When Soccer Triggered An Armed Conflict

April 14, 2019

Soccer violence on and off the field is universal like the game itself, but in 1969 the world’s most popular sport triggered an actual war between two countries. Though the tensions between El Salvador and Honduras were historically rooted, it was a series of

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April 7, 2019
Pro Golf Takes Off

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. …

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March 24, 2019
How The NCAA Overtook Its Rival, The NIT

Hosting its games at New York City’s prestigious Madison Square Garden (MSG), the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) was historically a more glamorous basketball event than the NCAA's post-season tourney …

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March 17, 2019
"Pumping Iron" Goes Mainstream

Long the domain of a small but dedicated group of muscle enthusiasts, bodybuilding burst into the mainstream in the late 1970’s …

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March 10, 2019
Long Forgotten, The First "Miracle On Ice"

Two decades before “Miracle On Ice” at Lake Placid swept the country into euphoria, an earlier generation of young amateurs …

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March 2, 2019
The Best Of Frenemies

One of the most storied rivalries in sports history was even recreated on Broadway in a show called “Magic/Bird”. …

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February 24, 2019
A Tragic End For The Golden Age Of U.S. Figure Skating

On the morning of February 15, 1961, Sabena flight 548 was making its long approach into Zaventem Airport in Brussels, Belgium. …

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February 17, 2019
The Wreck & Brawl That Put NASCAR On The Map

Forty years ago, tires were screeching, fists were flying, and millions of Americans were buried deep in snow. Against all …

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February 10, 2019
Blocking Shots & Standing Tall For Human Rights

Looking like a gangly mythical creature, Manute Bol was the tallest player to join the NBA. The 7-foot, 7-inch (2.31m) native of Sudan …

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10 years ago

BOXING April 25, 2009   In an event billed as “Campeon versus Campeon”, Juan Manuel Lopez defeats Gerry Penalosa to retain his WBO junior featherweight title. In a barrage of punches and counterpunches, Lopez averaged 50 hits per round. In the 8th round, he managed 87 punches landed, the 6th highest on record for all weight classes.

20 years ago

SOCCER April 28, 1999   Alf Ramsey, manager of England’s 1966 World Cup winning team, dies at the age of 79. Ramsey spent his playing career with Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur before becoming a team manager. He represented the national squad from 1963-74 and was knighted for his World Cup achievement, England’s only Cup victory to date.

30 years ago

BASEBALL April 21, 1989   George W. Bush, the future 43rd President of the United States, leads a group of investors to purchase a controlling interest in the Texas Rangers baseball franchise. He becomes the managing general partner for the next five years. Bush sold his stake in 1998 for a reported $15 million from his initial $800,000 investment in the club.

40 years ago

RUNNING April 16, 1979   Bill Rodgers wins his 3rd Boston Marathon, clearing the finish line in 2:09:27. On the women’s side, it was Joan Benoit of Maine who placed first in a time of 2:35:15. The running was the 83rd edition of the famed long-distance race, the oldest of its kind to be held annually. Rodgers would claim his 4th victory the following year.