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TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-1985
LEXINGTON, Ky. – This was supposed to be a coronation, a celebration of the mighty Georgetown Hoyas as one of college basketball’s greatest teams. Instead, the crowning was spoiled by a new and unlikely champion, the Villanova Wildcats. In what will surely be remembered as one of the most improbable outcomes in the history of the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament, the Wildcats, who failed to finish in the nation’s Top 40 in any poll this season, completed their emotion-filled postseason by playing the elusive “perfect game” at the perfect time.
They upset the favored Hoyas, 66-64, to win the school’s first basketball championship ever before a national television audience and a capacity crowd of 23,124 shocked spectators at Rupp Arena. In Georgetown, Villanova was facing a team that had harassed opponents into shooting 39 percent from the field this season, the lowest in the country. But the Wildcats were not intimidated, and shot a tournament- record 79 percent from the field in the contest. They made 22 of 28 shots over all, including an incredible 9 of 10 in the second half. In addition, they made 22 of 27 free throws.
“I had no idea we were shooting the ball that well,” said the Wildcat forward Dwayne McClain, who led all scorers with 17 points while adding 3 assists. “But we were taking our time and taking good shots.” In the final precious seconds McClain lay sprawled on the court, clutching the ball and extending his fist upward in triumph. Indeed, the victory culminated a heart-wrenching joyride for the Wildcats, who finished at 25-10. After finishing the season with a Big East record that left them only tied for third in the conference-behind Georgetown and St. John’s-they strung together six straight victories buoyed by a moving togetherness that became their trademark.
Charged by their trio of seniors- McClain; the point guard Gary McLain, the emotional leader and unsung hero; and the 6-foot-9 1/2-inch center Ed Pinckney-they eliminated second-ranked Michigan, fifth-ranked Memphis State and seventh-ranked North Carolina. And tonight they dethroned the talent-laden defending champions, who came into the contest with a 17- game winning streak and every intention of becoming the first team in 12 seasons to earn two successive titles.
But it was not to be. The Wildcats’ fighting spirit overcame the Hoyas’ talent. Pinckney outscored and outrebounded Georgetown’s 7-foot center, Patrick Ewing-16 points to 14 and 6 rebounds to 5. That earned Pinckney honors as the most valuable player of the Final Four. The Hoyas, who ended their season with a record of 35-3, were gracious in defeat. As each of the Villanova players walked to the podium at center court and received his commemorative gold watch, the Hoyas stood and applauded. “They taught college basketball how to win this season,” Dave Gavitt, the proud commissioner of the Big East, said of the Hoyas. “Tonight, they taught college basketball how to lose.”
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1914 Rube Waddell, who once struck out a record 349 batters in one season, dies of tuberculosis at the age of 37. The eccentric Hall of Fame right-hander compiled a 193-143 (.574) record along with an ERA of 2.16 during his 13 seasons with the Colonels, A’s, Pirates, and Browns.
1937 The Reds sell Babe Herman to the Tigers. The 34 year-old outfielder, batting .300 for his new team, will appear in only 17 contests with Detroit before effectively retiring from the game, although he will return to play briefly for the war-time Dodgers in 1945.
1938 Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis, not a fan of Branch Rickey’s farm system, grants free agency to a group of nine Cardinal minor leaguers that includes Pete Reiser. A reported gentlemen’s agreement that has Brooklyn signing and hiding the 19 year-old outfielder in the low minors to be traded back to St. Louis at a later date, doesn’t work when Brooklyn manager Leo Durocher disobeys orders, allowing the phenom to display his incredible ability in spring training exhibition games.
1950 Pacific Coast League Hollywood Stars wear shorts and rayon shirts as their Opening Day uniform. In 1976, the White Sox will also don shorts in the first game of a doubleheader against Kansas City.
1962 Dave DeBusschere, a hoop star at the University of Detroit, signs with the White Sox as a pitcher. The 21 year-old right-hander will compile a 3-4 record in 36 appearances with Chicago before moving to the National Basketball Association, becoming one of the 50 named greatest players in the history of the league.
