Russell Westbrook during the 2016-17 season (Getty Images)
After eight seasons playing alongside NBA All-Star Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook had the Oklahoma City Thunder all to his own in the 2016-17 NBA Season. Everyone knew how incredibly athletic and skilled Westbrook was but I don’t know if any body would predict this season he would achieve all he did this season.
The most important stat for Russell Westbrook during the 2016-17 NBA Season are his 42 triple-doubles. Yeah that’s right, he had a triple-double in more than half of his teams regular season games. During the course of the season there was much doubt as to whether he could break the record of 41 triple doubles.
As a fan it seemed as almost every night he was ending a game with a triple-double. This was one of the best regular season performances by any player in NBA history.
Russell Westbrook’s historic achievement was made on April 9, 2017 in Denver Colorado against the Nuggets. In this game where he had his 42 triple-double of the season he did it in style by scoring 50 points. He moved ahead of NBA Legend Oscar Robertson that night who held the previous record of 41 triple-doubles in a single season.
He finished the season with an average of 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 10.4 assists. It’s insane to thing about the fact he averaged a triple-double per game. At 28 years old he still has many more great years ahead of him and who know how many other records he will break before his career is over.
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Stephen Curry celebrates during the Warriors/Thunder game on February 27, 2016. (Getty Images)
On February 27, 2016 in a game between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder Stephen Curry made history yet again. Curry broke his own single season record for three-pointers made which was 286 by hitting 12 shots from beyond the arch to bring his season total to 288. In what many are calling the game of the season the Warriors were able to leave Oklahoma City with a 121-118 overtime victory in large part to Curry’s incredible play. Curry scored 46 points in this contest and his 12 three-pointers tied the single game record.
Stephen Curry became the record holder for this statistical category during the 2012-13 season when he broke Ray Allen’s record of 269, Curry made 272 that season. He would break his own record two seasons later by making 286 three-point buckets during the 2014-15 season. This accomplishment of breaking the record again is even more amazing when you consider that fact there are about two more months left in the season. It will be exciting to see where this new record will end up and AmericanSportsHistory.com will keep you updated as the season comes to a close in April.
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On this day in 1988 Wrigley Field finally joined the 20th Century. The great American ballpark that is Wrigley finally hosted a night game under the lights. Wrigley Field was opened on April 23, 1914 under the name of Weeghman Park. The ballpark underwent many changes through the years but the most important was installing lights. A total of 5,687 consecutive day games where played there before they held a night game.
The Philadelphia Phillies were the Cubs opponents on this night. The game had a scheduled start time of 7:05pm. A pregame ceremony took place prior to the game in which a long time Cubs fan was able to hit a button to turn on the lights. The interesting not about this game it was never an official game. The game was halted in the fourth inning because of rain at 8:14pm. The game was officially called off at 10:25pm.
The first full game under the light would take place the following night on August 9, 1988. The Cubs defeated the New York Mets in that contest by a score of 6-4. Wrigley had a deal with the city of Chicago for many years following to only play around 20 night games a season. The reason for this was with the ballpark being located in a residential area of the city the lights would affect the local residents from sleeping at night.
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On this day in 1991, Oakland Athletics outfielder Rickey Henderson broke Lou Brock’s career stolen bases record. This historic event happened in a day game against the St Louis Cardinals in Henderson’s home stadium in Oakland, CA. Henderson stole his 939th career base breaking Brock’s previous record of 938. Immediately the game was stopped and a ceremony was performed to commemorate the record breaking moment. Henderson was given the base he stole just moments before and an address to the fans in attendance were he proclaimed “I am the greatest of all time”.
Rickey Henderson was drafted by the A’s in the 4th round of the 1976 MLB Draft. He would make his Major League debut for the A’s after about 3 years in the Minor Leagues. During his debut against the Texas Rangers on June 24th 1979 Henderson stole his very first base in the Majors. It was just a preview of what would become and incredible career.
