Dec 31st 1969
The first professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, play their first game. It was the first of many intrasquad games until a second professional team was founded.
Mar 14th 1967
Michigan State defensive end Bubba Smith is selected by the Baltimore Colts as the No. 1 overall pick the first combined NFL-AFL draft. Baltimore picks in later rounds included Steve Guttenberg, Janet Jones and that black guy who does the sound effects.
Mar 13th 1960
The Chicago White Sox unveil new road uniforms with players' names above the number. The decision caused backup catcher John Taintlick to ask for a trade.
Mar 12th 1990
The Los Angeles Raiders announce they are moving to Oakland. Al Davis left Hollywood because he had failed to win the part of the Crypt Keeper on HBO's "Tales from the Crypt".
Dec 31st 1969
The first organized women's basketball game is played at Smith College between faculty and students. The game was sloppy due to the girls' repeatedly losing the handle on the ball when trying to do crossover dribbles through their petticoats.
Mar 10th 1963
Pete Rose makes his professional debut as a late-inning replacement in a spring training game. Rose went 1-for-2, correctly picking the over on the total runs scored, but missing on the winning team.
Mar 9th 1979
MLB commissioner Bowie Kuhn orders baseball teams to give equal access to female reporters in locker rooms. Kuhn also said female reporters would have full access to his pants.
Mar 8th 1968
Tommy Moore, age 6, scores a hole-in-one at Woodbrief Golf Course in Hagerstown, Maryland. Moore had to buy alcohol for everyone in his foursome, for which he was promptly cited and sent to a juvenile detention center for a year.
Mar 7th 1954
The NBA experiments for one game by raising the baskets to 12-feet in an exhibition game between Minneapolis and Milwaukee. The change had little impact on the game, as the floor was also raised two feet.
Mar 6th 1976
Wilfred Benitez, age 17, wins a 15-round decision over Antonio Cervantes to win the world junior welterweight title. Benitez was the youngest boxer to win a professional title fight since Joe Louis knocked out 6-year-old Petey "Soft Neck" McGee just seven seconds into the first round of a 1943 bout, breaking the child's neck.