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On This Date In History: Friday, April 17th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Welcome to Friday – we made it!

Hopefully, everyone is having a wonderful start to their morning (or afternoon or whenever you will be reading this) and looking forward to some snow in the forecast. Yes, snow will be arriving overnight here in Massachusetts, but luckily warmer weather will follow, which means better days are ahead, right?

In the meantime, take a work break or a reading break to enjoy a brand new ‘On This Date in History’ from your friends at NoontimeSports.com.


On This Date in History: April 17th, 2020 

1947: Jackie Robinson recorded his first major league hit with a bunt going toward third base. Robinson started the game at first base and batted second in the lineup for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Brooklyn won the game by defeating the Boston Braves, 12-6.

1951: Mickey Mantle made his major league debut with the New York Yankees and finished his team’s initial contest of the 1951 season with one RBI, one hit, and one run. New York won its opening day clash against the Boston Red Sox by a score of 5-0 and would go onto win the World Series months later against the New York Giants.

1972: Olavi Suomalainen won the 76th running of the Boston Marathon by finishing the 26.2-mile course in 2:15:39. Victor Manuel Mora finished second with a time of 2:15:57 while Jacinto Sabinal placed third with a time of 2:16:10.

Nina Kuscsik won the women’s race with a time of 3:10:26 while Elaine Pedersen finished second (3:20:25) and Kathrine Switzer placed third (3:29:51).

1987: Julius Erving, who was commonly known as Dr. J to many basketball fans, joined a pair of NBA greats (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Wilt Chamberlain (31,419)) by reaching 30,000 points in a 115-111 setback to the Indiana Pacers. Erving, who netted 38 points in the setback to the Pacers on 17 of 31 shooting, would conclude his career with 30,026 points.

Erving spent his entire NBA career competing for the Philadelphia 76ers but did begin competing professionally in the ABA with the Virginia Squires and New York Nets.

1999: With the first pick in the NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns selected Tim Couch, a quarterback that competed for Kentucky.

The Philadelphia Eagles, which had the second pick, selected Donovan McNabb from Syracuse while the Cincinnati Bengals selected Akili Smith, who played quarterback for Oregon. 

The New England Patriots selected center Damien Woody, who played locally at Boston College with the 17th pick.

Sports History: Jackie Robinson Makes His Debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers

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On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson made his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers. (PHOTO COURTESY: J. R. Eyerman/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)

By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

It was on this date 73 years ago (April 15, 1947) when Jackie Robinson made his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming just the second African American to play professional baseball since catcher Moses Fleetwood Walker suited up for the Toledo Blue Stockings of the American Association in 1884.

The 28-year-old infielder, who was a native of Georgia and credited for breaking the color barrier, had his contract purchased just five days ahead of the Dodgers’ season-opener after spending the previous year with the team’s minor league affiliate the Montreal Royals.

Robinson and the Royals enjoyed a very successful 1946 campaign, winning 100 games while capturing the Governor’s Cup for beating the Syracuse Chiefs in five contests.

In his debut with the Dodgers, Robinson recorded one run and one walk in three plate appearances while Pete Reiser led Brooklyn with three runs on two hits. Eddie Stanky also scored a run against Boston while drawing one walk.

Robinson, who was named the 1947 MLB Rookie of the Year, would conclude his initial season by producing 125 runs, 175 hits, 31 doubles, five triples, 12 home runs, and 48 RBI in 590 plate appearances. He led the National League with 29 stolen bases in 1947 while helping Brooklyn reach the World Series. Unfortunately, Brookly lost the World Series in seven games to the New York Yankees, but Robinson and the Dodgers would win the Fall Classic eight years later.

The 1955 World Series victory against the Yankees would be the only championship Robinson would celebrate as he would retire the following season after leading Brooklyn back to the Fall Classic against New York.

Years after his 10-year career with the Dodgers ended, the MLB permanently retired his No. 42 before former commissioner Bud Selig announced that April 15th would be known as “Jackie Robinson Day.” The first official “Jackie Robinson Day” was held in 2004 with every player wearing the No. 42.

On This Date In History: Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

It’s Wednesday, which means we are inching closer to a brand new weekend – hooray!

Sure, weekends these days are a bit different, but they still are fun (in our opinion!).

As usual, have a wonderful day, be well, stay safe, and keep smiling, everyone!


On This Date in History: April 15th, 2020

  • 1947: Jackie Robinson made his major league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the second African African to play in the major leagues since catcher Moses Fleetwood Walker suited up for the Toledo Blue Stockings of the American Association in 1884. Robinson inked his name on a contract with the Dodgers five days earlier (April 10th), ending his time with the Montreal Royals.

  • 1991: EarvinMagic” Johnson notched his 9,898th assist, passing Oscar Robertson on the NBA all-time assists leaderboard to become number one. The sellout crowd of 17,505 gave Johnson a standing ovation after he broke the record.

  • 1997: MLB Commissioner Bud Selig made sure the league would honor the work and life of Jackie Robinson by “permanently retiring his No. 42.”

    A ceremony was held on this date – April 15, 1997 – prior to the start of the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets game at Shea Stadium. Selig announced that Robinson’s number would be “permanently” retired and that all players wearing No. 42 at the time would be allowed to continue to use the number.

