January 4, 2001
In Washington, DC playing for his new team, The Washington Wizards, against his “real team”, the Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan brought his career points total up to and beyond 30,000. Jordan was the fourth player to have reached that plateau, and at the time,he was the youngest. (On December 5, Kobe Bryant scored his 30,000th point and replaced Jordan as the youngest player to have scored 30,000 points.)
Jordan, bothered by a sinus infection, scored only 4 points in the second half and was way off the mark as the Bulls rallied several times in the fourth quarter…
Jordan, who scored 51 and 45 in his two previous games, made 9 of 24 shots, 11 of 13 free throws and had seven rebounds and three assists in 38 minutes. He also become the fourth player in NBA history to score 30,000 points, but the victory achieved a personal goal greater than his individual stats. Pittsburgh Post Gazette/AP. Read more
The NBA’s 30,000 point club is now comprised of five players.
1. Kareem Abdul Jabbar 38387
2. Karl Malone 36,928
3. Michael Jordan 32,292
4. Wilt Chamberlain 31,419
5. Kobe Bryant 30,423 (as of January 1, 2013)
Texas led 16-10 at halftime.
Having beaten Michigan in the 2005 Rose Bowl, The Texas Longhorns, led by All American quarterback, Vince Young, returned to Pasadena for the 2006 game on January 4.
The venue for the ’06 game might have been the same, but the circumstances had changed dramatically. Instead of facing a 9-2 Michigan, the ‘Horns were matched against a #1 ranked, unbeaten USC team. The Trojans were 12-0 going into the Rose Bowl, and were trying to extend their 34 game winning streak. They were also going for their third consecutive national championship.
Trailing at the half was not an unfamiliar situation for the Trojans. Four times during the ’05 season they were behind at half time, only to come back and take the lead in the third quarter.
They did it again against Texas when LenDale White capped off a 62 yard Trojan drive with a 3 yard touchdown run, giving USC a 17-16 lead at 10:36 in the third.
USC 17-16, 10:36 3rd quarter
The lead was short lived. At 8:34, Young ran the ball in from 14 yards to give Texas a 23-17 lead. The lead changed once more at 4:07 when White scored again, this time on a 12 yard run. At the end of three quarters USC lead 24-23.
At the Start of the 4th quarter USC 24, Texas 23
Texas missed an opportunity to take back the lead when David Pino missed a 31 yard field goal attempt. The Trojans took possession on their own 20 yard line. 10 plays later, Reggie Bush ran in a touchdown from the Texas 26 yard line. USC now led 31-23 with 11:19 left in the game.
USC 31-23, 11:19 4th quarter
At 8:46 Pino kicked a 34 yard field goal, cutting the Trojan lead to 5. USC took possession on their own 19 yard line. On 2nd and 8, Leinart completed a 33 yard pass to David Kirtman, and another 15 yards got tacked on when Texas was called for roughing the passer. On the next play White ran for 9 yards, and then Leinart threw a 22 yard touchdown pass to Dwayne Jarret. The score was USC 38, Texas 26, with 6:42 remaining.
USC 38-26 6:42 4th quarter
Young went back to work. Starting at his own 38, he completed five passes and ran once for 9 yards. On 2nd and 4 he rushed 17 yards for another touchdown. The score was 38-33.
USC 38-33 4:03 4th quarter
USC started another drive from their own 34. On 4th and 2 at the Texas 45, USC moved the ball one yard; not enough for a first down. Texas took over, trailing by 5, from their own 44.
On every one of the next 10 plays, Young either ran the ball or passed it. With 19 seconds left in the game he rushed 8 yards for a touchdown. Then he ran the ball in for a 2-point conversion.
After the kickoff Leinart threw a 26-yard pass to Bush. 8 seconds remained. USC had the ball at the Texas 44. Leinart tried to throw a sideline pass to Jarrett, hoping to get better position for his field goal kicker, but Jarrett couldn’t hold on. The USC streak was over and Texas had won their second straight Rose Bowl and their fourth National Title.
Texas Wins Championship, Beats USC, Takes 2nd Consecutive Rose Bowl 41-38
The Yankees have been sold to Mike Burke and George Steinbrenner III and 10 owners to be named later.
At a press conference yesterday in Yankee Stadium, Michael Burke presiding, it was announced that the CBS eye has had it. After nine years, the network is bowing out of the baseball business for $10 million, or $3.2 million less than CBS paid for the club.
NY Daily News, read more
The Columbia Broadcasting System System said yesterday that it was selling the New York Yankees to a 12-man syndicate headed by Michael Burke, now president of the team, and George M. Steinbrenner 3rd of Cleveland. The price is $10-million in cash, which is $3.2 million less than what C.B.S paid for the franchise in 1964 the last year The Yankees won the American League pennant.
NY Times, read more
What are the Yankees worth now?
Estimates for the the value of the Yankees range anywhere from $1.8 billion to $4 billion. So if you take the $10 million that the Steinbrenner group paid for the team in 1973, and adjust it for inflation, at most you come up with $60 million. Say what you like about Steinbrenner, he knew a bargain when he saw one, and more importantly, he managed his investment brilliantly.
January 3, 1920, Announcement – – Babe Ruth Sold to Yankees by Red Sox for $125,000.
In 1919 Babe Ruth smashed the major league home run record, hitting 29 round-trippers. He broke the record held by Gavvy Cravath, who hit 24 for the Phillies in 1915. Before Ruth hit his 29 homers in 1919, the American League record was only 12.
