Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Historically Speaking: 7-1-09

We're keepin' her brief this morning, as the fantastical duties of work beckon. That doesn't mean there isn't homework, though. Study up.

* Frank Owen, Chicago White Stocking hurler, tossed two complete games in one day, on July 1, 1905. Cincinnati Redleg Fred Toney achieved the same feat 12 years later.

* On the first day of July 1975, Muhammad Ali beat Joe Bugner via a unanimous decision in Malaysia. The victory was Ali's third title defense since claiming the championship from George Foreman in October of '74.

* The year was 1982 when a fella by the name of Cal Ripken began playing shortstop for the Baltimore Orioles.

* In perhaps a fit of irony, the National Basketball Association locked out its players twice on this day in history: The first work stoppage in league history was in 1995; the second occurred three years later to the day.

* Today in 1996 the Winnipeg Jets officially became the Phoenix Coyotes, which may or may not have been a really bad decision.

And your Sports Illustrated quote of the day came from the mouth of... Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Cliff Stoudt, who, in 1980, was promoted from third string to second. His comment: "I've graduated from clipboard to headset."