This Day In Sports History

Posted: March 31, 2012 in On This Date In Sports History

1906 – The Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States was founded to set rules in amateur sports. The organization became the National Collegiate Athletic Association in 1910.
1923 – King Clancy (Ottawa Senators) played all six positions in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals. He played goalie for 2 minutes while Clint Benedict served a penalty.
1931 – Knute Rockne died in a plane crash.
1968 – Seattle chose the nickname Pilots for their new AL franchise.
1972 – The Major League Baseball Players Association voted to go on strike on April 1.
1973 – Muhammad Ali wore a $10000 robe with “The Peoples Champion” inscribed on it. Ali lost the fight to Ken Norton. Elvis Presley had given the robe to Ali on January 2, 1971.
1990 – Joe Sakic became the youngest person in NHL history to score 100 points in a season. He was also the first to do so with a last-place team.
1991 – Brett Hull (St. Louis Blues) recorded his 86th goal of the season. It was the third best total in NHL history.
1992 – Cotton Fitzsimmons (Phoenix Suns) became the sixth coach in NBA history to get 800 career wins.
1997 – Martina Hingis, 16 years old, became the youngest women’s tennis player to reach the world number-one mark.
1998 – The Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Arizona Diamondbacks debuted in the major league.
1998 – Pokey Reese (Cincinnati Reds) tied a major league record when he had four errors on opening day.
2003 – Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the season opener between the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
2004 – NFL owners adopted a 15-yard penalty for excessive celebrations. The penalty was added to the fines previously in place for choreographed and multiplayer celebrations. Also, if the infraction was flagrant the player would be ejected. The previous day the owners had instituted a modified instant replay system for five years.

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