On This Day in Sport

Events in Sport

  • 1886 Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England
  • 1896 First college basketball game with 5 players on each side is conducted by the University of Iowa; invites student athletes from University of Chicago for an experimental game; Chicago beats Iowa 15-12
  • 1938 Pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1947 Detroit Tigers sell Hank Greenberg to Pirates (for $25-35,000)
  • 1950 Indians pitcher Bob Feller, after 15-14 season, takes $20,000 salary cut to $45,000, pay cut is Feller's own suggestion
  • 1951 NFL rules tackles, guards & centers ineligible for forward pass
  • 1951 NFL takes control of failing Baltimore Colts
  • 1951 1951 NFL Draft: Kyle Rote from SMU first pick by New York Giants
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Deaths in Sport

  • 1950 Horace Rice, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1907), dies at 77
  • 1963 Johnnie Moyes, journalist and cricketer (S Aust batsman), dies
  • 1967 Barney Ross, welterweight Boxing Champ (1934), dies at 57
  • 1967 Reese "Goose" Tatum, basketballer (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 45
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