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WORLD SERIES HISTORY 1965

After a short, one year absence, the Los Angeles Dodgers returned to the Fall Classic on the arm of '63 Series winner Sandy Koufax. The postseason-proven lefty had just finished the regular season with a 26-8 record, a 2.04 ERA and a perfect game to boot (his fourth...

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BASEBALL’S BEST: HENRY CHADWICK

In the fall of 1856, a New York Times cricket journalist spotted a fascinating game of "base ball" being played across the field. Henry Chadwick knew baseball well enough but was now seeing the game in a new light as if for the first time. He had never considered how...

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HOCKEY’S BEST: PAVEL DATSYUK

Here's how you know a player is extra special: His name inspires an adjective. And in the first decade of the 21st Century, amazing plays became "Datsyukian." There were Datsyukian dekes, (coined by Red Wings announcer Ken Daniels), and Datsyukian goals and Datsyukian...

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BASKETBALL’S BEST: DENNIS JOHNSON

For a guy who sat on the bench in his senior year of high school and was barely noticed by college recruiters, Dennis Johnson was an unlikely NBA hero. A born fighter who didn't have the greatest natural skills, Johnson battled his way from mediocrity as a prep player...

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HOCKEY’S BEST: SIDNEY CROSBY

In 2009, when President Barack Obama welcomed the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins to the White House, he made it a point to congratulate the youngest captain ever to win the Cup, 21-year-old Sidney Crosby. Toward the end of the ceremony, Obama got a big laugh...

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BASKETBALL’S BEST: DAN ISSEL

Dan Issel initially didn't seem to have the physical abilities required for stardom in the NBA. He wasn't particularly quick on his feet, he wasn't that strong, and he didn't have a great vertical leap. Because he wasn't big enough or strong enough to go toe-to-toe...

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BASEBALL’S BEST: ORLANDO CEPEDA

When Orlando Cepeda stood on the podium in Cooperstown, New York, on July 25, 1999, it is likely that no man had followed a more difficult path to the Baseball Hall of Fame, or that any man was any happier to attain the honor. Cepeda had escaped the slums of Puerto...

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BASKETBALL’S BEST: DOMINIQUE WILKINS

The most celebrated player to ever put on a Hawks uniform and represented in front of State Farm Arena by an 18,500-pound bronze statue erected in March, 2015, Hall-of-Famer Dominique Wilkins is the Hawks' Vice President of Basketball and Special Advisor to the CEO....

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HOCKEY’S BEST: YVAN COURNOYER

Beep-beep … Whooosh! For every hockey writer, broadcaster and fan who had seen a "Looney Tunes" cartoon featuring the Road Runner, the nickname was a no-brainer. Time after time, the animated little desert bird leaves the bigger, would-be predator Wile E. Coyote in...

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BASKETBALL’S BEST: TOM HEINSOHN

Known for his hard-nosed style of play, yet possessing a superb shooting touch and good body control, Tom Heinsohn was a vital cog in the Boston Celtics' dynasty of the 1950s and 1960s. Chosen as NBA Rookie of the Year in 1957, he helped the Celtics win eight NBA...

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NFL HALL OF FAME: DOUG ATKINS

Full Name: Douglas Leon Atkins Birthdate: May 8, 1930 Birthplace: Humboldt, Tennessee Died: December 30, 2015 in Knoxville, Tennessee High School: Humboldt (TN) Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: January 23, 1982 Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: August 7,...

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BASEBALL’S BEST: GARY CARTER

It simply should not have taken six years for Gary Carter to get into the Hall of Fame. He was one of the best catchers of his era, and many observers put him in the top ten in major-league history. He was an outstanding defender with a strong arm who did all the...

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TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

INDIANAPOLIS-Inside his red blazer, perspiration was soaking his maroon-and- white striped shirt and wrinkling his purple-and-black striped tie. Andy Granatelli had been entering racing cars in the 500-mile race here since 1946 without winning, but now his driver, Mario Andretti, was an apparent victor.

“Should we go to our garage or to the Firestone garage?” an aide asked Granatelli.

“I won’t talk to you about it,” snapped Granatelli. “Don’t ask me those questions.” Granatelli’s superstition was justified. At about that very moment today, Andretti was guiding his blazing-red car toward the No. 2 turn on the 150th of the 200 laps. Suddenly, the car skipped toward the wall. “I got caught in Mike Mosley’s draft,” Andretti disclosed later. “The car went sideways. I almost hit the wall: I fought the wheel and got it straightened out. But I was lucky.”

