On This Date In History: Monday, April 20th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com 

Welcome to a brand new week, everyone – well, technically the second day of the week as Sunday marked the beginning of the second to last week of April, which is crazy, right?

From a quick glance outside our window, it appears to be a cloudy and overcast day here in Boston. Did we just see the sun?

Either way, stay calm and positive, and make sure to smile – we got this!


On This Date in History: April 20th, 2020 

  • 1986: Michael Jordan recorded an NBA Playoff record of 63 points in a double-overtime loss to the Boston Celtics.

    Jordan connected on 22 of 41 shots while sinking 19 of 21 freebies. He also recorded five rebounds, six assists, three steals, and two blocks.

    Boston would clinch the best-of-five game series two days later in Chicago by beating the Bulls, 122-104.

  • 1988: The Baltimore Orioles lost their 14th straight contest, falling to the Milwaukee Brewers by a score of 8-6.

    The Orioles, which finished the 1988 season with a 54-107 record, would only win one game in the month of April when they beat the Chicago White Sox, 9-0, on the second to the last day of the month. The win against the White Sox snapped a 21-game losing streak.

  • 1996: With the first pick in the 1996 NFL Draft, the New York Jets selected wide receiver, Keyshawn Johnson. The Jacksonville Jaguars selected linebacker Kevin Hardy second while the Arizona Cardinals picked defensive end Simeon Rice.

    The New England Patriots had the seventh pick and selected wide receiver, Terry Glenn.

  • 1997: The Chicago Cubs win their first game of the 1997 season against the New York Mets, snapping a 14-game losing streak to begin their new campaign. Four Chicago batters recorded a run in the 4-3 win over the Mets, including Sammy Sosa, who finished with three hits and two strikeouts.
  • 2002: The Houston Texans selected quarterback David Carr as their first-ever pick in franchise history on the initial day of the 2002 NFLDraft. Defensive end Julius Peppers was selected second by the Carolina Panthers followed by quarterback Joey Harrington third by the Detroit Lions.

    The New England Patriots selected tight end, Daniel Graham with the 21st pick.

 

On This Date In History: Thursday, April 16th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Welcome to Thursday, everyone!

As usual, we hope everyone is doing well and staying safe – we know better days are ahead, of course.

Let’s kick-off a brand new day – well, more your mid-to-late morning (or afternoon) – with a new historical post.


On This Date in History: April 16th, 2020

  • 1987: Michael Jordan netted 61 points in a 117-114 setback to the Atlanta Hawks and became the first player in 24 seasons to score 3,000 points in a single-season since Wilt Chamberlain accomplished the feat.

    “I think it’s a great compliment to be mentioned in the same sentence as Wilt and a great achievement,” Jordan said, via the Los Angeles Times. “It caps off a great season for me.”

  • 1990: The Milwaukee Brewers pounded the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park by a score of 18-0. The game, which took place at 11:06 a.m. on Monday, April 16th, saw the visitors produce 18 runs on 20 hits while recording just one error. Boston registered just three hits in nine innings.
  • 1992: The New York Rangers concluded their 1991-92 regular season campaign with 50 wins, thanks to a commanding 7-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Rangers would advance to the 1992 postseason, winning just one round – their opening series against the New Jersey Devils – before falling to the Penguins in six games in the semifinals.

    The 50 wins translated into 105 points, which was the most recorded by any team in both the Patrick Division and Wales Conference.

  • 1997: The Chicago Cubs lost their 12th consecutive contest, falling to the Colorado Rockies at home by a score of 4-0. Chicago would not register a win until Sunday, April 20th when they beat the New York Mets in the second game of a double-header. Chicago would conclude its 1997 campaign with a 68-94 record.
  • 2018: Yuki Kawauchi won the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon with a time of 2:15.58 while Desiree Linden finished first in the women’s race with a time of 2:39.54.
  • 2019: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson becomes the highest-paid signal-caller, inking his name on a $140 million, four-year extension. The new deal, which runs through the 2023 season, includes a $65 million signing bonus, along with a no-trade clause and $107 million in guaranteed money.

On This Date In History: Monday, April 13th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Welcome to Monday, everyone, as well as the second day of a brand new week – yippee!

It is a VERY rainy day today here in Boston, so please make sure to stay inside, play a game (if you can) and do some reading. And also, start your day with a walk down memory lane with a brand new ‘On This Date in History.’

Be well, stay safe, and remember to smile, everyone!


On This Date in History: Monday, April 13th, 2020

  • 1957: The Boston Celtics won their first-ever NBA Championship by beating the St. Louis Hawks, 125-123, in double-overtime.

    The win occurred during the seventh and final game of the series, which took place in Boston.

    Tom Heinsohn concluded the game with a double-double of 37 points and 23 rebounds while Bill Russell added 19 points and 32 caroms.

  • 1986: The Boston Celtics won their regular-season finale against the New Jersey Nets by a score of 135-107.

    Larry Bird led the Green and White with 26 points on 9 of 14 shooting while Kevin McHale contributed 24 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and one steal.

