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TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

February 8, 2013
Richmond High School



February 8
1941 Whirlaway began his three-year-old season with a win in a six furlong allowance race at Hialeah.
1956 Longtime baseball owner and manager Connie Mack died at the age of 93.
1972 Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn announced the Special Committee on the Negro Leagues selected Buck Leonard and Josh Gibson to the Hall of Fame.
1986 Hawks guard Spud Webb, despite being only 5'7", won the NBA's slam dunk contest at the NBA All-Star weekend in Dallas.
1991 White Ruffles, driven by Jack Moiseyev, won the first of her two consecutive Cape & Cutter finals in a stakes-record 1:54 at The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
1997 Scotty Bowman became the first NHL coach to win 1,000 regular season games when the Detroit Red Wings beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-5.
1997 Mike Gartner of the Phoenix Coyotes became only the sixth player in NHL history to compile 600 career assists and 600 goals when he got two assists in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars.
1998 Beating the flu, Michael Jordan registered 23 points, handed out eight assists and pulled down six rebounds to propel the East All Stars past the West, 135-114.
2000 Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas died from apparent complications after a January 23rd automobile accident that killed one passenger and left him paralyzed from the chest down. Thomas was 33 years old.
2002 The 19th Winter Olympics officially began with lighting of the cauldron in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 1980 US Hockey Team had the honor of lighting the flame, led by former Captain Mike Eruzione.
2003 The NBA switched the first-round of the playoffs from a best-of-5 to a best-of-7 format beginning this year.
2004 The NFC beat the AFC in the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, 55-52. The 107 points were the most scored in Pro Bowl history. St. Louis QB Marc Bulger threw for four touchdown passes and was named the MVP.
2004 The Eastern Conference beat the Western Conference, 6-4, in the NHL All-Star game in St. Paul, Minneapolis. Colorado's Joe Sakic scored three goals in a losing cause, but was named the MVP.
2004 Greg Biffle took the pole position for Daytona 500.
2005 The WNBA added a new franchise in Chicago.
2006 Idaho named Dennis Erickson its new college football coach.
2007 The Dallas Cowboys named Wade Phillips their new head coach.
2008 The Seattle Mariners acquired pitcher Erik Bedard from the Baltimore Orioles for five players.
2008 LSU fired head basketball coach John Brady.
2009 Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald caught two touchdowns, including the game-winning score late in the fourth quarter, as the NFC upended the AFC, 30-21, in the Pro Bowl.
2009 The Philadelphia Phillies signed first baseman Ryan Howard to a three-year contract worth $54 million.
2010 Barry Almeida picked up the game-winning goal early in the third period, as Boston College held off a late Boston University rally to post a 4-3 victory in the championship game of the 58th annual Beanpot from TD Garden.
2012 Memphis will join the Big East Conference in all sports beginning in the 2013-14 season.
2012 Air Force fired basketball coach Jeff Reynolds. Dave Pilipovich was was named their new head coach.

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