Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Historically Speaking: Short and Sweet

If you find today's feature entirely boring, have no fear. We'll be back later with more, more-boring stuff. Fo' sho'.

* Today in 1919 the football club known as the Green Bay Packers was formed.

* Historically speaking, we tend to avoid births and deaths in this feature, but demand frequently is heard. Therefore, know that, today in 1925, Floyd Curry was born in Chapleau, Ontario. The right-winger logged 10 years in a Montreal Canadiens sweater, netting 105 goals, 99 helpers, and 147 PIMs. In his tenure, he made five all-star games, and his club won four Stanley Cups.

* On this day in 1929, Babe Ruth hit his 500th career home run. Forty-two years later, Minnesota Twin Harmon Killebrew would hit his, as well as his 501st.

* The year was 1984 when nearly 200,000 people gathered in the same spot. Though no one is sure exactly why, it is reported that there was a soccer game between Brazil and France happening in the immediate vicinity of the mob.

* In news of the 1980s Cincinnati Reds variety, Johnny Bench's number five was retired today in 1984. Two years later, Pete Rose hit four singles and a double for a National League-record 10th five-hit game. At age 45, the player-manager tallied three RsBI in a losing effort.

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

...PGA Tour golfer Craig Stadler, who, in 1991, was asked how he was putting then, compared to in 1982 when he won the Masters. His response: "More."