Rickey Henderson played from 1979-2003. During his 4th season he stole a record 130 bases, it became the new record for a single season that still stands today. Henderson stole the most bases in Major League baseball 12 different seasons. He was on two World Series Championship teams the first in 1989 (Oakland A’s) and the second in 1993 (Toronto Blue Jays). One of his most outstanding achievements other than breaking career stolen bases record would have to be being named the American League MVP in 1990 while playing for the A’s.
Rickey Henderson’s amazing career came to an end on September 19th, 2003. When he hung up those blazing cleats he had stolen 1,406 bases during his career. Henderson will go down in history as the most amazing base stealer ever. His career stolen bases record is one that will be very hard to break.
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Since it inception in 1967 the Super Bowl has been the game of the year. The game that has the world watching in anticipation of the crowning of a Champion. People also looking for exciting play and the player of the game. Every Super Bowl ever played has had an Most Valuable Player (MVP) in fact in 1978 Super Bowl XII had two of them, Dallas Cowboys defensive end Harvey Martin and defensive tackle Randy White. The MVP Award is the one constant and a distinction that could be a ticket into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame.
The Super Bowl MVP Trophy (Getty Images)
When you look at the history of the Super Bowl MVP Award the numbers and details of those numbers create an interesting legacy. Forty-eight Super Bowls have been played and forty-nine players have had the honor of being named MVP of the game. Nineteen of those MVP’s are now enshrined at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH. Nine different positions have won the award at least once with the quarterback position having the most with twenty-six. Running backs (7) and wide receivers (6) fall second and third respectively on the list of positions to win the award.
Two time Super Bowl MVP Bart Starr (Getty Images)
The first ever MVP was Bart Starr who led the Green Bay Packers to victory in Super Bowl I in 1967. He would also be the first player to win the MVP more than once when he was crowned after Super Bowl II. Only five players have won the MVP Award more than once and they are all quarterbacks. San Francisco 49er legend Joe Montana holds the record with three. He is followed by Starr, Terry Bradshaw, Tom Brady and Eli Manning who have all been honored twice.
Typically the MVP goes to someone on the winning team. However in 1971 linebacker Chuck Howley who was on the losing Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl V won the game’s big honor. That is the first and only time that scenario has occurred.
The four of the last five MVP’s have been quarterbacks. The most recent MVP was Seattle Seahawks Linebacker Malcolm Smith. Who will be next? Only time will tell but we don’t have to wait much longer because we are less than four days from Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix, Aruzona. So be on the look out for the next big play because it could come from the next Super Bowl MVP.
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Klay Thompson (Getty Images)
On January 23, 2015 in Oakland, California the Golden State Warriors Guard Klay Thompson scored 37 points in a single quarter. Thompson’s record setting quarter came in the 3rd quarter of a game between the Warriors and the Sacramento Kings. He made all thirteen of his shots, nine of which were 3-pointers (also an NBA record for a single quarter) during the amazing single quarter performance. Thompson scored a career high 52 points in the game. Thompson lead his Warriors to the 126-101 victory, bringing the Warriors season record to 36 wins and 6 loses.
The previous record was set at 33 points. Both George Garvin (1978) and Carmen Anthony (2008) shared the previous record. The previous record for 3-pointers shot made in a single quarter was previously held by Michael Redd and Joe Johnson with eight.
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Many baseball fans consider the Legendary outfielder “Shoeless” Joe Jackson to be one of the greatest players ever. He had a very good career but unfortunately is most remembered as a member of the 1919 Black Sox scandal. One of the most impressive parts of his career is one that is often overlooked, the beginning.
The Legendary “Shoeless” Joe Jackson. (Getty Images)
Joe Jackson began his major league career in 1908 with the Philadelphia Athletics. He would end his time with the Athletics after the 1909 season. During his two seasons with the club he only played in ten games. With 40 total at bats he only reach base 7 times. He would start the 1910 season with the minor league New Orleans Pelicans but signed on to the Major League Cleveland Naps at the end of the season. He finished playing 20 games and had 75 at bats, 29 hits and a batting average of .387. It was clear following the 1910 season that Jackson had great potential.