1963 Former Brooklyn Dodger Duke Snider returns to New York when the Mets purchase him from LA for $40,000. The 36 year-old outfielder, who will represent New York in the All-Star Game, will be told at the end of the season by Buzzi Bavasi, his former GM, that the Yankees had asked for him to back up Mickey Mantle before he was dealt to the team the across the river.
1964 Cleveland’s manager Birdie Tebbetts suffers a heart attack. George Strickland will fill in for three months until the 51 year-old skipper returns to the Indians dugout with limited duties.
1968 The Braves purchase Orioles right-handed reliever Stu Miller, best remembered for committing a balk in the 1961 All-Star Game when a gust of wind pushed him off the mound at Candlestick Park. The 40 year-old Northampton (MA) native will throw only 1.2 innings in two appearances for Atlanta before retiring from baseball, having compiled a 105-103 record and 153 saves during his 16-year tenure in the major leagues with five teams.
1969 After acquiring Lou Piniella from the Indians in the expansion draft, the Seattle Pilots trade him to the Royals in exchange for Steve Whitaker and John Gelna. The 25 year-old outfielder will have a stellar season in Kansas City, being named the league’s Rookie of the Year.
1970 Federal Bankruptcy Referee Sidney Volinn, after ruling the team is insolvent, orders the Seattle Pilots be sold to a group headed by mid-western businessman Bud Selig. The American League expansion team’s tenure in the Northwest is over after just one season when the club is hastily moved to Milwaukee to start the new season as the Brewers.
1976 After being released by the Padres, Bobby Tolan (.255, 5, 48), signs as a free agent with the Phillies. The outfielder-first baseman, who plays only 15 games for Philadelphia, will ink a deal with the Pirates in June.
1982 The Mets send outfielder Lee Mazzilli to Texas for rookie starters Ron Darling and Walt Terrell. This deal isn’t well-received at the time, but the trade turns out to be a steal for New York when the two right-handers combine for 118 victories during their tenure with the team.
1987 The Pirates trade Tony Pena, three-time Gold Glove catcher, to the Cardinals in exchange for three youngsters, Mike LaValliere, Mike Dunne, and Andy Van Slyke, who thinks the deal is an April Fool’s Day joke. The former Pittsburgh backstop cries at a news conference with Bucs’ skipper Jim Leyland announces the swap with the Redbirds.
1987 Mets phenom pitcher Dwight Gooden avoids suspension for substance abuse by agreeing to enter a drug rehab facility. The talented 22 year-old right-hander will make his first start on June 5 and will win 15 games for the team despite missing the first two months of the season.
1989 Former Yale University and National League president Bart Giamatti becomes the seventh commissioner of major league baseball. Baseball’s new leader, a lifelong Red Sox fan, is the author of The Green Fields of the Mind, an essay which laments the end of a season in Boston.
1996 Nationalpastime.com appears for the first time on the internet. The popular website is the first to feature baseball history on a daily basis.
1996 The Opening Day game in Cincinnati is postponed when home plate ump John McSherry, who is noticeably overweight, suffers a fatal heart attack after calling the first seven pitches of the contest. The respected veteran arbitrator’s death prompts Major League Baseball to compel its umpires to be more physically fit.
1996 The Mets rally overcome a 6-0 deficit, beating the Cardinals at Shea Stadium, 7-6. The decisive run in the biggest Opening Day comeback of the century scores as a result of an unusual double play when Bernard Gilkey, the base runner on first, is doubled up on Rico Brogna’s short sac fly to right field (RF-1B-SS-1B-SS), allowing Lance Johnson to cross home plate on the play.
1996 Only 7,296 fans show up at Cashman Field to watch the A’s lose their season opener to the Blue Jays, 9-6. The team plays their first six home games in the Las Vegas minor league ballpark due to renovations in the Oakland Coliseum, marking the first time since 1969 when the White Sox played a few of their home games in Milwaukee’s County Stadium that major league game takes place in a “neutral” site.
1997 Setting a record for the most runs scored in one inning of an Opening Day contest this century, the Padres score 11 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning en route to a 12-5 rout of the Mets. Chris Gomez, Rickey Henderson, and Quilvio Veras lead the attack with back-to-back-to-back home runs.
1998 At Camden Yards, the Orioles rock the Royals, 10-1, as Scott Erickson records his 100th major league victory. O’s skipper Ray Miller, who hadn’t won a game since managing the Twins in 1986, enjoys his first win with Baltimore.
