Dec 23rd 1997
Chicago Bulls head coach Phil Jackson becomes the quickest to reach 500 wins. Red Auerbach sent Jackson a congratulatory cigar which turned out to be a dried log of poo.
Dec 22nd 1943
Manufacturers receive permission to use synthetic rubber for the core of baseballs. And so ended the practice of making baseball cores out of chunks of moms and apple pies.
Dec 21st 1993
Shaquille O'Neal's "I Know I Got Skillz" single from his debut rap album is certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. On word of the news, worldwide gold markets dropped to record-low levels.
Dec 20th 1926
The Giants trade Frankie Frisch and Jimmy Ring to the Cardinals for Rogers Hornsby. The Giants felt the trade was unfair after discovering they only got one Rogers and not two.
Dec 19th 1986
Michael Sergio is sentenced to 100 hours of community service and fined $500 after he parachutes into Shea Stadium during Game 6 of the World Series. Mets players paid Sergio's fine for him because they had hired him to parachute into the stadium to deliver their daily cocaine shipment.
Dec 31st 1969
Baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb is born in Georgia. Unfortunately, the joyous occasion was ruined when Cobb slapped his mother for not pushing hard enough.
Dec 17th 1991
The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Miami Heat, 148-80, the most lopsided game in NBA history. Heat guard Bimbo Coles said he had never been so low, even during his years as Prostitute Coles.
Dec 16th 1991
The Florida Marlins sign the first player in franchise history, 16-year-old Clemente Nunez. One year later the Marlins traded Nunez for prospects when he turned 17 and requested his allowance be upped to $10 a week from $8.
Dec 31st 1969
Dr. James Naismith invents basketball. Naismith had more success with this game than his previous sport inventions: basketgolf, baseketswimming and basketjavelin.
Dec 14th 1901
The first table tennis tournament is held at the London Royal Aquarium. With the rules of the sport not yet set as they are today, the players competed atop a giant 78-by-36 foot table.