    Boston would go onto win the 1986 NBAChampionship weeks later against the Houston Rockets.

  • 1997: The Hartford Whalers played their final game against the Tampa Bay Lightning before becoming the Carolina Hurricanes the following season. Hartford beat Tampa Bay, 2-1, in their final contest, thanks to goals from Glen Wesley and Kevin Dineen.
  • 1997: Tiger Woods won his first major championship on the final day of the 61st Masters Tournament by defeating runner-up Tom Kite by twelve strokes.

  • 2004: Barry Bonds hit his 661st career home run – the long ball occurred off a pitch from Ben Ford of the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • 2019: The Boston Bruins evened their opening-round postseason series with the Toronto Maple Leafs by a score of 4-1. Boston, as most fans know, would go onto win the series ten days later before advancing to the Stanley Cup weeks later.

On This Date In History: Saturday, April 11th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Weekend, everyone!

We hope your Saturday is filled with sunshine (and better weather) compared to earlier this week when we had some rain (and overcast skies).

As usual, we will continue to pump out this post every day with hopes to bring a smile to everyone’s face during this unusual and scary time.

Be well, stay safe, and have a wonderful rest of your morning (and day), everyone!


On This Date in History: Saturday, April 11th, 2020 

  • 1917: Babe Ruth tossed a complete game while recording one run and one hit during four at-bats as the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees, 10-3, in their season-opener at the Polo Grounds. Ruth retired just one batter of 35 batters he faced while yielding just three runs on three hits to go with three walks. Boston’s Harry Hooper concluded the contest with three runs and three hits.
  • 1961: The Boston Celtics clinched the 1961 NBA Finals series with a 121-112 win over the St. Louis Hawks. Boston, which needed five games to beat the Hawks, was led by Bill Russell, who concluded the game with 30 points and 38 rebounds.
  • 1966: Emmett Ashford became the first African American to umpire a major league baseball game – his first contest was held in Washington D.C. Stadium between the Washington Senators and Cleveland Indians. Ashford was spotted at third base.
  • 1975: Hank Aaron played his first home game with the Milwaukee Brewers since September 22, 1965. Aaron was traded back to Milwaukee from the Atlanta Braves in 1974 – he received a phone call on Saturday, November 2, 1974, from the President of the Brewers, Bud Selig.
  • 1976: Raymond Floyd won his only Masters title by beating runner-up Ben Crenshaw by eight strokes.
  • 1992: The Boston Red Sox needed 19 innings to beat the Cleveland Indians, 7-5, in just their third game of the 1992 season. The win – Boston’s first of the season – spoiled Cleveland’s home opener and was highlighted by a two-run home run in the top of the 19th by Tim Naehring.

    Boston would go onto win 73 games in 1992, but finish seventh in the American League East.

  • 2004: Phil Mickelson won his first major championship – the 68th Masters Tournament – with a birdie on the final hole, which helped him edge runner-up Ernie Els.

Daily Noontime: Thursday, February 20th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Welcome to Thursday, everyone – we’re one day away from the start of a brand new weekend!

The sun is shining outside my window, but it is VERY cold, so make sure to bundle up and maybe wear an extra hat (or gloves). But luckily this cold spell will pass as the mild temperatures will return this weekend (and even next week, too). So get excited!

Alright, without further ado, here is a brand new Daily Noontime, but remember … make sure you smile, laugh, eat a cookie, drink some hot cocoa, and read something interesting today.


The Boston Sports Scoreboard 

  • The Boston Bruins kicked-off their road trip with a 2-1 (overtime) win last night over the Edmonton OilersDavid Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron each lit the lamp for the Bruins, who improve to 38-11-12 overall.

    Boston will visit the Calgary Flames tomorrow night (Friday, Feb. 21st) with puck drop scheduled for 9 p.m.

  • The Boston Celtics will commence the second half of their season tomorrow when they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves for an 8 p.m. tip-off.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • Chris Kreider remains on the market and could be a target for not just the Bruins at the NHL Trade Deadline. (NBC Sports)
  • According to a report, the NFL would add an extra playoff team under the Collective Bargaining Agreement beginning this season. (ProFootballTalk.com)

  • Brock Holt won’t be playing for the Boston Red Sox this season – he recently joined the Milwaukee Brewers – but one Boston journalist pondered the question if he was the greatest utility player in the team’s history. (Boston.com)
  • According to Colin Cowherd, the New England Patriots could sign Derek Carr if Tom Brady inks his name on a contract with the Las Vegas Raiders(NESN.com)

  • Robert Williams will be returning to the hardwood soon for the Celtics. (Boston.com)
  • The NBA postseason will be here before we know it, which means its time to highlight a few teams that could provide the Celtics with some challenges over the next few weeks. (Fansided)

VIDEO OF THE DAY: In honor of ‘Throwback Thursday’ here is my audition tape for the Chicago Cubs PA Announcer position from 2011. (Feel free to laugh – I won’t get upset!)