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March 1, 2014
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March 1
1903 The major league rules committee raised the height of the mound to a maximum of 15 inches.
1949 Team Canada beat Denmark 47-0 in hockey.
1968 Elvin Hayes of Houston was selected by the AP as the collegiate player of the year.
1969 Mickey Mantle retired after an 18-year career with the NY Yankees.
1973 Robyn Smith became the first woman jockey to win a stakes race when she rode North Sea to victory in the Paumonok Handicap at Aqueduct Race Track in New York.
1983 Tamara McKinney became the first American woman skier to win the World Cup championship.
1986 Billy Cunningham, Tom Heinsohn and Red Holzman were elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
1988 Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers became the NHL's all-time assist leader breaking the record of Gordie Howe. Gretzky registered his 1,050th assist in just his ninth NHL season and his 681st game.
1991 Pat Day, 37, became the sixth rider in history whose mounts earned $100 million when he rode Wild Sierra to a second-place finish in the first race at Oaklawn Park.
1993 Yankees owner George Steinbrenner returned to active operations after a 2 1/2-year suspension.
1993 The new NHL expansion team owned by Disney was named the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
1993 The San Jose Sharks tied the NHL record for losing 17 straight games with a 6-0 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.
1996 Atlanta Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens won his 1,000th game.
2002 Arkansas basketball Nolan Richardson had his contract bought out by the University.
2003 Roy Jones Jr. won a unanimous decision against John Ruiz to capture the WBA heavyweight crown at the Thomas & Mack Center.
2003 Legendary Mount St. Mary's head coach Jim Phelan went out a winner in his last game, as his Mountaineers notched a 60-56 victory over Central Connecticut State at Knott Arena. Phelan closed his 49-year career, all at the Mount, with 830 victories in an NCAA record 1,354 games.
2003 Lloyd Ward resigned as Chief Executive Officer of the United States Olympic Committee, ending a tumultuous 16-month tenure at the post.
2008 Duke head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski became the sixth coach in NCAA history to win 800 games.
2009 Washington Nationals general manager Jim Bowden resigned.
2011 The San Jose Sharks signed goalie Antti Niemi to a four-year contract extension worth $15.2 million.
2012 The St. Louis Cardinals re-signed catcher Yadier Molina to a five-year contract extension worth $75 million.
2012 Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek announced his retirement.
2013 The Lakers beat the Timberwolves for the 21st straight time, 116-94.

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