Joe Jackson returned to the Naps in 1911 for his first full season in the Major Leagues. Jackson played a total of 147 games and led the Naps to 80-73 record (3rd best in the American League). Jackson had one of the greatest rookie seasons baseball has ever seen with a rookie batting average record of .408. His batting average in 1911 stands as the second best single season batting record to this day. Jackson notched 233 hits, 7 home runs and batted in 83 runs. “Shoeless” Joe showed everyone a preview of how great his career would become. He was traded from the Naps to the Chicago White Sox during the 1915 season.
Joe Jackson was banned from baseball following the 1919 Black Sox scandal that tarnished the name of baseball. When his career was finished he had a career bating average of .356, 1,772 hits, 54 home runs and 785 RBI’s. He would be in the Hall Of Fame today if not for the controversy he found himself in following the 1919 World Series. Over one hundred years after “Shoeless” Joe amazed the baseball world he legend still lives on and will be remembered forever.
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With the 1st overall pick in the 1960 the NBA’s Cincinnati Royals selected Guard Oscar Robertson. Robertson stared in college at the University Of Cincinnati. During his college days Roberston became a 3-time scoring leader and a 3-time first team All-American. When the 1960 season began he was kicking off what would become a Hall Of Fame career.
NBA Hall Of Famer Oscar Robertson. (Getty Images
On October 19, 1960 Oscar Robertson made his NBA debut in Cincinnati against the visiting Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers squad who also had a rookie who would go on to be considered one of the greats, Jerry West. Robertson’s team was victorious at home on opening night and defeated the Lakers by a score of 140-123. Robertson scored 21 points, 10 assists and had 12 rebounds in his debut as a professional.
When his rookie season was finished in March of 1961 Oscar Robertson had led his team to a fourth place finish in the NBA’s Western Division. Robertson was the leading scorer for the Royals with 2,165 points. He finished with a scoring average of 30.5 points, 10.1 rebounds and 9.7 assists. Robertson also made his first All-Star appearance in 1961 where he was named the All-Star MVP. On top of all of his accomplishments during the 1960-61 seasons was being named the Rookie Of The Year.
Eleven season after his debut Oscar Robertson would win his first and only NBA Championship with the Milwaukee Bucks during the 1970-71season. Robertson played with the Royals from 1960-1970 and finished his career with the Bucks from 1970-1974. He was elected into the Hall Of Fame in 1980.
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Nothing is more exciting in any professional sport than a playoff game. American’s have enjoyed the NFL playoffs for eight decades. Since the NFL’s inception there have been over 500 playoff games. That tradition did not start in 1920 with the league’s inception. From 1920-1923 the NFL Champion was voted by the team owners. During the 1924-1932 seasons the Championship was won by the team with the best record (win percentage) at the end of the season.
The 1932 season was the final season before a Championship Game was instituted. The final game of the ’32 season was technically a “playoff” game. The Chicago Bears (6-1-6) and the Portsmouth Spartans (6-1-4) shared the league’s best win percentage of .857. To settle the tie an addition game was played between the two teams. The Bears were victorious in that final contest by a score of 9-0 over the Spartans. This game was recorded as a regular season game in the record books for both teams.
At the conclusion of the the 1932 season the NFL decided that a Championship game would take place at the end of every season. The two teams holding the best record in their division (Eastern and Western) would face each other to determine a champion. Thus began what we now know as the NFL Playoffs.
The 1933 NFL Championship Game played at Wrigley Field in Chicago. (Getty)
On December 17,1933 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL the first NFL Championship Game took place. The Western Division’s Chicago Bears (10-2-1) went to battle with the Eastern Division’s New York Giants (11-3). This game featured two of the NFL’s all-time greats, Red Grange and Bronco Nagurski both playing for the Bears.