Andretti, a slim 138 pounds on his 5- foot-6-inch frame, guided his Hawk-Ford the remaining laps without incident for his first victory here in his first year as one of Granatelli’s drivers. But as he waited in the pit area, the 5‚7, 250-pound Granatelli maintained his superstition. “I didn’t believe it until I saw Mario 100 feet from the flag,” Granatelli said, “and I knew he could coast in.”

Granatelli remembered the previous two races here, when his turbine cars, now outlawed, lost in the closing minutes. But this time, Andretti was driving a piston- engine car. “I could’ve gone another 500 miles,” Andretti said, laughing.

“That’s because of the STP,” said Granatelli, ever the promoter. Granatelli is president of the STP Corporation, whose initials stand for scientifically treated petroleum, an oil additive for automobiles. Wherever he goes, he slaps STP stickers on just about everything, including the backside of the cocktail waitresses in the nearby Holiday Inn. Prior to the race, Granatelli handed out a $500 bill to the chief mechanic of each of the 22 cars that used STP-an outlay of $11,000, of which Andretti will get half, in addition to the prestige of winning the Indianapolis 500.

“This is the greatest,” Andretti said. “I don’t know why, but you strive so hard for it, I guess that’s it.” As a rookie here in 1965, Andretti finished third and later won the United States Auto Club title that year. “I went on the “Joey Bishop Show,'” he recalled, “and I was introduced as the rookie of the year at Indianapolis, not a word about me winning the driving championship. That’s what I mean.”

Andretti, who grew up in Trieste, Italy, before his family came to the United States, wrecked a Lotus-Ford here 10 days ago in practice. He competed with the discomfort of the burns he received, now healing, above his upper lip, the lower part of his nose and across both cheeks. “It’s itchy now,” Mario Andretti conceded, “but I had cream on it during the race.”

“I love you, kid,” Granatelli said, glancing fondly at his tiny driver.

“But you’re a sloppy kisser,” Andretti said, referring to the kiss Granatelli gave him on greeting him after the victory.

 

ALSO:

1955: Bill Vukovich, the Indy 500 winner in 1953 and 1954 and the foremost race car driver in America, was killed on Lap 141 while leading the 500 when he plowed into a four-car tangle of wreckage immediately in front of him on the backstretch. His Hopkins Special burst into flames and he died before members of the track safety patrol could extricate him.

1982: Twenty-one-year-old Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles began his consecutive-games-played streak, starting at third base against the Toronto Blue Jays at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. The streak lasted for more than 13 years and 3 months and allowed him to surpass Lou Gehrig of the Yankees as baseball’s ultimate iron man.

1936: Louis Meyer, 32, of Huntington Park, Calif., drove his Ring-Free Special to a then unprecedented third Indy 500 victory, winning in 4 hours 35 minutes and averaging 109.069 miles an hour. Meyer’s other victories came in 1928 and ’33.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1894       After going 0-for-6 in the first game of a doubleheader, Beaneater Bob Lowe becomes the first major leaguer to hit four home runs in one game, helping Boston to beat Cincinnati and Elton ‘Icebox’ Chamberlain, 20-11.

1904       At Cincinnati’s Palace of the Fans, 32 year-old Cubs first baseman Frank Chance is plunked by a pitch five times during a doubleheader. In the first game of the twin bill, the future Hall of Famer loses consciousness briefly when one of the misguided pitches hits the ‘the Peerless Leader’s’ head.

1913       Red Sox outfielder and future Hall of Famer Harry Hooper becomes the first major leaguer to start both games of a doubleheader with a home run. The feat will not occur again until 1993 when A’s leadoff hitter Rickey Henderson opens each game of a twin bill against Cleveland with a homer.

1921       The Eddie Grant Memorial, built in memory of a former Giants player killed in World War I, is dedicated in an impressive Memorial Day ceremony at the Polo Grounds. The five-foot-high monument, located at the base of the clubhouse wall in center field, 465 feet from home plate, is unveiled by the Harvard-educated third baseman’s sisters Florence Grant Robinson and Louise Grant Winters, under the watchful eye of Baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis.

1922       After being traded for one another between games of a doubleheader, Chicago outfielder Cliff Heathcote and Redbird right fielder Max Flack exchange their Cardinal and Cub uniforms. The pair of fly chasers will both get hits for their new teams in the nightcap of the Cubs Park twin bill, which is swept by the home team, 4-1 and 3-1.

