Apr. 22, 1970 - Tom Seaver strikes out 19 including MLB record 10 batters in a row

Tom Seaver of the New York Mets set a major league record by striking out the final 10 batters of the game in a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres at Shea Stadium. Al Ferrara, who had homered in the second inning for the Padres’ run, was the final strikeout victim of the game. In addition to his 10 consecutive strikeouts, Seaver tied Steve Carlton's major league record with 19 strikeouts in a nine-inning game. The record was later eclipsed by 20-strikeout games by Kerry Wood, Randy Johnson, and twice by Roger Clemens.

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"You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going because you might not get there." - Yogi Berra

Words of the wise.

Mar. 5, 1985 - Mike Bossy became the first NHL player to score 50 goals in eight consecutive seasons

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Montreal native, Mike Bossy played for the New York Islanders for his entire career and was a crucial part of their four-year reign as Stanley Cup champions in the early 1980s. Among many other remarkable achievements, he was the only player in NHL history to score consecutive Stanley Cup winning goals, in 1982 and 1983, the only player to record four game-winning goals in one series (1983 Conference Final), is the NHL all-time leader in average goals per regular season game, and one of only five players to score 50 goals in 50 games.

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"Find something you love, and go after it, with all of your heart." - Jim Abbott

Give it your all.

Feb. 17, 1943 - Joe DiMaggio enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces

In Joe DiMaggio's storied baseball career, he won nine World Series championships and three American League MVP awards, was an All Star center fielder 13 times and had a record 56-straight games with a hit. A New York Yankee for the duration of his career, DiMaggio did have a hiatus between the end of the 1942 season and the start of the 1946 season when he served in the military. While stationed in California, Hawaii and New Jersey as a physical education instructor, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant. He was released on medical discharge in September 1945, due to chronic stomach ulcers.

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Feb. 7, 1949 - Joe DiMaggio is the first MLB player to break $100,000 in earnings

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Joe DiMaggio signed a record contract with the New York Yankees worth $100,000 ($70,000 plus bonuses), making it the first six-figure contract in baseball history.

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Jan. 7, 1927 - The Harlem Globetrotters play their first game

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The Globetrotters were the creation of Abe Saperstein of Chicago, who took over coaching duties for a team of African-American players originally known as the Savoy Big Five (after the famous Chicago ballroom where they played their early games). At a time when only whites were allowed to play on professional basketball teams, Saperstein decided to promote his new team’s racial makeup by naming them after Harlem, the famous African-American neighborhood of New York City. The son of a tailor, Saperstein sewed their red, white and blue uniforms (emblazoned with the words “New York”) himself.

The Globetrotters basketball team traveled 48 miles west from Chicago to play their first game in Hinckley, Illinois. The game was played in front of about 300 people and the lineup in that first game, for which the Globetrotters were paid $75, was Walter “Toots” Wright, Byron “Fat” Long, Willis “Kid” Oliver, Andy Washington and Al “Runt” Pullins.

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Jan. 2, 1965 - NY Jets sign Joe Namath for $427,000, richest NFL rookie contract

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Joe Namath was a big time quarterback out of Alabama and his looks and style quickly earned him the nickname Broadway Joe. Namath, of the New York Jets, was the American Football League Rookie of the year in 1965 and became the first professional quarterback to pass for 4,000 yards in a season (1967) when he threw for 4,007 yards in a 14-game season.

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"My office is at Yankee stadium. Yes, dreams do come true." - Derek Jeter

"You can observe a lot by just watching." - Yogi Berra

Dec. 24, 1967 - Joe Namath became the first quarterback to pass for 4,000 yards

The New York Jets finished the 1967 season against the Chargers at San Diego Stadium on December 24, winning 42-31. Joe Namath completed 18 of 26 passes for 343 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. With his second consecutive 300-yard passing game (he threw for 370 yards in a loss at Oakland the previous week), he finished the year with 4007 yards.

While his career statistics are not exceptional (e.g.: Career passing percentage 50.1, QB rating 65.5, 50 more interceptions than TD’s), Namath was the game’s first true media superstar, and also the first quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards during the 14-game 1967 season. Nobody achieved this feat again until Dan Fouts in 1979, a year after the NFL adopted a 16-game season format and enacted new rules that gave more protection to quarterbacks and wide receivers. Namath’s style of play in the years before his knees limited his mobility helped evolve the quarterback position in the NFL, and also initiated a gradual change in the typical style of an NFL offense from a run-oriented ball control game to a more open passing style. Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh stated that Namath was “the most beautiful, accurate, stylish passer with the quickest release [he’d] ever seen.” Hall of Fame coach Don Shula stated that Namath was “one of the three smartest quarterbacks of all time.”

"If it wasn’t for baseball, I’d be in either the penitentiary or the cemetery." - Babe Ruth

"In any group, you’ve got those who love you, those who hate you and those who are undecided. The key to leadership is to keep the ones who hate you away from those who are undecided." - Casey Stengel

Dec. 7, 1939 - Lou Gehrig was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Lou Gehrig was the first player to have the rule waived that required a player to be retired one year before he could be elected. At age 36, he was the second youngest player to be so honored (behind Sandy Koufax). He never had a formal induction ceremony. On July 28, 2013, he and eleven other deceased players including Rogers Hornsby received a special tribute during the Induction Ceremony, held during “Hall of Fame Induction Weekend”, July 26–29 in Cooperstown, New York.

Did You Know:
Gehrig was the first baseball player to have his uniform number retired?

"Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true." - Yogi Berra

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