Jan 20th 1974
Essex (Md.) Community College defeats Englewood Cliffs, 210-67 in basketball. The score was actually much closer, but the scorekeeper had learned math at Essex Community College.
Dec 31st 1969
Boston Beaneaters catcher Marty Bergen kills his family with an axe and then commits suicide. For many, the murder-suicide overshadowed the impressive .955 fielding percentage Bergen posted in 1899.
Jan 18th 1958
Willie O'Ree suits up for the Boston Bruins, becoming the first black player in the NHL. Boston promptly cut O'Ree when they realized he wasn't Irish.
Jan 17th 1995
The Los Angeles Rams announce they are moving to St. Louis. The move left the huge Los Angeles market with the USC Trojans as its sole professional football team.
Jan 16th 1988
CBS fires Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder for making racist comments. Snyder had stated that only old, white people watch CBS shows.
Jan 15th 1942
President Roosevelt asks baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis to continue baseball during World War II. FDR had an outstanding team in his fantasy keeper league.
Jan 14th 1954
Joe DiMaggio marries the actress Marilyn Monroe. At the couple's wedding reception, Mickey Mantle broke up with the drink Shirley Temple.
Jan 13th 1972
Housewife Bernice Gera wins her lawsuit against baseball, and the former umpire will begin working in New York-Penn League in June. Many players, specifically pitchers, felt uncomfortable with a female umpire because they didn't want her to see their balls.
Jan 12th 1993
Doctors announce Pittsburgh Penguins star Mario Lemieux has Hodgkin's disease. Lemieux missed a shift to have his cancer taped up and then immediately returned to the ice.
Jan 11th 1973
The American League adopts the designated hitter. The provision passed after A.L. owners agreed to call the position "designated hitter" and not "fat guy who can't field".