1925       Between games of a doubleheader against Pittsburgh at Forbes Field, second baseman Rogers Hornsby, who will continue to be an active player, replaces Branch Rickey as the manager of the Cardinals. Rickey will remain in his role as the team’s general manager, a position he will hold until 1942.

1927       Cubs’ shortstop Jimmy Cooney completes an unassisted triple play as he snares Paul Waner’s liner, steps on second to double up Paul’s brother, Lloyd, and then tags Clyde Barnhart coming from first for the third out.

1930       Rogers Hornsby receives his MVP award and is given a thousand gold coins by National League president John Heydler at a ceremony at home plate before the Cubs’ contest against St. Louis. Ironically, the ‘Rajah’ will break his ankle while advancing to third base during the Wrigley Field contest and will not play again until the middle of August.

1932       After dropping a twin bill, some White Sox players accuse George Moriarty of deliberately blowing calls against their team. The umpire, a former Pale Hose player himself, challenges them to a fight, but after he knocks down pitcher Mike Gaston with one punch, skipper Lew Fonseca and backstops Charlie Berry and Frank Grube even the score by thrashing the aggressive arbitrator.

1932       In a pregame ceremony, the Yankees dedicate a plaque in memory of skipper Miller Huggins. Their former manager, who died near the end of last season, would be delighted with today’s doubleheader sweep of the Red Sox, 7-5 and 13-3.

1934       Ben Chapman breaks up Earl Whitehill’s no-hitter in the bottom of the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Last season, the Bronx Bomber left fielder, after being provoked, hit the right-hander with a punch in the passageway, causing a melee between the two teams that resulted in a 20-minute delay of the game before the police could restore order.

1934       Burleigh Grimes notches the last victory by a pitcher legally allowed to throw a doctored pitch, tossing four innings of shutout ball in relief in the Yankees’ 5-4 extra-inning win over the Senators in the Bronx. The 40 year-old spitballer is the last of the 17 hurlers who received permission to throw the banned pitches altered by a foreign substance after being outlawed in 1920.

1935       At the Baker Bowl, Babe Ruth of the Boston Braves plays his final major league game, going hitless in a first-inning at-bat against the Phillies. On June 2, the former Yankees superstar will announce his retirement from baseball.

1938       A new Yankee Stadium attendance record is set as 81,841 fans attend a Memorial Day doubleheader against the Red Sox. The Bronx Bombers sweep the twin bill, 10-0 and 5-4, with the nightcap ending on a wild throw by Boston’s third baseman Pinky Higgins.

1943       With contests played in Rockford (Illinois) and Racine (Wisconsin), the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League begins the first season of its 12-year existence. The original AAGPBL four-team circuit, which also includes the war-production cities of Kenosha (Wisconsin) and South Bend (Indiana), will attract 176,612 baseball enthusiasts during the league’s inaugural season.

1946       In Boston’s 10-8 victory over the Dodgers, Bama Rowell’s long drive hits the Bulova clock located above the right-field scoreboard, making the left-fielder the first major leaguer to reach the famous landmark at Ebbets Field. The crushing four-bagger, that shatters the face of the clock causing the glass to cascade onto Dodgers right fielder Dixie Walker, is believed to be the inspiration for author Bernard Malamud having Roy Hobbs, the hero of his 1952 novel, The Natural, belt a similar home run, which also rains glass over the diamond.

1956       Mickey Mantle comes within 18 inches of becoming the first player to hit a home run out of Yankee Stadium. The prodigious poke off Senators’ right-hander Pedro Ramos was still climbing when the ball struck the facade in the upper stands in right field.

1956       At Yankee Stadium, Billy and his brothers attend their first big-league game with their dad, Jack Crystal. The future entertainment superstar, who will write and perform a one-man play about his father and develop a movie script about the 1961 Yankees, tremendously enjoys watching his beloved Bronx Bombers sweep a mid-week doubleheader from the Senators, 4-3 and 12-5.

1962       The Mets complete their first-ever triple play when shortstop Elio Chacon snags Willie Davis’s liner, (1) who flips the ball to Charlie Neal to double off Maury Wills at second base (2), and the third out coming on a ball thrown to Gil Hodges, catching Jim Gilliam off first base (3). The expansion team will be the victim of the only other triple killing this season when Joe Pignatano, in his final major league at-bat, pops out to Cubs second baseman Ken Hubbs, who starts a 4-3-6 play to end the eighth inning in the season finale played a Wrigley Field.

