September 11, 1966–Nolan Ryan makes his major league debut, for the New York Mets, and records his first strikeout. His 5,714 career K’s leads the next nearest total (Randy Johnson) by 839.
Arnold Palmer, the champion golfer whose full-bore style of play, thrilling tournament victories and magnetic personality inspired an American golf boom, attracted a following known as Arnie’s Army and made him one of the most popular athletes in the world, died on Sunday, according to a spokesman for his business enterprises. Palmer was 87.
American shooter Ginny Thrasher won the first gold medal of the Rio Olympics, pulling off an upset in the women’s 10-meter air rifle event Saturday morning.
Thrasher, 19, beat silver medalist Du Li of China in the final round with a total of 208.0, setting an Olympic record in the finals. Du finished with 207.0.
Meanwhile, liberals like Wil Wheaton (@wilw) seem to have a problem with this.
Shut up, Wesley!
Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history who brought the women’s game into national prominence during her 38-year career at Tennessee, died Tuesday morning at the age of 64.
Summitt led the Lady Vols to eight national championships on a campus steeped in the traditions of the football-rich south until she retired in 2012.
May 6, 1954 – Roger Bannister becomes the first person to run the mile in under four minutes.
He achieved this feat on 6 May 1954 at Iffley Road track in Oxford, with Chris Chataway and Chris Brasher providing the pacing. When the announcer declared “The time was three…”, the cheers of the crowd drowned out Bannister’s exact time, which was 3 min 59.4 sec.
Bannister’s record lasted just 46 days. He had reached this record with minimal training, while practicing as a junior doctor.
Bannister went on to become a distinguished neurologist and Master of Pembroke College, Oxford, before retiring in 1993. When asked whether the 4-minute mile was his proudest achievement, he said he felt prouder of his contribution to academic medicine through research into the responses of the nervous system.
On January 25, 1924, the first Winter Olympics take off in style at Chamonix in the French Alps. Spectators were thrilled by the ski jump and bobsled as well as 12 other events involving a total of six sports. The “International Winter Sports Week,” as it was known, was a great success, and in 1928 the International Olympic Committee (IOC) officially designated the Winter Games, staged in St. Moritz, Switzerland, as the second Winter Olympics.
Winter sports, some of them weird and interesting, that we only pay attention to every four years.