rookie of the Year
1980 — Larry Bird beats out Magic Johnson for NBA rookie of year. One of the greatest aspects of the NBA are the rivalries, be it between teams or players or even conferences. The NBA has been blessed with some fierce rivalries that have brought out the best of both teams, a strong, shared competitive spirit that creates aggression and intensity but short of malice. But maybe the best thing about rivalries is that at the end of the day, both sides have a begrudging but undoubtedly amount of respect for each other. How did Larry Bird win Rookie of the Year over Magic? The 1979-80 NBA season was the rookie season for Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics and Earvin “Magic” Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers. Bird averaged 21.3 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists. Magic averaged 18.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 7.3 assists for the Lakers. Both players made the All-NBA Rookie Team and were selected for the NBA All-Star Game. Bird won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award over Magic, with a landslide win of 63-3 in the voting, the consensus being that Bird’s rookie season was better than Magic’s.
This Date in Sports History May 27 George Halas
George Halas'318 regular-season wins and 324 total victories were long-standing NFL records until broken by Don Shula in 1993. His Chicago Bears teams won six NFL titles, the first coming in 1921 after the Staleys moved to Chicago. George's Bears won three other divisional titles and finished second 15 times.
This Date in Sports History Mike Schmidt #20 retired
On May 26, 1990, the Phillies retired Mike Schmidt's # 20. Schmidt hit 548 career home runs for the Phils and led his team to a World Championship in 1980. Wikipedia: Schmidt was a 12-time All-Star and a three-time winner of the National League Most Valuable Player award , and he was known for his combination of power hitting and strong defense. As a hitter, he compiled 548 home runs and 1,595 runs batted in, and led the NL in home runs eight times and in RBIs four times. As a fielder, Schmidt won the National League Gold Glove Award for third basemen ten times. Schmidt was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995 and is widely considered to be the greatest third baseman in baseball history
Sports History May 25 Muhammad Ali knocks-out Sonny Liston
Today in Sports, May 25 — Muhammad Ali KOs Sonny Liston a minute into the 1st round for heavyweight title. Muhammad Ali called it his “anchor punch,” a quick right hand that the young heavyweight champion claimed he had learned from his friend, actor Stepin Fetchit. To the rest of the world, it would be known as “The Phantom Punch.” That shot, which Ali dropped Sonny Liston with on May 25, 1965, was far from a phantom. The right hand landed flush on the face of Liston, who, despite having lost to Ali in surprising fashion a year earlier, was still a favorite heading into their rematch. What people debate to this day is whether the punch had enough force to knock out a durable, yet aging former heavyweight champion. As it was, Liston took the punch and fell flat on his back, then struggled to get up before falling back down. Ali stood over Liston and demanded that he get back up before running around the ring with his hands in the air. Liston rose up defenseless, but referee Jersey Joe Walcott stopped the fight on the advice of The Ring magazine founder Nat Fleischer, who told Walcott from his seat next to the timekeeper that the count had reached twelve.
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