1962       Frank Thomas strokes a double off Sandy Koufax in the Mets’ 13-6 loss to Los Angeles, extending his franchise mark of consecutive games with a hit to 18 for the expansion team. The streak, which will be only one shy of Maury Wills’ league-leading total for the season, is halted when the New York left fielder goes 0-for-4 in the nightcap of the Dodgers’ sweep at the Polo Grounds.

1967       After retiring the first 21 batters he faces, Cardinal starter Dick Hughes gives up two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning in an eventual 2-1 loss to the Reds at Crosley Field. In the top of the ninth, the Redbirds mount a rally as Orlando Cepeda and Tim McCarver open the frame with singles, but the game ends abruptly when the next batter, Phil Gagliano, hits into a 6-4-3-2 triple play, with the last out being recorded at the plate when Cepeda attempts to score from third base.

1970       The fans, using new computerized punch cards as ballots, will once again select the All-Star squads. For the past twelve seasons, managers, coaches, and players made the decision as a result of the Reds rooters stuffing the ballot box in 1957 to elect all but one of their starting position players to the Midsummer Classic.

1974       Sadaharu Oh becomes the first Japanese player to hit 600 career homers. The Yomiuri Giants first baseman will hit 868 round-trippers during his 22-year career, a world record.

1976       The Astros bang out 25 hits, a franchise high, beating the Braves in the nightcap of an Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium twin bill, 16-5. Twenty-three of Houston’s safeties are singles, a National League record.

1977       Twenty-two year-old Indian right-hander Dennis Eckersley throws a 12-strikeout no-hitter, beating the Angels at Cleveland Stadium, 1-0. The lone run scores in the first inning when Duane Kuiper, who had tripled thanks to the ball skipping under Gil Flores’ glove in center field, is squeezed in by Jim Morris.

1982       Cal Ripken’s 2,632 record consecutive game streak, which will span 17 seasons, begins with the Oriole rookie going 0-for-2, batting eighth in a 6-0 loss to Toronto at Memorial Stadium. The 21 year-old infielder plays third base, his position for the first 27 games of the streak, before becoming the team’s everyday shortstop, en route to surpassing Lou Gehrig’s remarkable feat in 1995.

1986       In a 6-4 loss to the Dodgers at Three Rivers Stadium, future home run king Barry Bonds goes 0-for-5 in his major league debut. The Pirates center fielder, batting leadoff, strikes out three times.

1987       Eric Davis becomes the first National League player to hit three grand slams in a month. The 25 year-old outfielder’s 19th homer of the season proves to be the difference in the Reds’ 6-2 victory over Pittsburgh.

1992       Yankees’ hurler Scott Sanderson beats the Brewers, 8-1, to become the ninth pitcher to defeat all 26 teams in the majors. The 6’5″ righty joins Nolan Ryan, Tommy John, Don Sutton, Mike Torrez, Rick Wise, Gaylord Perry, Doyle Alexander, and Goose Gossage in accomplishing the feat.

1998       In an emotional on-the-field ceremony, Dan Quisenberry becomes the sixteenth member of the Royals Hall of Fame. The sinkerball pitcher with a submarine delivery was diagnosed with a grade IV malignant astrocytoma and underwent brain surgery to remove the tumor in January.

1998       Mark McGwire hits his 27th home run to establish a major league record for the most homers hit before June. Last season, Ken Griffey Jr. set the previous mark with 24 round-trippers in the first two months of the season.

2001       After ending a streak of five straight losses to the Yankees, Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez makes light of the Curse of the Bambino by suggesting someone should wake up the Babe so he could drill him with a pitch. Boston will not beat the Bronx Bombers again during their final seven meetings of the season.

2001       At Pac Bell, it takes 5 hours, 53 minutes and 18 innings for the Diamondbacks to defeat the Giants, 1-0. Erubiel Durazo’s double plating Steve Finley accounts for the game’s only run.

2001       Barry Bonds hits career homer No. 522, passing Willie McCovey and Ted Williams to move up to #11 on the all-time list, and making him the number one lefty home run hitter in National League history. The round-tripper is the 17th hit by the Giant outfielder in May, breaking the record set by Mickey Mantle (1956) and Mark McGwire (1998).

