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On This Date In History: Sunday, April 12th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Happy Sunday, everyone!

We hope everyone is doing well, staying positive and optimistic, as well as enjoying the sun, which seems to be fading outside our window.

As usual, we are here every day to provide some relief, a smile and yes, a walk down memory lane with ‘On This Date in History.’


On This Date in History: Sunday, April 12th, 2020 

  • 1909: Eric McNair, who played shortstop, second and third base for the Philadelphia AthleticsBoston Red SoxChicago White Sox, and Detroit Tigers was born today. McNair, who recorded 1,240 hits and 82 home runs, finished first in the American League in doubles (47) in 1932 and first in putouts (305) in 1934.
  • 1941: The Boston Bruins clinched the 1941 NHL Stanley Cup with a game four victory over the Detroit Red Wings. The win occurred on the road after Boston won the first two games of the series on their home ice by a combined score of 5-3.
  • 1958: The St. Louis Hawks clinched the 1958 NBA Championship with a game six win over the Boston Celtics with a 110-109 victory. The Celtics would avenge the loss the following year by beating the Minneapolis Lakers in four-straight contests.
  • 1961: Gen. Douglas MacArthur was offered the position of Baseball Commissioner, but declined.
  • 1981: The Milwaukee Brewers pulverized the Boston Red Sox by a score of 18-1Cecil Cooper concluded the game with five RBI, three runs, and two hits while Ben Oglivie recorded two RBI, two hits, and three runs.

Sports History: Boston Sweeps Minneapolis, Wins Its Second NBA Title

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The Boston Celtics won their second NBA Championship on April 9th, 1959 against the Minnesota Lakers. (PHOTO COURTESY: NBA.com/Celtics)

By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

The ninth day of April has special meaning to the Boston Celtics. It was on this date 61 years ago that the Green and White celebrated its second NBA Championship with a four-game sweep of the Minneapolis Lakers.

Boston’s win over Minneapolis erased memories of the 1958 NBA Championship, which saw the St. Louis Hawks beat Boston in six games (4-2).

The Celtics entered the 1959 postseason as the top team in the Eastern Division – Boston had won 52 of 72 contests and averaged a league-best 116.4 points per game. Additionally, the 52 wins were the most recorded by any of the eight teams.

Prior to advancing to the franchises’ third-straight NBA Championship, Boston needed all seven contests to beat the Syracuse Nationals in the Eastern Division Finals. Boston won the odd contests – games one, three, five, and seven – while Syracuse captured games two, four, and six.

Bill Russell highlighted his team’s game seven victory over the Nationals by recording a double-double of 18 points and 32 rebounds to go with two assists. Tom Heinsohn chipped in 20 points and 13 caroms while Frank Ramsey paced the Celtics with 28 points on 11 of 24 shooting.

Boston trailed Syracuse, 68-60, at the break before outscoring the visitors, 70-57, in the second half.

The five-point (130-125) win over the Nationals seemed to provide the Celtics with a great deal of momentum as they would go onto sweep the Minneapolis Lakers and clinch the series on April 9, 1959, with a 118-113 victory.

Bill Russell concluded the four-game series averaging 29.5 rebounds per game while Sharman netted a game-high 28 points in game two.

Minneapolis’ Elgin Baylor averaged 22.75 points per game – he did record game-highs of 34 and 30 points in the first and final game, respectively. Boston limited the 1958-59 Rookie of the Year to just 13 points in game two and 14 in game three.

The win over the Lakers would be followed by additional championships and celebrations as the Celtics became the team to beat in the 1960s, winning nine of ten titles between 1960 and 1969.

On This Date In History: Thursday, April 9th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

It’s Thursday, which means we are one day closer to a brand new weekend!

Yes, Saturdays feel like Mondays and Sundays feel like Wednesdays, but hopefully, the thought of some extra sleep and time with the family brings a smile to your face!

But what also brings a smile to our face is ‘On This Date in History’ – we have a brand new one (below), so enjoy this trip down memory lane.


On This Date in History: Thursday, April 9th, 2020 

  • 1939: The Toronto Maple Leafs won the 1932 NHL Stanley Cup by beating the New York Rangers in the third and final game of the series by a score of 6-4.

    The 1932 Stanley Cup Finals was a best of five-game series – the third (and final) contest took place in Toronto after the second game was shifted from New York to Boston due to a scheduling conflict with Madison Square Garden on April 7, 1932.

  • 1947: Brooklyn Dodgers manager Leo Durocher was suspended for “conduct detrimental to baseball,” just six days before Opening Day. Additionally, Brooklyn’s Chuck Dressen was suspended 30 days while the Dodgers were fined $2,000.
  • 1959: The Boston Celtics won their third NBA Championship by sweeping the Minneapolis Lakers on the road.

    Bill Sharman paced the Celtics with 29 points while Bill Russell recorded a double-double of 15 points and 30 rebounds. Boston would win the NBA championship the following year against the St. Louis Hawks.

  • 1989: Major League Baseball (MLB) Hall of Famer Ricky Henderson stole his 800th career base in a 4-3 setback to the Cleveland Indians. Henderson, who played for both the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics during the 1989 season, concluded his career with 1,406 stolen bases. He set the record for most stolen bases in a single-season with 130 in 1982.
  • 1993: The Colorado Rockies win their first game in franchise history by defeating the Montreal Expos, 11-4. The win snapped a two-game losing streak – Montreal blanked Colorado on Opening Day by a score of 3-6 before the Rockies registered their initial run in franchise two days later in a 6-1 setback.

    Colorado concluded its first season sixth in the National League West with an overall record of 67-95.

  • 1997: Major League Soccer (MLS) announced two expansion franchises for the 1998 season: Chicago and Miami. The two new clubs bumped the league’s total to 12 teams.