Thursday, October 22, 2009

Historically Speaking: Manny Go Bye-Bye

Well, we're one Yankee win away from a New York-Philly World Series. Thank God there's hockey on TV. Tiny bits of history, post-leap.

* Today in 1950, the Los Angeles Rams and the Baltimore Colts gathered for a friendly game of professional football. The Colts just barely came out on the losing end of a regular-season record score, 70-27.

* On this date in 1985, Bret Saberhagen delivered a complete-game World Series victory to the Kansas City Royals as KC defeated the Cardinals in game three.

* Nine years ago today, Cincinnati Bengal Corey Dillon post 278 rushing yards on the Denver Broncos. That marked an NFL record until Jamal Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens hung 295 on the Cleveland Browns on 9/14/03. It was broken again in 2007 when Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings dropped a 2-9-6 against Marmalard and the Chargers on the fourth of November.

* The coldest World Series game in history was played today in 1997 when the Florida Marlins visited the Cleveland Indians. Amidst falling snow and below-40-degree temperatures, a Manny Ramirez home run, among other things, contributed to a 10-3 win for the home team.

* Just east of Cleveland on this same day in history, New York Ranger Ulf Samuelsson was checked into the boards by a Chicago Blackhawk.

The hit knocked the plexi-glass out of the dasher and into the head of Samuelsson's teammate's wife, Janet Gretzky.

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

...former University of Houston football coach Bill Yeoman, who, in 1984, was asked about his 5'9" quarterback Gerald Landry. Yeoman said, "If he was 6'2", he'd be All-America. Of course, if he was 6'2", he'd be at Southern Cal."