2001 In the first major league game ever played in Puerto Rico, the Blue Jays defeat the Rangers, 8-1, in the major league season opener. In his debut with Texas, $252 million shortstop Alex Rodriguez gets the season’s first hit and scores the first run, but also makes a throwing error on his first chance.
2002 Cinci Freedom, who evaded capture for ten days after jumping a six-foot fence to avoid slaughter, is excused from her scheduled appearance in the Reds’ traditional Opening Day parade. Before the Reds’ 5-4 walk-off victory over the Cubs at Cinergy Field, the Charolais cow, after receiving a key to the city, is deemed too jumpy to participate in the Findlay Market activities.
2002 The Mets, with a 6-2 victory over the Bucs at Shea Stadium, improve their mark for Opening Day victories to 26-15 (.634), a major league record. The New York expansion team didn’t win their first season opener until the ninth year of the franchise’s existence.
2005 Albert Pujols does not strike out in any of the 21 Cardinals spring training games. In his 68 plate appearances, the St. Louis first baseman finishes the exhibition season with a .458 batting average, six homers, and 20 RBI.
2006 A day before the start of the season, the White Sox ink Jose Contreras (15-7, 3.61) to a $29 million, three-year contract extension. The 34 year-old Cuban native was the World Champs’ most effective pitcher during the team’s stretch run to the AL pennant, posting an 11-2 mark following the All-Star Game.
2008 With two outs in the 10th inning, Robert Andino’s first career round-tripper is a memorable one as his walk-off homer to deep left off Matt Wise gives the Marlins a 5-4 victory over the Mets at Dolphin Stadium. The post-game celebration is short-lived when the Miami native takes off for home to meet police after getting a text message from his wife informing him their house may have an intruder.
2008 On Opening Day in Los Angeles, Juan Pierre’s 434 consecutive game streak, the longest current one in the major leagues, comes to an end when the Dodger outfielder does not play in the 3-2 victory over the Giants. New skipper Joe Torre plays Andre Ethier in left field in place of the highly paid, but light-hitting fly chaser.
2009 After tallying a run in the top of the first, Kentucky State finds themselves on the short end of a 22-1 score at the end of the inning. After the Colonels of Eastern Kentucky University score 27 more times in the next three frames, the teams decide to halt the contest in the middle of the fifth, giving EKU a 49-1 triumph over the Thorobreds.
2011 Doug Glanville becomes a baseball color analyst for ESPN, the network where he has contributed to the Baseball Tonight television show, ESPN.com, and ESPN – The Magazine. The former major league outfielder, best known for his playing days with the Phillies, also is a guest columnist for the New York Times, where he writes about the culture of sports.
2013 On Opening Day, Jackie Bradley Jr. has a memorable major league debut when he walks three times, scores twice, and robs Robinson Cano of an extra-base hit with an outstanding defensive play in the Red Sox’ 8-2 victory over New York at Yankee Stadium. The 22 year-old Boston rookie outfielder also makes uniform history, becoming the first major leaguer to wear “Jr.” on the back of his jersey.
2013 Bryce Harper, providing all of the offense the Nationals will need, becomes the youngest player to homer twice on Opening Day. The 20 year-old outfielder, playing in his first Opening Day as a major leaguer, hits solo shots in the first and fourth frame in Washington’s 2-0 victory over Miami.
2013 Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino, who will end the day with an 0-1 record when he gives up a walk-off sac fly in an Opening Day loss to Milwaukee, becomes the first big league pitcher to wear the number 0, joining position players Oddibe McDowell (1985-88), Junior Ortiz (1989-2004), and Al Oliver (1978-85). Several players, including hurlers including Bobo Newsome (1943), Curtis Leskanic (2000-01), Rick White (2005-06), and Brian Wilson (2003-14), have donned a double-zero.
2015 Auction items featured in Sotheby’s “New York Sale” include the 1967 Mets’ bullpen cart, which is shaped like a baseball wearing a cap. The electric-powered vehicle, valued between $20,000 and $30,000, fetches an amazing high bid of $125,000.
