Happy Hump Day! Beautiful Wednesday in Sports. We still do not have live sports. This is nearing a month now. Until then, we keep bringing you other things around the world of sports. Today, we discuss the happenings within sports on this date. Here is a look at April 8th, 2020:
2019 – Just a season ago. Tony Bennett and the Virginia Cavaliers took down Texas Tech in the NCAA Championship game to win the national title. This came just one season after losing in the first round and becoming the lone top seed to lose to a 16 seed.
On this date back in 2008 – Pat Summitt won her final national title as the head coach at Tennessee. This would be the second of back to back titles for the Volunteers. It was also the 8th in program history.
19 years ago – back in 2001 – Tiger Woods wins Masters for the 2nd time. The win completes “Tiger Slam” as he becomes 1st golfer to hold all 4 major titles at the same time. Tiger lost some of that dominance, but even in 2020 – Tiger continues to be a name discussed for titles in the world of golf.
1996 – The Charlotte Hornets knocked off the Chicago Bulls. The loss for the Bulls snapped their 44 game winning streak at home. That streak spanned over two seasons. It also spoiled the Bulls perfect record at home that season, as they had won 37 in a row at the United Center.
1994 – The GOAT – Michael Jordan made his professional baseball debut. He played for the Double A- Birmingham Barons and went hitless on the day. Birmingham lost this game to Chattanooga 10-3 that day.
Way back on 1975 – History was made. We love this history, and love that this happened. Frank Robinson debuts as first black baseball manager. In this game, the Indians topped the Yankees 5-3.
1974 – Hank Aaron smashed his 715th home run, breaking Babe Ruth’s record.
52 years ago – back in 1968 – Baseball’s Opening Day is postponed because of Martin Luther King’s assassination. While the circumstances are certainly different in 2020 – this is another year of PPD baseball.
Have a great Wednesday, and check back later in the week for another look at this date in sports history, brought to you by Knup Sports!