A week after coming back from battling cancer, Dave Dravecky shatters his arm on a pitch (1989) . . . Mickey Mantle passes away (1995) . . . Baseball opts for a split season to award playoff spots to first and second half winners, but may have to alter procedure if team finishes first in both (1981) . . . Terrell Owens sent home by Eagles after dispute with Andy Reid (2005) . . . The Bambino dies of cancer (1948) . . . Bill Romanowski gets slammed by SI (2000) . . . Trial court rules against Curt Flood in suit challenging reserve clause (1970) . . . An early article about Sports Talk Radio (1974) . . .
Patriots receiver Darryl Stingley paralyzed in hit by Jack Tatum (1978) . . . ESPN anchor Tom Mees drowns in neighbor’s pool (1996) . . . Chief Noc-A-Homa’s Teepee removed from Fulton County Stadium (1983) . . . Tiger Woods in a rut (2003) . . . 6 year old Russians go into sports full-time (1960) . . . Rod Woodson left to run track in Europe rather than sign with the Steelers (1987) . . . Masonori Murakami, first Japanese player in the majors, got a sports car from a soy sauce company (1965) . . . Steve Spurrier looking like a leader as the expansion Bucs beat the Falcons in preseason (1976) . . .
Longshot John Daly comes out of nowhere to win PGA Championship (1991) . . . McGwire, Sosa and Griffey (1998) . . . Greg Louganis dominates at the Olympics (1984) . . . Jason Priestley fractures spine in race car crash (2002) . . . Ohio State coach prefers Weed (1955) . . . Fox Network debuts broadcast of NFL games (1994) . . . FCC investigates whether sports announcers working for teams mislead public (1973) . . . Headline: “Woman’s Bare Bottom Could Cause Yanks Trouble” (1979).
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