Wednesday, October 14, 2009

HIstorically Speaking: Six-Week Hiatii

Please disperse. Nothing to see here. Except your once-daily dose of sports history and entertaining quotes. Well, that and a comparison of hitters (Editor's Note: different criteria) between the Iron Triangle and Joe Posnanski.

* Today in 1906 the Chicago White Sox handed the crosstown-rival Cubs defeat in the World Series. The Cubs earned $439 as their share of the pot. I think they had slightly better luck a couple years later.

* Today in 1945, the Chicago Cardinals ended the longest losing streak in National Football League History. Their 29-game losing streak could be on the line if the Chiefs don't figure something out quick.

* Four years later, Ezzard Charles knocked out Pat Valentino in eight rounds for his second title defense in two months. Charles' San Francisco victory preceded six more successful defenses.

* 'Twas today in 1979 when Wayne Gretzky tallied his first National Hockey League goal.

* Sparky Anderson, back in the fine year of 1984, became the first Major League Baseball manager to win 100 games and a World Series in both leagues.

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

...New York Jets center Kevin Mawae, who, in 2005, was asked how fans will react to the team's 3-10 record. His response: "The history is, they'll root for us to lose so we can get a high pick so they can boo it on draft day."