2003       At Shea Stadium, the Braves go deep four times off former teammate Tom Glavine to tie a National League record by hitting 55 home runs in a calendar month. The New York Giants (July, 1947) and the Cardinals (April, 2000) are the other teams to accomplish the feat.

2007       Toronto’s third baseman Howie Clark, believing he hears teammate John McDonald calling to make the play, allows Jorge Posada’s ninth-inning pop fly to land on the ground untouched for an RBI single. The Blue Jays, convinced it was baserunner Alex Rodriguez’ voice which caused the infielder to back off the play, become incensed, describing the Yankee superstar’s behavior as bush league.

2010       Max Scherzer becomes the first hurler since 1900 to strike out 14 batters in less than six innings. The Tigers right-hander reaches the total in five and two-thirds shutout frames en route to a Detroit 10-2 victory over Oakland at Comerica Park.

2013       Jacoby Ellsbury sets a single-game franchise record when he swipes five bases in the Red Sox’ 9-2 victory over Philadelphia. The 29 year-old center fielder led the American League in stolen bases in his first two seasons in the majors, but injuries during the recent years have slowed down the Boston speedy leadoff hitter.

2014       The Mets become the first team to have three players appear in a game whose last name begins with a lower case ‘d, when Travis d’Arnaud, Jacob deGrom, and Matt den Dekker all play in the Mets’ 6-5 walk-off loss to Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park. After having to use an upside-down capital ‘P’ on d’Arnaud’s jersey last season due to lack of lower case letters, New York equipment manager Kevin Kierst asked Majestic, MLB’s uniform supplier, to make ‘small’ uniform letters available, knowing there would be even more of a need this season.

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1956: Mickey Mantle comes within 18 inches of becoming the first player to hit a home run out of Yankee Stadium. The prodigious poke off Senators’ right-hander Pedro Ramos was still climbing when the ball struck the facade in the upper stands in right field.

1938: A new Yankee Stadium attendance record is set as 81,841 fans attend a Memorial Day doubleheader against the Red Sox. The Bronx Bombers sweep the twin bill, 10-0 and 5-4, with the nightcap ending on a wild throw by Boston’s third baseman Pinky Higgins.

 

1955: Bill Vukovich, the Indy 500 winner in 1953 and 1954 and the foremost race car driver in America, was killed on Lap 141 while leading the 500 when he plowed into a four-car tangle of wreckage immediately in front of him on the backstretch. His Hopkins Special burst into flames and he died before members of the track safety patrol could extricate him.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1970

After a devastating loss to the “adolescent” New York Mets in the ’69 Series, the Baltimore Orioles returned to the top of the American League determined to make amends for their previous postseason failure. Their newest adversaries, the Cincinnati Reds, swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National’s Championship Series under rookie manager Sparky Anderson. The soon-to-be “Big Red Machine” boasted a strong pitching rotation that featured Jim Merritt (a twenty game winner), Wayne Simpson (14-3) and Gary Nolan (18-7) as well as another standout named Pete Rose. The Orioles rotation featured Mike Cuellar, a twenty-four game victor and a tough line-up that included lumberjack Boog Powell and fielding wizard Brooks Robinson.

Game 1 welcomed the World Series debut of the newly christened Riverfront Stadium, which had replaced Crosley Field as the Reds’ home in late June. The artificial surface and “soup bowl- surroundings” were the first of their kind to host a Fall Classic. Home-field advantage appeared to be in effect as Lee Mays came out swinging with a two run homer that gave Cincinnati a 3-0 lead, but the Orioles came back with their own two run blast by Powell that was followed with home runs by Ellie Hendricks and Brooks Robinson. Baltimore emerged the 4-3 winner, but the victory was soured by a controversial call at the plate by umpire Ken Burkhart. With one out and two base runners on (Tommy Helms at first and Bernie Carbo at third), the Reds’ pinch-hitter Ty Cline popped a high tee-shot off of Jim Palmer in front of home plate, (which Burkhart promptly called a fair ball). Baltimore’s catcher Ellie Hendricks snatched up the spinning duck and (after turning to first) spun around in an attempt to tag out Carbo who was speeding home. As Hendricks’ dove toward the plate, he ran into the umpire before reaching the sliding runner. Burkhart, obviously distracted during the collision, called Carbo out on contact. Despite their arguments the verdict stood (although replays have clearly depicted the Oriole catcher tagging Carbo with an empty glove). Brooks Robinson also provided a “replay worthy” moment in the Reds’ sixth after making a spectacular backhanded catch and spinning to throw out Dave May who had fired a bouncing cannonball between the fielder and the bag.

