On This Date In History: Monday, April 6th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Monday, everyone!

We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe, of course. We are excited to produce a brand new ‘On This Date in History’ – are you ready for a trip back in time?

Just a QUICK program note: We will be pressing the pause button on the ‘Daily Noontime’ and focusing on producing ‘On This Date in History.’ The ‘Daily Noontime’ will return – do not worry – but for now, we will be focusing on producing a daily sports history post, which has been a LOT of fun! 

As always, be well, stay safe, and have a wonderful Monday, everyone!


On This Date in History: April 6th, 2020

  • 1896: The first modern Olympic Games are held in Athens, Greece. They were called the Games of the I Olympiad, which were held in front of 60,000 spectators. James Connolly (USA) placed first in the triple jump.
  • 1958: Arnold Palmer wins his first of four Masters by finishing with a score of 284 (70-73-68-73).
  • 1973: Ron Blomberg becomes the first major leaguer to play a game as a designated hitter. Blomberg, who played for the New York Yankees, drew a walk in his first at-bat as the DH against Boston Red Sox pitcher Luis Tiant.
  • 1973: The Pittsburgh Pirates retired Roberto Clemente‘s uniform number (No. 21).
  • 1992: The Baltimore Orioles won their first game at Camden Yards (now Oriole Park at Camden Yards) by defeating the Cleveland Indians, 2-0.
  • 1993: The Florida Marlins sustained their initial setback in franchise history with a 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The setback occurred one day after the team won their first-ever game in franchise history on Monday, April 5th, 1993.
  • 2004: Diana Taurasi earned her second consecutive Most Outstanding Player honor after guiding Connecticut to the 23rd NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship with a 70-61 win over Tennessee.
  • 2019: The Tampa Bay Lightning becomes the fourth team in NHL history to record 62 wins in a single-season. The Lightning match the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings squad, which finished their regular season campaign with 62 wins and 128 points.

On This Date In History: Sunday, April 5th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Sunday, everyone!

As usual, we hope EVERYONE is doing well and staying safe – we will overcome this unusual time.

And as mentioned yesterday, we are starting a new daily post – On This Date in History – so let’s highlight some exciting (and amazing) sports memories that occurred on April 5th.


On This Date in History: April 5th

  • 1967: Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA record of 41 rebounds in a postseason contest against the Boston Celtics.
  • 1973: The NFL announces a jersey-number system that assigns certain ranges of numbers to each player position from which they can choose.
  • 1984: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar breaks Wilt Chamberlain’s all-time career scoring record.
  • 1990: John Stockton reaches 1,000 assists for the third consecutive season.
  • 1998: The Arizona Diamondbacks win their first-ever win in franchise history with a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants. The win over the Giants snapped a five-game losing streak – it was the worst start for any expansion team in MLB history.
  • 2005: The Washington Nationals lose their inaugural season-opener to the Philadelphia Phillies. The contest marked the first time a professional baseball team competed (and represented) the nation’s capitals since the Washington Senators departed the area following the 1971 season.
  • 2014: Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire earned his 1,000th career win when his team beat the Cleveland Indians, 7-3.
  • 2016: Breanna Stewart led the Connecticut women’s basketball team to an NCAA Championship win over Syracuse by netting 24 points.
  • 2019: Oklahoma City‘s Russell Westbrook‘s becomes the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double for three-straight years after leading the Thunder to a 123-110 win over the Detroit Pistons.

On This Date In Sports History: Saturday, April 4th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Saturday, everyone – we hope everyone is doing well and staying safe, of course!

Starting today – and every day going forward! – we are going to hop back in time and share some exciting sports memories for each particular day. And today, our post is all about what happened in the sports world on April 4th, enjoy.


