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:Earvin “Magic” 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.
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: 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.
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).
As usual, it is time to brighten that spirit with a brand new ‘On This Date in History’ with your friends from Noontime Sports (and Noontime Nation!).
Be well, stay safe, and have a good rest of your morning/day, everyone!
On This Date in History: April 7th, 2020
1969: Relief pitcher Bill Singer was credited with the first official save when the Los Angeles Dodgers edged the Cincinnati Reds, 3-2.
1969: Former Boston Red Sox great Ted Williams manages his first game with the Washington Senators. Washington opened the season with an 8-4 setback to the New York Yankees. The Senators would conclude their 1969 campaign with an 86-76 record, along with a fourth-place finish in the American League East.
1977: The Toronto Blue Jays win their inaugural game in franchise history by beating the Chicago White Sox, 9-5. Toronto would conclude its initial season with a 54-107 record, as well as a seventh-place finish in the American League East.
1984: Jack Morris throws a no-hitter for the Detroit Tigers against the Chicago White Sox. Years later, Justin Verlander would record two no-no’s with the Tigers, but Morris’ no-hitter was the first since Jim Bunning recorded one against the Boston Red Sox on July 20, 1958.
2018: The Vegas Golden Knights conclude their initial season with a 7-1 setback to the Calgary Flames, but finish with an NHL expansion team record of 51 victories. The new mark erases the original mark of 33 wins by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks and Florida Panthers from the 1993-94 season.
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.
We have officially reached our favorite day of the week: Friday!
As usual, we hope everyone is doing well, staying safe, and thinking optimistically. I know I may sound like a broken record, but we will get through this and come back stronger than ever – I believe it!
Let’s cap another crazy week with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ – again, be well, stay safe, and have a nice weekend, everyone.
Noontime’s Headlines for Friday, March 27th, 2020
Yesterday was supposed to be the first day of the Major League Baseball season But due to no games being played by the coronavirus (COVID-19), NBC Sports did a simulation of the 2020 season on “MLB The Show 20” video game, which saw the Boston Red Sox finish their campaign with just 79 wins.
If there is no baseball this season due to the coronavirus, then Mookie Betts will be a free agent, not a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Additionally, the Sox would lose a few members of this year’s team, including Jackie Bradley Jr., Kevin Pillar, and Collin McHugh to free agency.
Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge seems to be staying busy during this unusual time, but also admitted in an interview with the Boston Herald that he doesn’t “feel really scared” about the coronavirus.