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 during a baseball double-header.
Five years after the disastrous “10-cent Beer Night” at Cleveland Stadium sent drunken rioters to hospitals and police stations,
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Scoring goals on the soccer pitch might be sexy but blocking incoming ball-missiles takes raw machismo and nobody did it better than the Soviet Union’s Lev Yashin. …Read more
In 2012, American cycling champ Lance Armstrong was stripped of his victories at the Tour de France, becoming the modern-day poster child of a sport hopelessly gripped by doping scandals. …Read more
From the inaugural games in 1930 through the last championship in 2014, the World Cup has thrilled and dazzled us every four years. This booklet captures the highlights of each Cup and is packed with stimulating …Read more
32 years ago this week, Len Bias became the 2nd overall pick at the 1986 NBA draft. Two days later, the talented 22-year old from the University of Maryland died of a cocaine overdose. …Read more
Clifford Roberts, co-founder and long-time chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club once commented, “As long as I’m alive, all the golfers will be white and all the caddies will be black”. …Read more
Thirty years ago, Steffi Graf turned in an unprecedented tennis season that still stands on its own today. …Read more
MOTOR RACING July 20, 2008 Lewis Hamilton wins the German Grand Prix driving for McLaren-Mercedes. The victory was Hamilton’s second consecutive triumph after taking the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. At season’s end, the 23-year old would become the then youngest and only black racer in F1 history to win a championship title.
GOLF July 17, 1998 Mark O’Meara shoots a 280 to win the 127th British Open at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club. In a playoff against fellow American Brian Watts, O’Meara claimed his second major championship of the year after topping the Masters three months earlier. Those victories were the only major titles of his 34 professional wins.
HOCKEY July 16, 1988 In a lavish event dubbed by the Canadian press as the “Royal Wedding”, Wayne Gretsky weds actress Janet Jones; the couple would have 5 children. After 20 seasons in professional hockey, Gretsky wrapped up his career in 1999 playing for 4 teams and producing more goals and assists than any other player in NHL history.
BASEBALL July 17, 1978 Yankee Manager Billy Martin and slugger Reggie Jackson clash at a Royals game after Jackson tried to bunt when he was told to hit away, causing Martin to suspend him. A week later, Martin himself would resign following 3 tumultuous years with the NY club, but the troubled and controversial manager would eventually return.