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            1933      Four days after turning thirty years old and acquiring a very generous inheritance from his step-father, Tom Yawkey purchases the Red Sox from Robert Quinn for $1.2 million. The acquisition of the Boston American League franchise, which lasts for...

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RADIOTROY/SUBWAY SPORTSPAGE FEBRUARY 25

          INDIANA GIRLS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 1A Marquette Catholic 38, Vincennes Rivet 31 2A Central Noble 46, Winchester Community 42 3A Northwestern 63, Greensburg 42 4A Warren Central 50 Zionsville 46   INDIANA BOYS HS BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA New Castle 79 Muncie...

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DESMOND BANE HAS 16 IN TCU WIN

Alex Robinson scored 15 of his 22 points in the second half and TCU held off Baylor 82-72 on Saturday. After the Bears pulled within three points at 68-65, Robinson banked in a shot and made two free throws in a 7-0 run as TCU (20-9, 8-8 Big 12 Conference) increased...

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NBA HISTORY

February 6, 1970
Buffalo was granted an NBA franchise to be called the Braves. They later moved to San Diego, then Los Angeles and changed their name to the Clippers. Cleveland and Portland were also granted NBA franchises.

February 6, 1988
Larry Bird, who defeated Dale Ellis by two points, left the floor with his finger extended in the #1 sign as his last shot swished in the AT&T Shootout at Chicago Stadium.

February 6, 1988
The Bulls’ Michael Jordan won the Nestle Crunch Slam Dunk with a perfect score of 50 on his final dunk, in front of an appreciative hometown crowd at Chicago Stadium during NBA All-Star Saturday.

February 6, 2008
In a blockbuster deal, the Phoenix Suns acquire Shaquille O’Neal from the Miami Heat in exchange for four-time NBA All-Star Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks.

February 7, 1969
Rick Barry of the Oakland Oaks set an ABA and professional basketball record by going 23-for-23 from the free throw line as Oakland defeated the Kentucky Colonels 124-122 in overtime. Dominique Wilkins of Atlanta later matched Barry’s feat and set the NBA mark on December 8, 1992.

February 7, 1978
The Nets were snowbound by a blizzard in New Jersey, forcing their game in San Antonio to be postponed. This marked the first time a basketball game in south Texas was snowed out. The game was rescheduled for March 7. The Nets lost to the Spurs, 129-98.

February 7, 1987
In Seattle, Michael Jordan started at the opposite foul line to get a running start and took off from the near foul line to dunk without touching the floor in the Nestle Crunch Slam Dunk.

February 7, 2011
Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets scores 50 points in a 109-103 loss to the Houston Rockets.

February 8, 1986
5-foot-7 Spud Webb of the Atlanta Hawks scored two perfect scores of 50 to beat teammate Dominique Wilkins in Spud’s hometown of Dallas during the Nestle Crunch Slam Dunk. The AT&T Shootout debuted with Larry Bird capturing the crown.

February 8, 1987
Tom Chambers of the Seattle SuperSonics, a last-minute replacement for the injured Ralph Sampson, scored a game-high 34 points to lead the West to a 154-149 overtime win over the East in the 37th NBA All-Star Game before 34,275 at the Kingdome. Chambers was named the All-Star MVP for his efforts.

February 8, 1992
Cedric Ceballos used his “Hocus-Pocus” (blindfolded) dunk to win the Nestle Crunch Slam-Dunk in Orlando.

February 8, 1992
Craig Hodges of the Chicago Bulls captured his third straight AT&T Shootout at All-Star Saturday in Orlando, beating Sacramento’s Jim Les in the final round. Hodges matched Larry Bird’s string of three straight titles in the event from 1986-88.

February 8, 1996
After hitting for 30 points in a 107-102 win over visiting New Jersey, Phoenix’s Charles Barkley moves past 20,000 career points.

February 8, 1998
Michael Jordan scored 23 points, grabbed six rebounds and also dished a team-high eight assists on way to being named the 1998 NBA All-Star Game MVP. Jordan became the oldest All-Star Game MVP, winning the award nine days before his 35th birthday. One night earlier, Utah’s Jeff Hornacek survived an overtime en route to winning the 1998 AT&T Shootout while Cleveland’s Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who scored a game high 18 points, is named the Schick Rookie Game MVP. Houston Rocket Clyde Drexler and Houston Comet Cynthia Cooper captured the title in the debut of the Nestlé Crunch All-Star 2ball competition with a 73-61 win over Utah.

HISTORY OF THE GAME-MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

1929  The Red Sox announce the team will play its newly allowed Sunday games at Braves Field, the home of their National League rivals located on Commonwealth Avenue at Babcock Street. The team will not be able to play Sunday contests at Fenway Park until 1932 because of the blue laws that restrict the use of the venue due to its proximity to churches.

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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL-RARE FEATS

Four home runs in a game

Only 18 players have hit four home runs in a game in Major League history.American League

 Player, Team Date Result
Josh Hamilton, Texas 05-08-2012 Texas 10, Baltimore 3
Carlos Delgado, Toronto 09-25-2003 Toronto 10, Tampa Bay 8
Mike Cameron, Seattle 05-02-2002 Seattle 15, Chicago 4
Rocky Colavito, Cleveland 06-10-1959 Cleveland 11, Baltimore 8
Pat Seerey, Chicago 07-18-1948 Chicago 12, Philadelphia A’s 11
Lou Gehrig, New York 06-03-1932 New York 20, Philadelphia 13

National League

 Player, Team Date Result
J.D. Martinez, Arizona 09-04-2017 Arizona 13, Los Angeles 0
Scooter Gennett, Cincinnati 06-06-2017 Cincinnati 13, St. Louis 1
Shawn Green, Los Angeles 05-23-2002 LA 16, Milwaukee 3
Mark Whiten, St. Louis 09-07-1993 St. Louis 15, Cincinnati 2
Bob Horner, Atlanta 07-06-1986 Montreal 11, Atlanta 8
Mike Schmidt, Philadelphia 04-17-1976 Philadelphia 18, Chicago 16 (10 inn.)
Willie Mays, San Francisco 04-30-1961 San Francisco 14, Milwaukee 4
Joe Adcock, Milwaukee 07-31-1954 Milwaukee 15, Brooklyn 7
Gil Hodges, Brooklyn 08-31-1950 Brooklyn 15, Boston 3
Chuck Klein, Philadelphia 07-10-1936 Philadelphia 9, Pittsburgh 6 (10 inn.)
Ed Delahanty, Philadelphia 07-13-1896 Chicago 9, Philadelphia 8
Bobby Lowe, Boston 05-30-1894 Boston 12, Cincinnati 11

1971: At the World Weightlifting Championships in Columbus, Ohio, Vasili Alexeyev of the Soviet Union became the first man to lift at least 500 pounds in competition. Alexeyev, who had won two Olympic gold medals and eight world titles during the 70’s, lifted 501 1/4 pounds in the clean and jerk.

LITTLE KNOWN SPORTS FACT

1981: The legendary fisherman Roland Martin caught 21 bass during a three-day tournament at Toledo Bend, La., setting the seven-bass limit record of 84 pounds 11 ounces. He has been named angler of the year by the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society nine times since 1971.

1963  After leading the Giants to the pennant, Willie Mays becomes the game’s presently highest paid player, signing a $100,000 contract, a ten-thousand dollar increase from last season. The 31 year-old outfielder, who slugged a major league-leading 49 home runs last year, joins Stan Musial, Joe DiMaggio, and Ted Williams in inking a six-figure deal.

Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose-it teaches you about life.

Billie Jean King