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Today is Tuesday, January 15, 2013
1892 – In Springfield, MA, the rules of “basketball” by James Naismith were printed in the “Triangle” newspaper.
1934 – Babe Ruth signed a 1934 contract for $35,000.
1942 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave baseball the approval to play despite World War II. He encouraged night games so that war workers could attend.
1958 – The New York Yankees announced that they would televise 140 games in the 1958 season.
1967 – The first National Football League Super Bowl was played. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs (of the American Football League) with a final score of 35-10. The game was televised by both CBS and NBC and was not a sell out.
1968 – Bill Masterson (Minnesota North Stars) died of a brain injury that he had suffered two days earlier in a game against the Oakland Seals. He was the first casualty in the NHL.
1978 – The Super Bowl was played indoors for the first time. The game was played at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Denver Broncos 27-10.
1990 – Don Nelson became the second man in NBA history to appear in 1,000 games as a head coach and as a player. Lenny Wilkins was the first to achieve the record.
1997 – Dennis Rodman (Chicago Bulls) kicked cameraman Eugene Amosin in the groin.
1997 – The Seattle Supersonics set an NBA record with 27 steals against the Toronto Raptors.
2001 – An anonymous bidder paid just over $3 million for a baseball. The ball was the 70th home run ball hit by Mark McGwire.
2002 – Seven minority players took part in an NHL game between the St. Louis Blues and the Edmonton Oilers. The record number of minority skaters included Edmonton’s Anson Carter, Georges Laraque, Sean Brown and Mike Grier and St. Louis’ Jamal Mayers, Fred Brathwaite and Bryce Salvador.
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