From The NY Times Babe Ruth of the Boston Red Sox, baseball’s super slugger, was purchased by the Yankees yesterday for the largest cash sum ever paid for a player. The New York club paid Harry Frazee of Boston $125,000 for the sensational batsman who last season caused such a furore in the national game by batting out twenty-nine home runs, a new record in long distance clouting.
From the Miami NewsThe most popular indoor sport in New York today was guessing how much the New York Americans (Yankees) paid for George (Babe) Ruth, the home run monarch. The nearest approach to anything of an official nature was the smiling admission of Col. Jacob Ruppert, the Yankees president, that he understood that an offer of $100,000 for Ruth was refused by Harry Frazee, of the Boston Club. Read more
Popularly held myth that Red Sox Owner Harry Frazee used the Money from the Sale of Babe Ruth to finance the Broadway Musical, “No No Nanette”, is debunked
From Americanpopularculture.com In 1917, Broadway producer Harry Frazee bought the Red Sox. On January 3, 1920, he made baseball’s most notorious swap, sending the Babe to the Yankees for $100,000 in cash and a $300,000 loan. This move started the alleged “Curse of the Bambino,” a spell supposedly responsible for the sequence of calamities since then. Legend has it that he made the deal to finance the hit show No, No Nanette.
Not true. At the time of the Ruth trade. the show’s author, Vincent Youmans, was an unknown rehearsal pianist, and the musical had not been written. No, No Nanette first appeared on Broadway more than five years after the trade, and the two had no direct connection.
The Curse of the Bambino is Also a Myth
The “Curse” rose to prominence back in 1990, when Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy penned a historical book about the Red Sox. Looking for a way to spruce up 70 years of rehashed stories, Shaughnessy borrowed a Scituate preacher’s theory that the Red Sox had been haunted ever since they sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees in 1920. It was a cute, efficient way to weave together every Sox-related heartbreak over the past eight decades. It also placed Shaughnessy on the map, made him a best-selling author and put his kids through college (to steal a line from local radio personality Gerry Callahan).
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Babe Ruth’s Jersey Sells in 2012 For 40 Times What Babe Sold For
A New York Yankees road jersey worn by the Sultan of Swat in the 1920s sold for a whopping $4.4 million, setting a world record for any sports memorabilia item.
California-based SCP Auctions handled the sale of George Herman “Babe” Ruth’s jersey, which officially came in at $4,415,658.
A New York Yankees road jersey worn by the Sultan of Swat in the 1920s sold for a whopping $4.4 million, setting a world record for any sports memorabilia item. California-based SCP Auctions handled the sale of George Herman “Babe” Ruth’s jersey, which officially came in at $4,415,658.
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Joe Namath’s spectacular run with the University of Alabama ended, on New Years Day, 1965. It ended with a heart breaking loss to the Texas Longhorns, in the Orange Bowl. However, any sadness Namath might have felt about his unsuccessful late-in-the-game quarterback sneak attempt; one that might have propelled the Crimson Tide to victory, lasted less only until the following morning.
Less than twenty-four hours after failing to win the Orange Bowl, still in Miami, Namath was all smiles as he appeared before what The New York Times described as “a Hollywood setting of grinding lights and high powered cameras”. There, New York Jets owner Sonny Werblin announced that Namath had signed a contract to play for the Jets.
Werblin said “We don’t care to divulge the figures, but I believe it is the largest amount ever given to an athlete for professional services.” The Times then noted that “it was reliably reported that the magic figure was $400,000, give or take a few thousand.”
Trailing 49-0, Stanford Captain Asks for Game to Be Halted with 8 Minutes Remaining
Michigan Completes Season Undefeated, Untied, and Un-Scored-Upon
Rose Parade Organizers Won’t Stage Another Football Game Until 1916
“In New York, people are buried in snow,” announced Professor Charles F. Holder at a Club meeting. “Here our flowers are blooming and our oranges are about to bear. Let’s hold a festival to tell the world about our paradise.”
In the beginning it was all about the parade and the flowers. Then came the marching bands and the floats. At Tournament Park there were Polo matches, bronco busting demonstrations, tugs-of-war, foot races, greased-pig catching, even a race featuring and elephant and a camel. (won by the elephant)
In 1901 the festival organizers decided to include a football game as part of the “entertainment package”. Billing it as “The Tournament of Roses East-West Game”
They invited the Michigan Wolverines to play Stanford, Champion of the Pacific Coast Universities. A crowd of 8,000 showed up for the game even though Tournament Park was a facility that was really intended to hold about 2,500 people. Most football historians consider this to be the first Rose Bowl game.
Stanford had a 3-1-2 record and was hopelessly over matched by Michigan who was unbeaten in ten games, having outscored opponents by 501-0.None the less, Stanford put up a good fight. The game was scoreless until late in the first half when Michigan scored on a 21-yard run. At half the score was 17-0. The Wolverines piled it on in the second half. With eight minutes remaining, Stanford Captain Ralph Fisher walked over to the Michigan bench and asked if they could call it a day, and the Wolverines obliged.
Despite having made a profit of more than $3,000 on the game, the organizers decided that they had scratched the football itch. They went with a polo match in 1903, and between 1904 and 1915 they offered Ben Hur Style, Roman Chariot Races.