Monthly Archives: February 2014

500 goals for Stan Mikita

On February 27, 1977, Chicago Blackhawks center Stan Mikita scored his 500th goal in a 4-3 home loss to the Vancouver Canucks with 14,500 fans watching and six minutes left in the third period. Cesare Maniago was the goalie for the Canucks when Mikita got the puck in the net. He scored 41 more goals before his […]

A place where Comedy and Sports Collide

On February 25, 1991, Canadian born comedian John Candy teamed up with Los Angeles Kings owner Bruce McNall and hockey legend Wayne Gretzky as they purchased the Toronto Argonauts, a team in the Canadian Football League. The Argonauts had their share of team leaders. Mike ‘Pinball’ Clemons has since taken an office job with the Argos. Matt Dunigan, who […]

Lou Gehrig as Tarzan

On February 24, 1937, New York Yankee superstar Lou Gehrig did a screen test to play the role of Tarzan in the movies. High school and college athletics prevented Gehrig from getting a chance to try other activities. Since he had a little free time, he figured, why not. He could face the cameras and […]

Country music+baseball=Garth Brooks!

On February 23,  1999, country music star, Garth Brooks, had a life long dream brought to life as he stepped onto the field with the San Diego Padres to play professional baseball for a day. Brooks did not decide to play professional baseball  for the publicity or for money. He did it to raise money for […]

There can be Miracles

MaOn February 22, 1980, the United States hockey team came out on top of one of the biggest upsets in sports when they beat the Soviets 4-3 at the Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York. The major turning point in the game was when USSR goalie Vladislav Tretiak gave up a rebound, allowing Mark Johnson […]

The Tim Horton crash

On February 21, 1974,  Tim Horton died after getting in a car crash at the age of 44. He was the namesake of the popular fast food chain and a participant in the National Hockey League. The crash occurred near St. Catharines, Ontario. Horton was on his way home to Buffalo from a game against the Toronto […]

1,000 points for Rod Gilbert

On February 19, 1977, New York Ranger’s right wing Rod Gilbert scored his 1,000th career point in a 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders. Gilbert’s first full season with the Rangers was 1962-63. He was 21. The team held onto him for his entire 18 season career. His retirement was 19 games into the 1977-78 season. […]