2018 In his much-anticipated his pitching debut, Shohei Ohtani, striking out six batters in six innings while allowing three runs picks up his first big league win when the Angels beat the 7-4 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The 23 year-old Japanese sensation, also touted for his prowess as a hitter, does not have a plate appearance in the American League contest.
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1987: The Mets were informed by major league baseball that Dwight Gooden, their 22-year-old pitching ace who went 24-5 in 1985 and helped them to the world championship in 1986, had tested positive for cocaine. He missed the first two months of the season in a rehabilitation center and was never as overpowering again.
1991: After five trips to the Final Four under Coach Mike Krzyzewski since 1986, Duke finally won its first N.C.A.A. championship, methodically defeating Kansas, 72-65, in the title game at Indianapolis.
1972: Major leaguers walked out at the end of spring training, beginning the first general players’ strike in sports history. The walkout lasted until April 13. None of the 86 regular-season games that were canceled were made up-a move that affected the American League East Division when the Detroit Tigers, who played one game more than the Boston Red Sox, finished a half-game ahead of them.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1914
By 1914, the Philadelphia Athletics had become a World Series regular and had dethroned two of Major Leagues baseball’s first post-season dynasties by beating the mighty Chicago Cubs and New York Giants on more than one occasion. Most of their success had been built on a foundation of solid “big-game” pitching. Chief Bender, a Fall Classic favorite, entered Game 1 with a Major League leading .850 winning percentage and a 17-3 record. His opponent, Dick Rudolph had won twenty-seven games for his Boston Braves. Rudolph pitched a five-hitter and teammate Hank Gowdy made a valiant attempt at a True Cycle when he singled, doubled and tripled. Boston won 7-1 and surprised the presumably overconfident A’s who were heavy favorites.
The next day the “Miracle Braves” called on their other ace Bill James who had boasted an impressive twenty-six wins for his team during the regular season. The A’s Connie Mack countered with the 1913 Series winner Eddie Plank and both pitched to a 0-0 standstill after eight innings. In the top of the ninth, Boston’s Charlie Deal hit a one-out double, stole third and scored on a two-out single by Les Mann. In the bottom of the ninth, James walked two batters but got out of the jam by inducing Eddie Murphy to hit into a game-ending double play. James’ two-hit, 1-0 victory gave Boston a shocking Series lead of two games to none.
Although the Fall Classic had shifted to Boston, the Braves were still without home-field advantage. Fenway Park (home of the Red Sox) was chosen over their own South End Grounds as a more attractive and inviting venue. Game 3 was anyone’s game as the Braves and A’s battled to another game extending tie at 2-2 through nine innings. Once again, “Home Run Baker” came up clutch, hitting a two run single off of the Braves starter, Lefty Tyler. The Braves answered back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the tenth as Gowdy led off with a timely homer and Joe Connolly produced a run-scoring fly ball later in the inning. Bill James came in as relief for Tyler and shut the Athletics out for the next two innings. In the bottom of the twelfth, Gowdy knocked a double off of “Bullet” Joe Bush (who had gone the distance) and gave way to a pinch-runner, Mann. After an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Larry Gilbert, Herbie Moran followed with a perfect bunt. Bush grabbed the ball and threw toward the third baseman in an attempt to force Mann, but his throw went wide resulting in much more than an error. Mann jumped at the opportunity and darted home for the 5-4 victory. Boston was now up three-games-to-none and the Philadelphia favorites were in serious trouble.
After failing to win with the “Big 3” – Bender, Plank and Bush, the Athletics turned to second year man, Bob Shawkey in an effort to get themselves back in the game. The Miracle Braves were on the verge of sweeping one of baseball’s original dynasties and the A’s were running out of options. Shawkey rose to the challenge and shutdown Boston for three scoreless innings before giving up one in the fourth. In the next inning, he helped his own cause with a game-tying double, but later surrendered two more runs in the bottom of the inning. Game 1 winner, Dick Rudolph held the A’s at one and the Braves went on to a 3-1 victory and World Series sweep. The Philadelphia Athletics became the first team in World Series history to be eliminated in four games (the 1907 Tigers also went winless, but managed a tie game against the Chicago Cubs, extending the contest to five games).