On This Date in History: April 4th

  • 1948: 84-year-old Connie Mack challenged 78-year-old Clark Griffith to a race from home plate to first base. And the end result was a tie.
  • 1974: Hank Aaron tied Babe Ruth‘s home run record (714) against the Cincinnati Reds. Four days later (April 8th, to be exact) he would break the record from 1935, establishing a new mark for home runs with 715.
  • 1986: Wayne Gretzky recorded his 213th point of the 1985-86 season during a 9-3 setback to the Calgary Flames. Gretzky, who would finish the year with 215 points, broke his old record of 212 points in a single0season.
  • 1993: The Texas Tech women’s basketball team captured its initial NCAA Championship with an 84-82 win over Ohio State. Sheryl Swoopes, who was named the Most Outstanding Player, established a single-game championship scoring record of 47 points.
  • 1994: Arkansas‘ men’s basketball team won its first-ever NCAA Championship – the Razorbacks beat the Blue Devils of Duke in the title game.
  • 1997: The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim secured their first-ever postseason berth, which would conclude in the NHL conference semifinals. The Ducks won their first-ever postseason series in the quarterfinals – they outlasted the Phoenix Coyotes in seven games before falling to the Detroit Red Wings in four-straight semifinal contests.
  • 1998: The re-branded NFL Europe, which was originally named the World League of American Football, kicked-off a brand new season The Rhein Fire would be crowned the champions weeks later when they beat the Frankfurt Galaxy in the World Bowl by a score of 34-10.
  • 2011: Coach Jim Calhoun leads the Connecticut men’s basketball team to an NCAA Championship – the Huskies beat Butler, 53-41. Current Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker scored 16 points for the Huskies.

Flashback Friday: Our Visit With MIT Football (Oct. 23, 2012)

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By NoontimeSports.com| @NoontimeNation 

Beginning today and every Friday going forward, we’re going to take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of our favorite memories of coverage, beginning with a trip to Cambridge, Massachusetts in October of 2012.

Our Flashback Friday visit date: October 24th, 2012

Who did we visit/cover: The MIT football team.

Previewing our visit: What prompted us to visit with the Engineers was an exciting Friday night victory over Salve Regina on October 19th, 2012.

Just six days after falling to Western New England by a score of 36-14, the Engineers regrouped and scored an exciting (and impressive) win over Salve Regina, which entered the contest riding a seven-game winning streak.

MIT, which was celebrating its ‘Senior Day’ on a rainy (and chilly) evening in Cambridge, outscored the hosts, 13-6, in the final session to secure their fourth win of the season.

Brad Goldsberry set-up the go-ahead (and game-winning) score with a 61-yard kick-off return which would be followed by a five-yard rushing touchdown a few plays later by Justin Wallace.

The Seahawks did have a chance to respond but their comeback hopes were dashed when MIT’s Jake Laux intercepted Steven Wilken‘s final throw of the contest.

MIT would take a knee on the ensuing possession before celebrating their biggest win of the 2012 season.

Revisiting MIT’s 2012 Season: The Engineers finished its 2012 campaign with five wins – it was the first time MIT had registered five victories in four years. Additionally, the win over the Seahawks seemed to provide the unit with some momentum that would help them win six games in 2013 and then 10 in 2014.

MIT’s 2014 season was certainly a magical one as the Engineers won their first-ever New England Football Conference (NEFC) crown while capturing the program’s initial NCAA victory, too.

Prior to their opening-round win over the Eagles of Husson University, Goldsberry, Wallace and other members of the 2012 team were featured on Fox Sports.

Daily Noontime: Friday, April 3rd, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

We have made it to Friday – yay!

I hope you are somewhat excited for the weekend – sure, Saturdays feel like Mondays and Sundays feel like Wednesdays, but at least we can take a break from our home offices and enjoy time with our family, right?

Let’s kick off a new weekend with the ‘Daily Noontime.’ As usual, be well and stay safe, everyone, and we’ll chat with you again next week – I promise!


Noontime’s Daily Headlines for Friday, April 3rd, 2020 


On this Date in History:

  • Birthday: Today is actor and comedian Eddie Murphy‘s birthday.
  • 1991: Bo Jackson signed a one-year deal with the Chicago White Sox after the Kansas City Royals released the 28-year-old outfielder.
  • 2000: Ken Griffey Jr. made his debut with his hometown Cincinnati Reds. The game was unfortunately postponed to the following day due to rain in the sixth inning.
  • 2006: Billy Donovan led the Florida men’s basketball team to its first-ever NCAA Championship with a 73-57 win over UCLA.
  • 2007: Candace Parker was named the Most Outstanding Player after leading the Tennessee women’s basketball team past Rutgers in the 26th NCAA Championship. The win against Rutgers provided the Volunteers with their seventh national title in program history.