Monday, July 20, 2009

Historically Speaking: Needs More Stuff

Rough weekend for the Royals and Mr. Watson, and that's all I have to say about that.

* Today in 1859, Brooklyn and New York played a baseball game in Long Island. It was the first game in history where fans were charged an admission (50 American pennies), and the players on the field did not earn a salary.

* Speaking of Brooklyn baseball, Dazzy Vance fanned 17 today in 1925 in an extra-innings victory over the Chicago Cubs.

* Still more New York baseball: Joe DiMaggio smacked three doubles and a homer today in 1941 in an extra-innings victory over the Detroit Tigers.

* The National Football League, today in 1947, decided that no professional team could sign a player that had college eligibility remaining. Oh, glory day.

* The year was 2003 when Professional Golf Association Tour rookie Ben Curtis won the British Open, his first major championship. Other Open Championship owners to win on this day in history were Tom Watson with a 271 in 1980, Nick Faldo with a 272 in 1992, and Billy Ray Brown with a 271 in 1997.

And your Sports Illustrated quote of the day came from the mouth of...

...former South Carolina football coach Brad Scott, who, in 1998, was asked about the status of his wife, who sprained her ankle while leaving a game. His response: "She's probably out for the season."