  • 2019: The Los Angeles Clippers overcame a 31-point deficit to even their first-round postseason series with the Golden State Warriors with a 135-131 victory. The 31 point comeback was the most by any team in the postseason since 1989 when the Los Angles Lakers erased a 29 point deficit against the Seattle Supersonics.
  • 2019: Cale Makar, who won the Hobey Baker and was named the Hockey East Player of the Year with UMass, recorded his first career NHL goal with the Colorado Avalanche during his debut one day after signing his name to a three-year, entry-level contract. The goal occurred during Colorado’s third postseason game against the Calgary Flames.

On This Date In History: Friday, April 10th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Welcome to Friday, everyone – we also like to call it Fri-Yay (hope that is OK with everyone!).

As usual, we hope this post finds everyone doing well and staying safe – remember, we are ALL in this together, so take a break from the scary news and revisit some exciting sports moments, which occurred on this exact date (April 10th).

Have a wonderful rest of your morning (and day), as well as a wonderful weekend, everyone.


On This Date in History: Friday, April 10th, 2020

  • 1913: President Woodrow Wilson throws the first pitch ahead of the Washington Senators‘ 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees. Additionally, 1913 marked the rebranding of New York’s ballclub from the Highlanders to the Yankees.
  • 1934: The Chicago Blackhawks win their first-ever Stanley Cup with a 1-0 double-overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings. Harold “Mush” March netted the game-winner 11 minutes into the second extra session for Chicago. The game was held at Chicago Stadium.
  • 1945: The Brooklyn Tigers and Boston Yankees merged operations to compete as one team in the 1945 NFL. Referred to as the Yanks, the team played most of its games in Boston and concluded the season with a 3-6-1 record.
  • 1947: Jackie Robinson signed his first major league contract and would become the first African American to play baseball five days when he suited up for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson became the second African American to play baseball after Moses Fleetwood Walker, who broke baseball’s color barrier in baseball in 1884.
  • 1961: President John F. Kennedy attends the Washington Senators‘ 1961 opener to cheer on a new franchise that would eventually become the Texas Rangers in 1972. The original Washington team became the Minnesota Twins following the conclusion of the 1960 Major League Baseball (MLB) season.
  • 1962: 52,564 fans attended the first game at Dodger Stadium to cheer on the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Cincinnati Reds. The Dodgers would lose their initial game at their new stadium but would beat the Reds the following day (Wednesday, April 11th, 1962) by a score of 6-2.
  • 1993: The Ottawa Senators snapped a 38-game roading losing streak with a 5-3 win over the New York Islanders. The win, unfortunately, would be followed by three more losses, including a pair of road setbacks to the Boston Bruins (4-2) and Quebec Nordiques (6-2).

Noontime’s Sunday Sports Movies

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

It’s a rainy Sunday, which means many of us, including myself, will be searching for a good movie to watch – maybe two (or three)?

And some of us, like myself, may want to watch a sports movie since there are no live games on television due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

So, with many of us searching for a new or old movie to watch this morning or afternoon, here are some suggestions from Noontime Sports, enjoy!

42. Hands down, this is one of my favorite baseball movies. I actually watched this film last weekend – it fills your baseball void, I swear!

Travel back to the late 1940s to learn about Jackie Robinson‘s first season with the Brooklyn Dodgers, which saw the Blue and White win the National League and advance to the 1947 World Series against the New York Yankees.

The Express. Sticking the historical theme – I majored in American Studies, so I love history! – jump back in time with your football and shoulder pads to learn about Ernie Davis, who was the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.

Davis, who is played by Rob Brown, is recruited to play college football at Syracuse University by both head coach Ben Schwartzwalder (Dennis Quaid) and Jim Brown, who is one of the greatest halfbacks in the National Football League (NFL).

Miracle. So, I am currently reading Mike Eruzione‘s The Making of a Miracle, which means I will probably watch this movie once I finish. And if you are craving some hockey with the National Hockey League (NHL) at a standstill, then consider cheering on the 1980 U.S.A. men’s team, which defeated both the Soviet Union and Finland to win the gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York.

The Replacements. Alright, let’s switch gears from historical movies to a comedy.

Gene Hackman inherits a team of replacements during a professional football strike that needs to win three of its final four contests to reach the playoffs. And for the team to reach the postseason, Hackman will need quarterback Shane Falco, who is played by Keanu Reeves, to guide his offense.

Space Jam. Missing basketball, especially the Boston Celtics, then consider rooting for the Tune Squad, which is made up of some of your favorite Looney Tunes characters, as well as … Michael Jordan.

61*. Director Billy Crystal, who happens to be a die-hard New York Yankees fan, takes you back to 1961 when both Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle begin their respective quests to break Babe Ruth‘s 1927 single-season home run record.

Draft Day. We’re 25 days away from the 2020 NFL Draft, so get ready to celebrate your team’s initial pick by seeing who the Cleveland Browns will select in the 2014 Draft. Kevin Costner, who is the team’s general manager, seems to know his team needs a bit more than newly acquired head coach Denis Leary.

Additional movies to watch:

  • Moneyball (baseball)
  • The Blind Side (football)
  • Invictus (rugby)
  • Glory Road (basketball)
  • Coach Carter (basketball)
  • Million Dollar Baby (boxing)
  • Cinderella Man (boxing)
  • Remember the Titans (football)
  • Slap Shot (hockey)
  • A League of Their Own (baseball)
  • Hoosiers (basketball)
  • Bull Durham (baseball)
  • The Mighty Ducks (hockey)
  • Rudy (football)
  • The Sandlot (baseball)
  • Eight Men Out (baseball)
  • Field of Dreams (baseball)
  • Happy Gilmore (golf)

As always, be well, stay safe, and think optimistically, friends – we will continue to get through this time and we’ll be back soon with some new content!