Friday, December 10, 2010

On this Day.....

Today in
Sports History

1919 - The National League voted to ban spitballs by all new pitchers. The Rules Committee officially worked out the ban the following February.

1939 - The National Football League's attendance exceded 1 million in a season for the first
Frank Gifford

1962 - Frank Gifford (New York Giants) was on the cover of "Sports Illustrated."

1972 - The American League voted to adopt the designated-hitter rule in a three-year experiment. In December of 1975 the American League voted to permanently adopt the designated-hitter rule.

1972 - The longest non-scoring pass in NFL history was made when Jim Hart (St. Louis Cardinals) threw a pass from his own one yard-line to Bobby Moore (Ahmad Rashad). Moore was tackled on the Rams' one-yard line. The pass was officially 98 yards.

1992 - The NHL awarded franchises to Miami and Anaheim for the 1994-95 season.

Art Monk

1994 - Art Monk (New York Jets) set an NFL record of 178 straight games with a reception.

2001 - ESPN announced that it would be expanding into Europe with its first network, which would feature great sports moments from the past. The launch was planned for early 2002 in France.

2007 - Michael Vick was sentenced by a federal judge in Richmond, VA, to 23 months in prison for bankrolling a dogfighting operation and killing dogs that underperformed.

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