The Bears drew first blood with a Jack Manders 16-yard field goal in the 1st quarter. In the 2nd quarter the Bears would receive another field goal from Manders, while the Giants QB Harry Newman threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Red Badgro. The Giants led 7-6 going into halftime.
When the second half began the Bears would retake the lead with another Manders field goal. The Giants quickly responded with a 1-yard touchdown run by Max Krause, the Giants now held the lead by a score of 14-09. The Bears scored their first touchdown of the game Bronco Nagurski touchdown pass to Bill Karr before the 3rd quarter concluded.
The 4th and final quarter began with the Bears holding a 16-14 lead over the Giants. The lead would change early in the final quarter when the Giants QB Harry Newman completed his second touchdown pass for the day to Ken Strong to take a 21-16 lead. The Bears came through in the final two minutes to take the lead and the win with a Bill Karr 19-yard touchdown reception. The Bears defeated the Giants 23-21 on that day. The Bears became the first NFL team to capture a championship via a “playoff” game.
Many people debated whether the first NFL game was in 1932, 1933 of 1967. The 1932 game was not officially scored as a “playoff” game while the 1933 game was. The semifinal playoff games did not begin until the 1967 season so some consider it to be the first season with a playoff. I feel that the 1933 game was a playoff game and has even officially been regarded as that by the NFL. With that being said, the first ever NFL Championship game was the first playoff game ever.
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When football fans think of the greatest running backs of all time a few names usually come up. Names like Walter Payton, Emmitt Smith, Gale Sayers. There is a player some would consider greater than those previously named, Jim Brown.
The legendary Jim Brown. (Getty Images)
Jim Brown was taken by the Cleveland Browns with the 6th overall pick in the 1957 NFL Draft. Brown was a first-team All American at Syracuse University. His senior season at the school was the most impressive. During the 1956 College Football season Brown ran for 986 yards and scored 14 touchdowns in only eight games that season.
Jim Brown’s pro career would mirror the success of his college days. When he came to Cleveland the Browns had yet to find an incredible running back since Hall Of Fame running back Marion Motley quit the team in 1954. During his rookie season Brown ran for 942 yards and had 9 touchdowns. Brown really turned it up a notch in his second season in 1958, rushing for 1527 yards with 17 touchdowns.
This amazing running back went on to seven seasons with 1,000-yards or more during his nine year career. His highest rushing yardage season came in 1963 when he ran for 1,863- yards. Brown’s 1963 season became the running back record for most rushing yards in a single season. The record stood until 1973 when O.J. Simpson ran for 2,003-yards.
Jim Brown’s final season came in 1965. His final game was on January 2, 1965 in the NFL Championship game against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, WI. Brown ran for 50-yards, caught 3 passes for 44-yards but scored no touchdowns. The Packers defeated the Cleveland Browns by a score of 23-12.
During his final campaign Brown ran for 1,544 yards and once again recorded 17 touchdowns on the ground. Brown would decide to leave football following 1965 season to pursue an acting career. Many around football could not believe he would leave the NFL while still proving to be one of the best players in the game. At the age of 29 Jim Brown was retired from football and would never play again in the NFL.
His nine season career still stands out as one of the best in NFL History. Jim Brown amassed 12,312 yards (An NFL record not broken until 1984 by Walter Payton) while rushing for 80 touchdowns and caught 20 touchdown passes. Brown led the league in rushing for eight of his nine seasons and was selected as a Pro Bowler in every season he played in the NFL. In 1971 Jim Brown was inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame.
When going back through the records and accomplishments during his playing days it is hard to deny that Jim Brown is one of the greatest players of all time. He may no lomger hold any of the amazing records he set during his career but they are still impressive 49 years after he retired. He was a bruising power back the likes we have never seen since and may never see again. Jim Brown truly left the game of football while still on top.
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