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).

Sports History: Ted Williams Manages His First Game with the Washington Senators

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Ted Williams, who played for the Boston Red Sox, began his managerial career with the Washington Senators on April 7th, 1969. (PHOTO COURTESY: Boston.com)

By Matt Noonan 

As noted in today’s ‘On This Date in History’ for Tuesday, April 7th, 2020, former Boston Red Sox great Ted Williams managed his initial game with the Washington Senators, which sadly did not end with a victory, but a disappointing 8-4 setback to the New York Yankees.

New York spoiled Williams’ managerial debut on Monday, April 7th, 1969 by producing eight runs in a span of three innings (second, third, and fourth) to secure a lead they would not relinquish.

Washington would, however, trim the deficit, thanks to Frank Howard, who finished the game with two RBI. Howard also recorded one hit and one run during five plate appearances while Del Unser and Tim Cullen recorded three hits, respectively.

Howard’s lone RBI – a home run – occurred in the ninth inning against Mel Stottlemyre, who would conclude the 1969 season with a career-high 24 complete games.

New York’s Bobby Murcer highlighted his team’s opening day win with three RBI, including a pair of two-out RBI, along with a home run off Washington’s Camilo Pascual in the third inning.

Washington would provide Williams with his initial win two days later (Wednesday, April 9th, 1969) when the Senators beat the Yankees, 6-4.

Williams, who managed the Senators from 1969 to 1971, led the team to its only winning season in franchise history with an 86-76 record. They finished in fourth place in the American League East while the Yankees concluded their 1969 campaign in fifth place.

The Baltimore Orioles, which won the AL East, would advance to the World Series after beating the Minnesota Twins in the American League Championship Series (ALCS) before losing to the New York Mets in five games.

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.

Daily Noontime: Monday, March 9th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

It’s Monday – where did this past weekend go?

The good news about today is the weather: it is going to be gorgeous, so make sure to get outside and enjoy the sun.

Let’s kick-start a new week – well, a new work week, to be exact! – with a brand new Daily Noontime. Have a wonderful day, everyone, and remember to smile, too.

The Boston Celtics did not play their best basketball on Sunday as the Green and White were edged by the Oklahoma City Thunder, 105-104, at the TD GardenGordon Hayward led the Celtics with 24 points while Jayson Tatum added 19 points, five rebounds, and three assists. Marcus Smart recorded a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Boston will attempt to return to the win column tomorrow – that would be Tuesday, March 10th, to be exact – when they visit the Indiana Pacers for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

As of this morning, the Celtics remain locked in the third position in the Eastern Conference but need to find their groove down the stretch in order to catch the Toronto Raptors for the second spot in the upcoming NBA playoffs.

Hayward told reporters after his team’s loss to the Thunder that the Celtics were not going to blame the setback on Kemba Walker, who turned the ball over with 8.5 seconds remaining. Instead, Hayward told reporters that the Celtics “lost this game together.”

After a successful road trip down south, the Boston Bruins fell apart at home on Saturday, losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 5-3. Tuukka Rask denied 20 of 24 shots in the setback while Charlie McAvoy tallied one goal and one assist.

Boston will visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Boston Red Sox will play another spring training game this afternoon against the Atlanta Braves with the first pitch scheduled for 6:05 p.m. Boston edged the Minnesota Twins on Sunday by a score of 7-6 after splitting two games on Saturday with the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays.

And just in case you were wondering, we’re roughly two weeks away from the start of a brand new season, which seems crazy, right?

According to Jeff Borzello of ESPN, Harvard University‘s Seth Towns will compete for another team next season as a grad student – he is considering multiple programs, including KansasVirginia, and Syracuse. Towns has not appeared on the court this winter due to an injury – he also missed last season, too, but was named to the Lou Henson Award watch list, though.

The Holy Cross women’s basketball team will host Lafayette College this evening in the Patriot League quarterfinals. The winner will advance to Thursday’s semifinals. Holy Cross has won three-straight contests, including its final game of the 2019-20 regular season.

Yale University secured the top seed in this weekend’s Ivy League men’s basketball tournament while Princeton University is the number one seed in the women’s tournament.

The Ivy League tournaments will begin on Friday, March 13th and conclude Sunday, March 15th.

Daily Noontime: Thursday, February 27th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

It looks pretty rainy outside my window this morning, but luckily the wet weather will eventually subside and then become rather chilly this evening.

We’ll try to brighten everyone’s mood (and day) with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ – that is why we are here, right?

Tatum, Celtics cap road trip with win over the Utah Jazz

  • Jayson Tatum is having a phenomenal second season with the Green and White – his amazing efforts were on display last night as he scored 33 points in 38 minutes which helped the Celtics beat the Jazz, 114-103. The win bumped Boston’s overall record to 41-17 – they should be able to use this momentum later this week when they host the Houston Rockets on Saturday, February 29th at 8:30 p.m.

Boston Red Sox have won their last two spring training outings 

  • While we anxiously await the ruling on the Red Sox cheating scandal from 2018, there is some good news to report this morning as the local nine have won not just one game recently, but two. Boston beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-3, yesterday and the Baltimore Orioles one day earlier by a score of 12-4.
  • Boston will compete against the Philadelphia Phillies this afternoon at 1:05 p.m. before visiting the Minnesota Twins tomorrow for a 1:05 p.m. first pitch. And on Saturday, the New York Yankees will visit the Sox for a 1:05 p.m. start.
  • Finally, we are less than one month away from the start of the Sox season – Boston will begin its 2020 campaign in Canada against the Toronto Blue Jays on March 26th.

Can the Boston Bruins return to their winning ways? 

  • It seems like its been a while since the Boston Bruins won a game – in fact, their last win came six days ago when they beat the Calgary Flames on the road. But perhaps tonight they will return to the win column when they face-off against the Dallas Stars at 7:30 p.m.
  • According to a recent report, the Bruins may have to bid farewell to Torey Krug in the offseason due to the team’s salary cap.

Allen leads Babson College men’s lacrosse past Bates College 

  • Owen Allen netted an overtime goal yesterday against the Bobcats that helped the Babson College men’s lacrosse team defeat the Bobcats for the first time since 1990. Allen, who is from Franklin, Massachusetts, finished Wednesday’s non-conference clash with three goals.
  • With the win, Babson improves to 2-0 and will look to continue their momentum on Saturday, February 29th when they host Union College for a 12 p.m. face-off.

MIT, Smith College, and Springfield College advance to the NEWMAC semifinals

  • The MITSpringfield College, and Smith College women’s basketball teams extended their respective campaigns to Friday, February 28th by scoring wins last night in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) quarterfinals.
  • MIT will visit Babson Collegetomorrow – the Beavers are the top seed in this year’s tournament – while Smith will make the short trek to Springfield. Both contests will tip-off at 7 p.m.

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