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: 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.

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: Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

It’s Tuesday and the sun is shining – good vibes!

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.