Sept. 22, 1993 - 46 year-old Nolan Ryan pitched his last game

Nolan Ryan's very durable arm finally gave out in Seattle on September 22, 1993, when he tore a ligament, ending his career two starts earlier than planned. Briefly attempting to pitch past the injury, Ryan threw one further pitch after tearing his ligament; with his injured arm, his final pitch was measured at 98 miles per hour.

Ryan’s last start was his career worst; he allowed a single, four walks, and a grand slam in the top of the first without recording an out. It was his record setting 10th grand slam given up of his career. (Ryan left trailing 5–0, and the fourth walk was completed by a reliever after Ryan’s injury, but credited to Ryan.) Greg Myers of the California Angels was the last strikeout victim of Nolan Ryan’s career, on September 17, 1993.

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"Always persevere, always have a great perspective, and always have great purpose in your life." - Russell Wilson

Always.

"Every game I’ve ever played, regardless if it was pre-season or Super Bowl, meant the same to me, and I laid it all on the line." - Brett Favre

110%

Sept. 20, 2009 - Brett Favre set an NFL record with his 271st straight start

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Since first being named the starter of the Green Bay Packers before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 27, 1992, Brett Favre had never missed a game spanning over 18 1⁄2 consecutive seasons. He holds the record for the most consecutive starts by any player in the NFL with 297 (321 including playoffs), and is one of only seven quarterbacks to have started over 100 consecutive games in NFL history. He failed to finish a game due to injury on only eight occasions since taking control of the Packers as quarterback.

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"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives." - Jackie Robinson

Touch peoples lives positively.

Sept. 19, 1947 - Jackie Robinson became the first player to win Rookie of the Year

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A 28-year old in only his third professional season, Jackie Robinson played first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, a position he had never played before. He finished the season having played in 151 games for the Dodgers, with a batting average of .297, an on-base percentage of .383, and a .427 slugging percentage. He had 175 hits (scoring 125 runs) including 31 doubles, 5 triples, 12 home runs, driving in 48 runs for the year. Robinson led the league in sacrifice hits, with 28, and in stolen bases, with 29. His cumulative performance earned him the inaugural Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year Award (separate National and American League Rookie of the Year honors were not awarded until 1949). The rookie of the year award was renamed the Jackie Robinson Award in July 1987.

"Everybody kind of perceives me as being angry. It’s not anger, it’s motivation." - Roger Clemens

Roger that.

Sept. 18, 1996 - Roger Clemens struck out 20 batters, tying his own record set 10 years earlier

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Roger Clemens started the game out strong striking out fifteen Detroit Tigers in the first six innings, Clemens played on the aggressiveness of the Detroit batters, throwing seemingly hittable fastballs by their bats and fooling them with hard sliders in the dirt. Going into the ninth inning, Clemens was unaware that he had already racked up19 strikeouts and was just one away from tying his own record. The first Detroit batter, Alan Trammell, hit an easy pop fly for the first out. The second, Ruben Sierra, singled before Tony Clark, who had already struck out three times, hit another fly ball for the second out. Travis Fryman then struck out swinging to become Clemens’ 20th victim. With the 4-0 win, Clemens also tied his team’s record for most shutouts by a pitcher (38) and most wins (192), both of which were set by legendary Sox pitcher Cy Young in 1911.

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"Why waltz with a guy for 10 rounds if you can knock him out in one?" - Rocky Marciano

The Brockton Blockbuster.

Sept. 17, 1954 - Rocky Marciano knocked out Ezzard Charles to move his record to 47-0 and retain the heavyweight title

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Rocky Marciano fought consecutive bouts against former World Heavyweight Champion and light heavyweight legend Ezzard Charles, who became the only man to ever last fifteen rounds against Marciano. Marciano won the first fight on points and the second by an eighth-round knockout, moving his record to 47-0.

Marciano’s professional boxing career went from September 23, 1952, to April 27, 1956. He is the only person to hold the heavyweight title and go untied and undefeated throughout his career. Marciano defended his title six times, against Jersey Joe Walcott, Roland LaStarza, Ezzard Charles (twice), Don Cockell, and Archie Moore.

"By the time you know what to do, you’re too old to do it." - Ted Williams

Ain’t that a bitch.

Sept. 16, 1973 - O. J. Simpson became the first player in NFL to rush for 250 yards in one game

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This was the greatest rushing performance on opening weekend history. Dating back to 1933, no back has ever turned in a better kickoff-weekend effort than Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson. The Buffalo Bills former bruiser burned the New England Patriots for 250 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries in a brilliant Week 1 showing. Simpson scored on an 80-yard run in the first quarter and a 22-yard run in the third quarter.

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"I’m going to show you how great I am." - Muhammad Ali

The Greatest.

Sept. 15, 1978 - Ali defeated Spinks to become first boxer to win the heavyweight title three times

Leon Spinks made history on February 15, 1978, by beating Muhammad Ali on a 15-round decision in Las Vegas. Spinks won the world heavyweight title in his professional eighth fight, the shortest time in its history. Having sparred less than two dozen rounds in preparation for the fight, and coming in seriously out of shape by the opening bell, the aging Ali had expected an easy and lost the title by unanimous decision. It was one of the few occasions when Ali left the ring with a bruised and puffy face. Spinks’ victory over Ali was the peak of his career. He was the only man to take a title from Muhammad Ali in the ring. Ali’s other losses were non-title contests or bouts where Ali was the challenger.

A rematch followed shortly thereafter in New Orleans, which broke attendance records. Ali won a unanimous decision in an uninspiring fight, making him the first heavyweight champion to win the belt three times. Following his victory, Ali retired from boxing, only to make a brief comeback two years later. Ali, who once claimed he could “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee,” left the sport permanently in 1981.

"If your team is going to win, you need to play better than the other quarterback." - Peyton Manning

Simply the best.

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