Hank Gowdy was a standout for the Braves with three doubles, one triple and a homer while batting a Series leading .545. Rudolph and James, after accounting for fifty-three of the Braves’ 94 regular-season victories, went undefeated while holding their opponents to a miserable .172 team mark. After their less-than stellar performance Connie Mack’s Athletics began rebuilding for the future. Unfortunately, Mack’s plan did not include many of the 1914 players. Eddie Collins was traded over the winter, Home Run Baker sat out the entire 1915 season in a dispute before being sold to the up-and-coming New York Yankees and both Plank and Bender went off to the Federal League. It didn’t stop there, by the middle of 1915, Jack Barry, Eddie Murphy and Bob Shawkey had all been traded or sold. The underdog Braves had not only swept the American League’s first real dynasty, they had destroyed it.
TODAY IN NBA HISTORY
April 1, 1973
Boston’s John Havlicek connected on 24 field goals, an NBA playoff record he shares with Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan, as the Celtics defeated Atlanta in Boston 134-109 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Havlicek finished the game with 54 points.
April 1, 1999
Detroit’s Joe Dumars becomes the 10th player in league history to play 1,000 games with the same team and one of eight to play 1,000 games with his only team.
April 1, 1999
Philadelphia head coach Larry Brown wins his 900th professional game with a 88-84 win over the Miami Heat. At the time, Brown compiled a 671-547 NBA record to go along with a 229-107 ABA ledger for a combined record of 900-654.
April 1, 2015
James Harden of the Houston Rockets scores 51 points in a 115-111 win over the Sacramento Kings.
TODAY IN NHL HISTORY
1978: Mike Bossy of the New York Islanders becomes the first NHL rookie to score 50 goals in a season. Bossy scores No. 50 at 11:52 of the third period, then gets No. 51 with five seconds to play, giving the Islanders a 3-2 victory against the Washington Capitals at Nassau Coliseum. Bossy goes on to score 60 or more goals five times during his career, and his nine consecutive 50-goal seasons are still an NHL record (shared with Wayne Gretzky). The Montreal native wins four Stanley Cup championships with the Islanders during his 10-season career, finishing with 573 regular-season goals and 85 more in the playoffs. He retires at age 30 because of back problems. “A lot of times, players look up at the clock and say to themselves, ‘Well, it’s too late to score,'” Islanders general manager Bill Torrey says years later. “It was never, ever too late for Mike Bossy to score.”
1919: The fifth and deciding game of the Stanley Cup Final between the Montreal Canadiens and Seattle Metropolitans is canceled because of an influenza epidemic. It’s still the only time that the Cup is not awarded once the Final has begun.
1926: Clint Benedict becomes the first NHL goalie to earn three straight playoff shutouts when the Montreal Maroons defeat the visiting Victoria Cougars of the Western Hockey League 3-0 in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Maroons lose Game 3, but Benedict helps Montreal to a 2-0 victory in Game 4 for a 3-1 victory in the best-of-5 series. It is the last Final involving a non-NHL team; after the 1925-26 season, the NHL is the only major pro league still in existence and takes sole control of competition for the Cup.
1954: Gordie Howe sets a Stanley Cup Playoff record for the fastest goal from the start of a game by scoring nine seconds after the opening face-off in the Detroit Red Wings’ 4-3 overtime win against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 5 of the Semifinals. Howe has two goals and an assist before Ted Lindsay scores the winner 1:01 into the second overtime.
1976: Reggie Leach of the Philadelphia Flyers becomes the second player in NHL history to score 60 goals in a season by scoring twice in an 11-2 victory against the Washington Capitals at the Spectrum. Leach scores No. 59 at 3:58 of the first period, then gets his 60th at 10:06 of the second period. Center Bobby Clarke has five assists, and Philadelphia sets a team record with 62 shots on goal. It’s the 19th straight home win for the Flyers, extending their team record.
1980: Mike Liut becomes the first goalie in St. Louis Blues history to win 30 games in one season, Mike Zuke has three assists and the Blues become the second post-1967 expansion team to win 250 home games. The milestone victory is a 5-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Checkerdome.
1989: The New York Rangers fire coach Michel Bergeron with two games remaining in the regular season. General manager Phil Esposito takes over, but the Rangers lose those two games before being swept by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Patrick Division Semifinals. Esposito is fired not long afterward.