On This Date In Sports History

Posted: March 1, 2012 in On This Date In Sports History
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1941 – Elmer Layden was named the first Commissioner of the NFL.

1949 – Joe Louis announced that he was retiring from boxing as world heavyweight boxing champion.

1969 – Mickey Mantle announced his retirement from baseball.

1972 – Wilt Chamberlain became the first NBA player to score 30,000 points.

1979 – The NCAA granted ESPN the exclusive rights to telecast collegiate events.

1988 – Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers) got his 1,050th assist to become the NHL’s all-time assist leader. Gordie Howe had held the record for 26 years.

1996 – Lenny Wilkens won his 1,000th game as a coach in the NBA.

1997 – “Bottom Line2” debuted on ESPN2.

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