Cincinnati entered Game 2 just as they had the opener, with an early 3-0 lead. Unfortunately Baltimore also mimicked their previous days performance with a fourth inning homer by Hendricks that lit off a five run rally in the fifth ending in a 6-5 triumph that put the visitors up two games to none. Game 3 was a highlight film for Brooks Robinson who was playing superb defense against anything the Reds sent his way. After Pete Rose and Bobby Tolan both started with consecutive hits, Robinson made a sensational, leaping grab of Tony Perez’s hopper, stepped on third and fired to first for a perfect double play. Dave McNally closed the inning by inducing Johnny Bench to fly out as Robinson traded his “golden glove” for a wooden bat. Stepping up to the plate, “Hoover” as he was called, nailed a first-inning double that scored Don Buford and Frank Robinson. Back on the field in the second, Robinson snagged a slow Tommy Helms’ grounder to throw out the sprinting second baseman and in the sixth; he made a diving glove-handed catch of another Bench liner.

McNally also contributed on both sides of the ball and aided his own cause with a bases-loaded homer in the sixth off Wayne Granger. The grand slam equaled Bob Gibson’s record of two World Series homers by a pitcher and Don Buford and Frank Robinson followed suite with homers of their own for the 9-3 victory. With their backs against the ropes, Cincinnati was on the verge of elimination. Gary Nolan was given the difficult responsibility of keeping his ball club afloat, but cracked under the pressure and was pulled after 2 2/3 innings. An injured Jim Merritt came in as relief and held the Orioles lead to two as the Nationals trailed 5-3 in the eighth. Lee May, well aware of the desperate situation his team faced, seized the opportunity to play hero and launched a timely three run homer for the 6-5, Series-extending victory. Merritt, still reeling from a sore elbow, returned in Game 5, but was unable to make it through the second-inning. His teammates managed to take Cuellar for three runs on four hits in the top of the first, but it would be only offense generated for the rest of the contest as the Orioles pitched shutout baseball the rest of the way. In the end, it was Baltimore who prevailed with a second 9-3 decision that erased all memories of the ’69 Series and returned the championship crown to the American League’s clubhouse. Despite the loss, the Reds were far from finished and would return to the Fall Classic (in two short years) “bigger” and better than ever.

TODAY IN NBA HISTORY-MAY 30, 31

May 30, 1976
Phoenix rookie center Alvan Adams scored 33 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Suns to a 105-98 Game 3 victory over Boston in the NBA Finals.

May 30, 2012
Hall of Famer Jack Twyman, known for his off-court assist to Maurice Stokes, dies at the age of 78.

May 31, 1983
“Fo’ Fo’ Fo’,” declared Moses Malone predicting that the 1983 Philadelphia 76ers, who had dominated the regular season with a 65-17 record, would sweep their three rounds in the 1983 NBA Playoffs. They came close but the Milwaukee Bucks spoiled Malone’s prediction by winning Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals 100-94. Otherwise Philadelphia was perfect, sweeping New York, beating the Bucks in five and then sweeping the Lakers in the Finals. Their 12-1 record and .923 winning percentage stood as the best in playoff history until the Lakers went 15-1 (.938) in 2001. The 76ers commemorated Malone’s prediction, with one slight alteration, on their championship rings: “Fo’ Fi’ Fo’.”

May 31, 1984
Gerald Henderson of the Boston Celtics stole a crosscourt pass by Los Angeles’ James Worthy and laid the ball in with 13 seconds left in regulation to send Game 2 of the 1984 NBA Finals into overtime. The Celtics, who had dropped Game 1 and would lose Game 3, managed to pull out a 124-121 overtime win in Game 2 and eventually won the series in seven games.

May 31, 1991
The New York Knicks named Pat Riley head coach.

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S BEST:

Reggie White (DE, Tennessee, 1980-83)
Sacks: 32 | Tackles: 293 | Fumble recoveries: 4
Before White became the “Minister of Defense” and retired as the NFL’s all-time sack leader, he was the most menacing pass-rusher in Tennessee history. During White’s senior season in 1983, he had 100 tackles, 72 unassisted, and set a UT single-season record with 15 sacks. He had a sack in every game but two and had four in a 45-6 victory over The Citadel, another school record. White was a consensus All-American and was named SEC Player of the Year. “There’s never been a better one,” former Volunteers coach Johnny Majors said. “He could turn a football game around like no one else.”

