On This Day In Sports History…

  • 1858: First US billiards championship, won by Michael J Phelan
  • 1877: Catcher’s mask first used in a baseball game
  • 1896: Stamasia Portrisi is first ever woman to win a marathon
  • 1931: Joe McCarthy debuts as NY Yankees manager
  • 1938: Chicago Blackhawks beat Toronto Maple Leafs in the Stanley Cup Final (only team to win Cup with losing regular season record)
  • 1940: NFL cuts clipping penalty from 25 yards to 15 yards