Today in sports history



Nine-time Stanley Cup winner as a head coach, and 14-time winner as a player, coach and executive, Scotty Bowman won the 1,000th game of his career (on his way to 1,244), 22 years ago today. – TOM PIDGEON , The Associated Press


1895 — Volleyball is invented by W.G. Morgan in Massachusetts.

1900 — Dwight Davis establishes a new tennis trophy, the Davis Cup.

1940 — Joe Louis beats Arturo Godoy in 15 rounds for heavyweight boxing title.

1951 — St. Louis Browns sign 45-year-old pitcher, Satchel Paige.

1960 — AFL and NFL agree verbally to a no-tampering pact.

1964 — IX Olympic Winter Games close in Innsbruck, Austria.

1971 — Leroy (Satchel) Paige becomes first negro-league player elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.

1974 — U.S. female Figure Skating championship won by Dorothy Hamill.

1988 — New Hampshire begins a NCAA record 32-game losing streak at home (ends February 1991).

 1997 — Scotty Bowman is first NHL coach to win 1,000 games.

2001 — Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees finalize a $189-million, 10-year contract, making Jeter the second highest paid player in the history of the sport.

2002 — The XIX Olympic Winter Games open in Salt Lake City, Utah.

2006 — Bengie Molina signs a US$5-million, one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, with a $7.5-million option for 2007.

2009 — New York Yankees’ baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez admits to having used performance-enhancing steroids earlier in his career, over a three-year period from 2001 to 2003 with the Texas Rangers.

2009 — At Plumpton, England, jockey Tony McCoy, riding Restless D’Artaix, records his 3,000th career horse racing win.


1908 — Tommy Burns knocks out Jack Palmer in four rounds for heavyweight boxing title.

1920 — Major League Baseball outlaws all pitches involving tampering with the ball.

1924 — Bucky Harris, 27, becomes youngest baseball manager (Washington Senators).

1961 — AFL’s Los Angeles Chargers move to San Diego.

1962 — Jim Beatty sets American indoor mile record (3:58.9) in Los Angeles.

1969 — LSU’s Pete Maravich scores 66, despite Tigers losing to Tulane 101-94.

1974 — Judy Ikenberry wins first U.S. women’s marathon in 2:55:17.

1975 — William (Judy) Johnson selected to Baseball Hall of Fame.

1989 — Boston Celtics’ KC Jones and Cleveland Cavaliers’ Lenny Wilkens elected to NBA Hall of Fame.

1991 — Johann Koss skates world record 10 km in 13:43.54.

1992 — Bonnie Blair wins 1992 Olympics first gold medal for the U.S.A.

2006 — The XX Olympic Winter Games open in Turin, Italy.