Thursday, December 13, 2012

THIS DAY IN SPORT: 13th Day of December...

1936 - The Redskins played their last game in Boston. The next season the Redskins began playing in Washington, DC.

1949 - The American League rejected a revival of the spitball, which had been outlawed since 1920.

1956 - Jackie Robinson (Los Angeles Dodgers) was traded to the Giants for pitcher Dick Littlefield and $35,000. Robinson retired instead of accepting the trade.

1998 - Marshall Faulk set a new Colts record for total yards from scrimmage in a season with 2,090. The record had been held by Eric Dickerson with 2,036.

2001 - Michael Frank Goodwin was arrested and booked on two counts of murder, one count of conspiracy and three special circumstances (lying in wait, murder for financial gain and multiple murder) in connection to the death of Mickey Thompson. Thompson and his wife Trudy were shot to death in their driveway on March 16, 1988. Thompson, known as the "Speed King," set nearly 500 auto speed endurance records including being the first person to travel more than 400 mph on land.

2004 - AC Milan and Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko was named the European Footballer of the Year.  

2006 - Lamar Hunt, the owner and founder of the Kansas City Chiefs who was credited with putting the name "Super Bowl" on the NFL's championship game, passed away. He was 74.

2008 - The Cleveland Indians signed pitcher Kerry Wood to a two-year contract worth a reported $20 million.  

2008 - The Philadelphia 76ers fired basketball coach Maurice Cheeks.  

2008 - Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford won the Heisman Trophy.

2010 - Minnesota QB Brett Favre was inactive for the New York Giants' 21-3 victory over the Vikings at Ford Field, ending his NFL-record regular-season consecutive start streak at 297.  

2010 - The University of Louisiana named Mark Hudspeth its new head football coach.  

2010 - Northern Illinois named Dave Doeren its new head football coach.  

2011 - Colorado State named Jim McElwain its new head football coach.

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