BASEBALL

Former outfielder Lou Piniella hit 102 career home runs, making Piniella the only player in Major League history with 100+ career home runs and no multi-homer games on his resume.

On April 8, 2015, former Red Sox second baseman and outfielder Bobby Doerr turned 97 years of age.  He is the oldest living player enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and the only surviving Major Leaguer to have made his debut in the 1930’s – 1937 to be precise. 

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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has the lowest WHIP (1.057) of any left-handed pitcher in Major League History.  Only five other pitchers are ahead of him.  A pitcher’s WHIP is an important mathematical calculation.  It takes the sum of a pitcher’s walks and hit allowed, and divides that sum by the total number of innings that they have pitched. 

Former pitcher Mike Timlin is the last player to win four World Series without having a spot on a New York Yankees roster.  He won two World Series with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1992 and 1993, and a pair of World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2007 and 2010.

NBA

Former center and power forward Ben Wallace was superb defense player over his 17-year career from 1996-2012.  He holds a not-so-flattering NBA career record, only converting 41.4% of his free throw attempts for players who have attempted 1,000 or more career free throws.

Wilt Chamberlain’s played his last game in 1973.  He still holds 71 NBA records, 62 of them all by himself.  To see the list of records to which Chamberlain lays full or partial claim, go to this link.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_career_achievements_by_Wilt_Chamberlain

OVERALL PROFESSIONAL SPORTS

The youngest players elected to the four major sports Halls of Fame are Sandy Koufax (MLB), Gale Sayers (NFL), Ed McCauley (NBA), and Bobby Orr – who at 31 is THE youngest of this quartet.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

On February 16, 1994, the Louisiana State Tigers basketball team blew a 31-point lead against the Kentucky Wildcats – the largest comeback of any major college basketball team.  LSU led Kentucky 68-37 with 15 minutes remaining on the second half clock, but Kentucky roared back and outscored LSU 62-27 for the remainder of the game and defeated LSU by a score of 99-95.  They took a 96-95 lead with approximately 20 seconds remaining in the game when Kentucky’s David McCarty hit a three-point shot.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

From 1962-2001, the University of Nebraska Cornhusker football team had only three head coaches, won five National Championships, and compiled a gaudy record of 398 wins, 78 losses, and five ties.  The 0.833 winning percentage meant that Nebraska won on average five of every six games played over a 40-year period.  The 2001 season would be the last season that Nebraska was a factor in competing for a National Championship, as they ended that season with a 62-37 road loss to Colorado, and despite that – got to play the great 2001 Miami Hurricane team in the Rose Bowl, only to lose 37-14.  What would one of my sports articles be with a Husker fact? 

The football rivalry between THE Ohio State Buckeyes and the University of Michigan is renowned.  The 1968 contest in Columbus, OH was a Buckeye Blowout.  With 1:23 remaining in the 4th quarter, Ohio St. scored a touchdown to give them a 50-14 lead.  Instead of kicking an extra point, their irascible coach Woody Hayes attempted and failed on a two-point conversion.  After the game, Coach Hayes was asked why we went for a two-point conversion when he was up by 36 points.  His answer was priceless:  “because they wouldn’t let me go for three!”

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

The 1974-75 Stanley Cup finals were noteworthy for two main reasons:  1) The Philadelphia Flyers repeated as Stanley Cup champions, and 2) It was the first Stanley Cup which contained two teams that were not in the league prior to the 1967-68 NHL expansion, which at the time doubled the size of the league.

Hockey Hall of Famer Dave Keon had an 18-year NHL career, fifteen with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and three seasons with the Hartford Whalers.  In an era where scores of players spent well in excess of 100 minutes per season in the penalty box, Keon amassed a mere 117 penalty minutes IN HIS CAREER – an average of 0.09 minutes per game.

That’s it for now.  Thanks for reading.