In the afternoon of October 1st, 1919, Chicago White Sox pitcher Eddie Cicotte took the mound at the opening game of the World Series. The Sox had recently clinched the American League championship and they were now favored to win the Fall Classic against the Cincinnati Reds. In his second pitch at the bottom of the first inning, Cicotte proceeded to bean the lead-off hitter in the back.
Visit Our Rich Library
Twenty-five years ago, George Foreman returned to the boxing ring to win his second world heavyweight title, becoming the oldest …Read more
There was a time when running a marathon was the bastion of men, and for women to compete in the 26.2-mile race that commemorates an ancient Greek battle …Read more
In 2017, Tom Brady broke Peyton Manning’s record as the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl. In 2019, the New England Patriot surpassed him again …Read more
It was the trash-talking, media-hype event of the sexual revolution. On September 20, 1973, former tennis champion Bobby Riggs and the second ranked female player of the day, Billy Jean King, …Read more
One hundred years ago, Major League Baseball took steps to outlaw the controversial spitball. Some pitchers and owners thought they couldn’t win games without it, …Read more
How does a nation emerge from Olympic obscurity in a particular sport to become a gold medal winner several times over? In the case of Bulgaria, it was a training revolution …Read more
MOTOR RACING November 1, 2009 British car racer Jensen Button wins his first and last Formula One World Championship title after finishing 3rd at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the final race of the calendar year. Button clinched 6 GPs that season, including Monte Carlo, accumulating the most points at 95, or 11 ahead of runner-up Sebastian Vettel.
RUGBY November 6, 1999 Australia wins the 4th quadrennial Rugby World Cup championship after defeating France 35-12 in the Final. Wales was the official host to the tournament, which saw 65 national teams qualify for 20 spots at the 37-day event. The U.S. lost all 3 of its group matches, including a 53-8 crushing against Ireland, and was dispatched early.
BASEBALL November 3, 1989 Lou Piniella replaces Pete Rose as Manager of the Cincinnati Reds. It was Rose’s last year in professional baseball after being banned for life due to gambling activities in MLB games. Piniella stayed on for three seasons, leading the Reds to a World Series victory in just his first year as Manager with the mid-west franchise.
BASKETBALL October 30, 1979 The Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Chicago Bulls 111-105, winning a fifth straight game and posting an early season record of 7-2. In the first NBA season to implement the 3-point shot, they would go on to clinch the national Championship against the Philadelphia 76ers. Rookie Magic Johnson took home the MVP award.