Did you know? Casey Stengel hit the first home run out of Brooklyn's Ebbets Field Stadium on April 26, 1913. In total, Stengel was a player, manager, and coach on 18 professional teams. Known for his interesting use of words, Casey's language was referred to as Stengelese. Some examples of this are "butcher boy" (a chopped ground ball), "enbalmed" (sleeping), "plumber" (a good fielder) and "worm killers" (low balls.)
On March 21, 1964 the UCLA Bruins won their first of 10 NCAA Championships. Coached by John Wooden, the Bruins defeated Duke 98-83 in the national title game. UCLA ended their undefeated season 30-0.
On March 20, 1965, the UCLA Bruins won their second consecutive NCAA Basketball title by defeating the University of Michigan.
The 1964 - 65 Bruins were coached by "the man, the myth, the legend", John Wooden. On the floor they were led by 6' 1" guard and UCLA native Gail Goodrich. The team finished the season with a 28 - 2 record. They faced BYU in their first game of the tournament defeating them 100 - 76. Next up was San Francisco, who fell to the Bruins 101 - 93.
As the Final Four began the four teams left standing were UCLA, Princeton, Wichita State and Michigan. In the semifinal game the Bruins faced Wichita State, beating them rather easily, 108 - 89. In the finals the Bruins were set to face the #1 Wolverines of Michigan. The Sons of Westwood led throughout the game with a halftime lead of 47 - 34. At the final buzzer the score was 91 - 80. Goodrich led the way with 42 points while the Wolverines were led by Cazzie Russell, who finished with 28.
Georgetown and Syracuse meet tonight in the Big East Tournament, for the last time. No doubt that it's going to be good.
Check out this rivalry history that the Washignton Post put together.
We are going to miss this.
On March 14, 1972 the NBA Cincinnati Royals annouced they are moving to Kansas City, Missouri. Since Kansas City already had the Royals baseball team, they were renamed Kansas City Kings. The team split games between Kansas City and Omaha, Nebraska.