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME:

FRANK KINNARD

Frank Kinard was a strong, swift and shifty tackle who would establish a long list of football firsts. For example, the Bruiser was the first from his state to make first-team All-America (1936 and 1937), the first Mississippi player named to All-Southern Team and, later, the first Mississippian to claim All-Pro laurels. At 6-1 and 212-pounds, Kinard was one of four brothers to play for Mississippi. He was an Iron Man type, often refusing to leave a game despite injury. Through 34 varsity contests, Bruiser Kinard averaged 55 playing minutes per game. In 1936, he played 708 minutes out of a possible 720. Ole Miss posted a 9-3 record in 1935, the best mark during Kinard’s career. But, while the team lacked major success in later years, Kinard enjoyed praise as a perfect lineman. Although Ole Miss teams combined for a 9-10-3 record during his junior and senior campaigns, Kinard managed to claim All-America status. An all-around athlete, Kinard was also a starting guard on the Mississippi basketball team and a quarter-miler and weight man in track. After graduation, Kinard turned pro, starring for the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees football clubs, earning All-Pro recognition in five of his nine seasons.

 

INDIANA FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME:

RICHARD ALBAN

Date of Birth: January 17, 1929 in Hanover, PA

High School Attended: La Porte, IN            Graduated: 1948

High School Honors: Northern Indiana Eastern Division All-Conference 1946; Northern Indiana Eastern Division Most Valuable Player 1946; UPI All-State Team; led La Porte to 1st NIC title 1946; NIC Eastern Division All-Conference 1947; UPI All-State Team 1947.

College Attended: Northwestern University  Graduated: 1952

College Honors: 3-year letter winner; played for East team in Shrine Bowl Game in San Francisco 1951; played in Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL, 1952.

Professional Athletic Background: Drafted in 9th round by Washington Redskins of NFL 1952; played with Washington Redskins 1952-1956; played with Pittsburg Steelers 1956-1960; played in Pro Bowl Game 1955; was All-Pro Defensive Back 1954; second in League History with 10 interceptions in 1954.

Special Recognition: Upon retirement from NFL, served as Vice-President for Howe K. Sipes Company, a manufacturer of athletic clothing in Memphis, TN.

Family: Wife, Mary; children, David (Nancy), Karen (Tom), Steven; step-children, Steven (Janine) and Michael (Wendy); numerous grandchildren, step-grandchildren, and step-great-grandchildren.

 

INDIANA BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME

ADDINGTON VANCE

High School: Logansport 1936

College: NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY 1940

Inducted 1975

An Indianapolis News All-Stater in 1936, and the first player ever picked for that honor who did not play in state finals…2 years earlier, played as a sophomore with Logansport’s 1934 state champions…played guard, but jumped center…took his outside shooting and defensive skills to Northwestern…All-American in 1940…captained Wildcats…named to All-Big 10 and all-Midwestern teams…passed up professional basketball opportunities to enter business…long-time publisher of the Journal-Review.

 

NBA SEASON RE-CAP: 1971-72

After years of Finals frustration at the hands of the Celtics, it took an ex-Boston player-turned-coach to help lift Jerry West and the L.A. Lakers to a championship.

Former Celtic Bill Sharman, the Lakers’ new coach, was crucial to the cause as stars Wilt Chamberlain and West put it all together for a championship in 1971-72. After longtime Lakers star Elgin Baylor retired nine games into the season due to injuries and age, Sharman put in a unique gameplan.

With Chamberlain (35) and West (33) nearing the end of their careers, Sharman needed to fit the other pieces around his aging stars to win now. Forward Jim McMillian and Happy Hairston and guard Gail Goodrich were the perfect pieces as the Lakers romped through the season. Los Angeles won 69 games, a league record that would stand for almost a quarter-century. It set another league record with 33 straight victories from Nov. 5, 1971 to Jan. 7, 1972.

Chamberlain led the league in field goal percentage (64.9) and rebounding (19.2), while Goodrich (25.9 ppg) and West (25.8 ppg) handled the bulk of the scoring.

Los Angeles dispatched Chicago with a sweep in the conference semifinals, then bested the Milwaukee Bucks in the conference finals as Chamberlain outdueled fellow big man (and future Laker) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The New York Knicks, without Willis Reed, proved no match for L.A. in The Finals as the Lakers claimed their first championship since moving from Minneapolis in 1960.

