On This Day

Colorado Rockies in History

Events in Sport

  • 1977-12-17 Rookie defenseman Barry Beck scores first career hat trick and adds an assist in Colorado Rockies' 5-1 win v Minnesota North Stars; sets NHL record for rookie defensemen with a goal in his 6th straight game

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1981-04-01 Edmonton center Wayne Gretzky has an assist (his 103rd) in the Oilers 4-4 tie with Colorado Rockies to break Bobby Orr's 10-year mark for most assists in a single NHL season

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1982-02-20 NY Islanders win then NHL record 15th straight game by beating Colorado Rockies, 3-2 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
  • 1982-05-27 New owners headed by John McMullen buy NHL's Colorado Rockies and move the team to the New Jersey Meadowlands under the new name NJ Devils
  • 1991-07-05 MLB owners approve Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins as new NL franchises to start play in 1993
  • 1992-06-16 Colorado Rockies 1st minor league team's (Bend Oregon in Class A) game
  • 1992-10-27 Don Baylor appointed 1st manager of Colorado Rockies
  • 1993-04-05 A win and a loss for MLB expansion teams in their debut games; Florida Marlins beat LA Dodgers, 6-3 in Miami; the Colorado Rockies lose to Mets, 3-0 in NYC
  • 1993-04-09 Colorado Rockies 1st home game & 1st victory, 11-4 over Mont Expos
  • 1995-10-01 NY Yankees (AL) and Colorado Rockies (NL) become first wild-card teams in new MLB playoff system; Rox are first team to reach postseason before 7th year; post best ever record for a 3rd-year team, 10 games over .500 (77-67)
  • 1996-05-11 Florida Marlin Al Leiter no hits Colorado Rockies, 11-0
  • 1996-09-17 Dodger Hideo Nomo no-hits Colorado Rockies, 9-0 at Coors Field
  • 1998-03-31 Expansion clubs, Tampa Bay and Arizona both suffer bad losses in their MLB debuts; Devil Rays lose, 11-6 to the Detroit Tigers and the Diamondbacks fall, 9-2 to Colorado Rockies
  • 2007-06-28 Craig Biggio of the Houston Astros becomes the 27th member of the 3000 hit club, going 5 for 5 against the Colorado Rockies
  • 2007-10-15 MLB National League Championship: Colorado Rockies beat Arizona Diamondbacks, 4 games to 0
  • 2007-10-28 Boston World Series Baseball: Red Sox beat Colorado, 4-3 in Game 4 at Coors Field, Denver to sweep the Rockies and win their 2nd title in 4 years; MVP: Boston 3rd baseman Mike Lowell
  • 2014-07-29 Chicago Cubs player John Baker scores the win against the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field in the longest game in Cubs history

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1956-09-28 Bob Miller, American ice hockey center (47 games USA; Boston Bruins, Colorado Rockies, LA Kings), born in Medford, Massachusetts (d. 2020)
  • 1961-06-18 Andres Galarraga, Venezuelan infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Caracas
  • 1962-11-12 Jeff Reed, Joliet IL, catcher (Colorado Rockies)
  • 1963-11-18 Dante Bichette, outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1963-11-28 Walt Weiss, American baseball shortstop (AL Rookie of the Year 1988; World Series 1989; MLB All Star 1998; Oakland A's, Colorado Rockies) and manager (Colorado Rockies 2013-16), born in Tuxedo, New York
  • 1964-09-11 Ellis Burks, American baseball outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • 1965-06-08 Kevin Ritz, American pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Eatonstown, New Jersey
  • 1966-03-11 Steve Reed, MLB pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1966-04-25 Darren Holmes, American baseball pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • 1966-04-29 John Vander Wal, American NLB outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • 1966-05-01 Armando Reynoso, Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies, New York Mets, Arizona Diamondbacks), born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico
  • 1966-05-11 Trenidad Hubbard, American MLB outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1967-05-11 Eric Young, infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • 1967-07-04 Vinny Castilla, Mexican baseball infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Oaxaca, Mexico
  • 1967-07-21 Lance Painter, Bedford England, pitcher (Colorado Rockies)
  • 1967-10-20 Harvey Pulliam, outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1969-02-10 Jayhawk Owens, American MLB catcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1970-05-05 Juan Acevedo, Mexican baseball player (Colorado Rockies), born in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
  • 1970-08-16 Quinton McCracken, outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 1971-01-05 Jason Bates, American baseball infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Downey, California
  • 1971-04-07 Mark Thompson, Russellville KY, pitcher (Colorado Rockies)
  • 1971-04-30 Ryan Hawblitzel, pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1973-08-20 Todd Helton, American baseball player (Colorado Rockies), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1977-12-18 José Acevedo, Dominican MLB baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds, 2001-04; Colorado Rockies, 2005), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1979-08-20 Cory Sullivan, American baseball player (Colorado Rockies), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1984-10-10 Troy Tulowitzki, American baseball shortstop (MLB All Star 2010, 11, 13–15; Gold Glove Award 2010, 11; Colorado Rockies), born in Santa Clara, California

Deaths in Sport

  • 2020-10-02 Bob Miller, American ice hockey center (47 games USA; Boston Bruins, Colorado Rockies, LA Kings), dies at 64