When studio chiefs heard about the making of “Gentleman’s Agreement,” they asked the producer not to make it, fearing its theme of anti-Semitism and racism would stir up a hornet's nest. Not only did production continue, but a scene was subsequently written into the script that mirrored that confrontation. The movie, directed by Elia Kazan, and starred Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Sam... Continue reading
Jim won the Cy Young Award three times (1973, 1975 and 1976) and was runner up two other seasons. At the age of 18, he signed a $50,000 bonus contract with the Orioles, and in 1966 became the youngest player ever to pitch a World Series shutout. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990. In 1973 he won 22 games and lost 9 with 6 shutouts. In 1975 he won 23 games and lost 11 with 10... Continue reading
On May 24, 1980 in the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island, Bobby Nystrom scored 7:11 into overtime of Game 6 of the NHL Finals vs. the Philadelphia Flyers to give the New York Islanders their first ever Stanley Cup Championship, just eight years after the team was founded. Nystrom’s dramatic goal not only won the Stanley Cup, but also started one of the most memorable dynasties in... Continue reading
Warren Spahn played all but one of his 21 season career with the Boston/Milwaukee Braves, winning at least 20 games in 13 of those seasons. He won a total of 363 games in his career, the most ever for a left-handed pitcher. Spahn won the Cy Young Award in 1957 when he was 21-11, which was the 2nd of a streak of six consecutive remarkably consistent seasons in which he won 20 to 22 games. But... Continue reading
Harvey Haddix won 136 games during his 14 season career, but he is best remembered for a game he lost. On May 26, 1959, Haddix pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates at the Milwaukee Braves, who featured a powerful lineup led by Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron. But for most of this game, the Braves’ batters struggled with the magical pitches of Harvey Haddix. Haddix pitched a perfect nine innings,... Continue reading
During his 22 season major league career, Harmon Killebrew amassed 573 career home runs, including 8 seasons of at least 40 round trippers. “Hammerin’ Harmon” led the league in home runs 6 times and was named as an all-star during 11 of his 22 seasons. Killebrew’s best season came in 1969 when he won the American League’s Most Valuable Player Award while also leading the Twins to a divisional... Continue reading
The University of San Francisco Dons has one of college basketball’s historic basketball programs. After winning the NIT championship in 1949, the peak of the Dons’ success came in the mid-1950s. Led by Bill Russell and KC Jones, the Dons won back-to-back NCAA Championships in 1955 and 1956 and made it to the Final Four in 1957. The school remained a basketball powerhouse in the 1960s and 1970s,... Continue reading
After leading the Providence Friars to the 1973 Final Four, All-American Ernie DiGregorio was selected 3rd overall in the 1973 NBA Draft by the Buffalo Braves. DiGregorio had an immediate impact in the NBA, averaging 15.2 points and a league leading 8.2 assists per game on his way to winning the 1973-1974 Rookie of the Year Award. DiGregorio also had 25 assists in one game during his first... Continue reading
With only 51 seconds left on the clock, Dwight Clark’s miraculous game-winning catch on a pass from Joe Montana in the corner of the endzone gave the SF 49ers a 28-27 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the 1981 NFC Championship Game. The reception that would forever be known as “The Catch” was Clark’s 2nd touchdown of the game and his 8th reception. The 49ers would go on to win their first of... Continue reading
Newcombe debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1949, and immediately helped the Dodgers win the pennant. He won seventeen games, led the league in shutouts, and at one stretch pitched 32 consecutive scoreless innings. He was among the first four black players to be named to the All-Star team that season, along with teammates Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella and the Indians' Larry Doby. He... Continue reading