PLAYOFFS

Eastern Conference semifinals
Boston defeated Atlanta (4-2)
New York defeated Baltimore (4-2)

Western Conference semifinals
Milwaukee defeated Golden State (4-1)
Los Angeles defeated Chicago (4-2)

Eastern Conference finals
New York defeated Boston (4-1)

Western Conference finals
Los Angeles defeated Milwaukee (4-2)

NBA Finals
Los Angeles defeated New York (4-1)

Points — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee (34.8)
Assists — Jerry West, Los Angeles (9.7)
Rebounds — Wilt Chamberlain, Los Angeles (19.2)
FG% — Wilt Chamberlain, Los Angeles (64.9)
FT% — Jack Marin, Chicago (89.4)

AWARD WINNERS

Most Valuable Player — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee Bucks
Rookie of the Year — Sidney Wicks, Portland Trail Blazers
Coach of the Year — Bill Sharman, L.A. Lakers
All-Star Game MVP — Jerry West, L.A. Lakers
Finals MVP — Wilt Chamberlain, L.A. Lakers

 

TODAY IN NHL HISTORY

1985: The Edmonton Oilers roll to their second Stanley Cup championship by defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 8-3 in Game 5 of the Final at Northlands Coliseum. Jari Kurri matches the single-season Stanley Cup Playoff record by scoring his 19th goal 4:54 into the first period; he ties the mark set by Reggie Leach of the Flyers in 1976. The primary assist goes to Wayne Gretzky, who is voted winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP after setting single-season playoff records with 30 assists and 47 points. He finishes plus-28 in Edmonton’s 18 playoff games. Paul Coffey and Mark Messier score two goals apiece for the Oilers, who lead 4-1 after one period and 7-1 after two. The win is the fourth in a row for the Oilers after they lose the series opener in Philadelphia.

MORE MOMENTS:

1998: Craig Berube scores the first playoff goal of his 12-year NHL career when he breaks a scoreless tie at 2:34 of the third period, and the visiting Washington Capitals defeat the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final. Berube’s unassisted goal against Dominik Hasek comes in his 59th playoff game. Joe Juneau puts the game away at 13:38 when his 70-footer gets past Hasek during a Buffalo power play. Olaf Kolzig outplays Hasek, making 30 saves for his fourth shutout of the 1998 playoffs.

1999: Chris Drury ties a rookie playoff record with his fourth game-winning goal and the visiting Colorado Avalanche defeat the Dallas Stars 7-5 in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final at Reunion Arena. Drury’s second goal of the game, at 13:16 of the third period, breaks a 5-5 tie. He equals the rookie mark for game-winners set by Claude Lemieux of the Montreal Canadiens in 1986. Patrick Roy makes 25 saves and becomes the first goalie in NHL history to win at least 40 playoff games with two teams.

2000: Ken Daneyko, the only member of the New Jersey Devils to play in each of their 126 playoff games, scores his first postseason goal since 1995 in a 7-3 victory against Dallas in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The veteran defenseman breaks a 1-1 tie early in the second period, triggering a run of six consecutive goals by the Devils.

2012: Anze Kopitar scores a breakaway goal 8:13 into overtime to give the Los Angeles Kings a 2-1 victory against the Devils in Game 1 of the Final at Prudential Center. Kopitar beats Martin Brodeur to give the Kings their playoff-record ninth consecutive road win. Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick makes 16 saves, allowing only a second-period goal to defenseman Anton Volchenkov.

2016: Nick Bonino scores with 2:33 remaining in the third period to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 victory against the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of the Final at Consol Energy Center. Bonino takes a pass from defenseman Kris Letang and beats goaltender Martin Jones with a shot that hits his blocker and deflects into the net. It’s the first Cup Final game in the 25-year history of the Sharks.

2018: The Washington Capitals win a Stanley Cup Final game for the first time since entering the NHL in 1974 when they hold on to defeat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 in Game 2 at T-Mobile Arena. The Capitals trail 1-0 before goals by Lars Eller, Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Orpik put them ahead 3-1. Shea Theodore makes it 3-2 late in the second period, but Capitals goalie Braden Holtby preserves the lead with a spectacular save on Alex Tuch with 1:59 remaining in the third period. The win evens the best-of-7 series 1-1 and gives Washington its first win in six Cup Final games, including a four-game sweep by the Detroit Red Wings in 1998.