On December 4, 1972, the weather was a chilly 26 degrees. Traffic was backed-up on Lewis Avenue and spanned more than 3 miles. The impressive scoreboard had just arrived earlier that morning and hung proudly on display, not showing any signs of last-minute tinkering and installation challenges. A sigh of relief moved among the staff at Oral Roberts University (ORU).
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Decades before Jane Fonda sent millions of American women into their living rooms with her pop-in exercise videos, Jack LaLanne was busy …Read more
With pre-season football upon us, I yearn for the days, now buried deep in the scrapbook, when the beloved old man George Halas and the Bears …Read more
In January, 1977, William “Slew” Hester, President of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), was flying into LaGuardia Airport when he spotted the old, disused Singer Bowl under a blanket of snow. …Read more
It's impossible to settle the question of who was the greatest athlete of all time, though it certainly makes for a lively and interesting debate. …Read more
On a winter day in 1916, a group of golfers met in New York City to hear what Lewis Rodman Wanamaker, heir to the Wanamaker department store fortune, had to say about golf. …Read more
A professional ball player turned international spy resonates like a best-selling novel, or a thriller out of a Hollywood script. But in the case of Moe Berg, it was the true tale …Read more
The seeds were planted in 1946 when clan patriarch Joseph Kennedy, Sr. created a foundation to better the lives of the mentally disabled. …Read more
Drinking Schlitz-loads of beer and hurling vinyl records like they were frisbees, tens of thousands of stadium goers showed up at Comiskey Park on July 12, 1979 to witness a disco vinyl bonfire …Read more
FOOTBALL September 14, 2008 In week 2 of the NFL, the Indianapolis Colts defeat the Minneapolis Vikings 18-15. Colts QB Peyton Manning led his team back from a 15-0 deficit and then Adam Vinatieri booted a 47-yard field goal to take the lead and the game. Both teams made the playoffs that year, but neither advanced past the Wild Card games.
AUTO RACING September 13, 1998 Michael Schumacher wins the Italian Grand Prix, beating Eddie Irvine who came in 2nd and his own brother, Ralf Schumacher, who placed 3rd; it was the first time in F1 history that two brothers shared the podium. With 86 pts at season’s end, Michael lost the championship to Mika Hakinnen who finished with 100.
OLYMPICS September 15, 1988 Lillehammer, Norway is selected over Anchorage, Alaska to host the 1994 Winter Olympics. The Games were the second winter competitions to take place in the Scandinavian nation, with the first being the 1952 Olympics held in Oslo. The other cities that lost the 1994 bid were Ostersund, Austria and Sofia, Bulgaria.
TENNIS September 10, 1978 Jimmy Connors defeats Bjorn Borg at the US Open 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 to become the first player to win the American tournament on 3 different surfaces- grass, clay and hard. It was the first time the US Open was played at the National Tennis Center after moving from the West Side Tennis Club where the event had been held since 1915.