August 4, 1999
In the mid-1950s, author Russ Marshall began assembling lists of "unbreakable sports records" for a book he would call "The 40 Safest American Sports Records." No. 1 on his list is Ty Cobb's lifetime batting average of .367, followed by Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak in 1941. No. 33 has to do with the success Byron Nelson had on the pro golf tour in 1945: * Nineteen consecutive rounds under 70. * Eighteen tournament wins. * Eleven consecutive tournament victories.
June 24, 2010 |
How many times have we heard, over the years, the word "unassailable" in terms of sports records? It has gotten difficult, however, to hold off on adding the qualifier "seemingly unassailable" to all but the most otherworldly records. Still there are marks surely able to survive the test of time. (Well, seemingly able to survive). Add to that list the three-day, record-setting tennis match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon, the longest by far in the sport's history, both in terms of time (11 hours 5 minutes)
July 25, 1988 |
Phyllis Hines of Tullahoma, Tenn., rode to a national cycling record Sunday in winning the U.S. National Championships' women's 40-kilometer individual time trial, beating the old record by more than 20 seconds. She covered the 24 miles in 55 minutes 26.44 seconds. The previous record was 55:46.71, held by Jane Marshall of Albuquerque, N.M., who finished third. Taking the silver medal was Jeanne Golay of Hollywood, Fla.
July 30, 1992 |
There had to be someone on this U.S. Olympic swimming team who wasn't too young or too old, too aggressive or too timid, too frightened or too lonesome. Someone who wouldn't swim, lose, explain all the reasons why it happened and why "it's not important to win a gold medal, just to swim your best." But it was getting late in the week. So U.S. men's Coach Eddie Reese looked up Mike Barrowman on Wednesday at the Olympic village. "You've been the U.S.
September 27, 1998 |
On Saturday Santa Ana Mater Dei found out what 78 previous Concord De La Salle opponents already knew. When it comes to football, the Spartans can't be beat. De La Salle, ranked No. 1 in the state and the nation, defeated Mater Dei, 28-21, before 20,781 at Edison Field. But the Monarchs did not go without a fight.
June 14, 1998 |
The 1968 Mexico City Olympics will be remembered, if at all, by the sight of two African American medal-winning athletes standing on a victory stand, bowing their heads and lifting black-gloved fists in the air in protest. Tommie Smith and John Carlos, calling attention to social inequities at home in the land of Lincoln, produced the lasting image of those Games for history. In a way, it was too bad, a regrettable way for those Games to go down in history.
November 24, 1991 |
Kansas Coach Glen Mason had tears in his eyes after Tony Sands set an NCAA record Saturday with 396 rushing yards. Sands couldn't hold his back. "It will be hard to wake up tomorrow and know that I might not see some of these guys the rest of my life," said the 5-foot-6 senior, who also scored four touchdowns as Kansas beat Missouri, 53-29, for its first winning season in 10 years. "I'd like to thank each and every one of them for making this day possible. I'm on an emotional high.
August 12, 1988 |
The biggest surprise of the Phillips 66/U.S. Swimming Long Course National Championships this week at the University of Texas Swim Center was the American record set by Mike Barrowman in an early heat of the men's 200-meter breaststroke Thursday. Barrowman was just 1 of 78 names on a heat sheet in the morning. But by the time the day's action in the U.S. Olympic swimming trials ended, he was the American record-holder and the top qualifier. "Yes, I'm surprised. I'm very surprised.
July 21, 1989 |
The mourners drifted from the unmarked lakeside grave, across the grass and back to the barn area. Brad McKinzie watched them leave as he went about the task of helping run the publicity department at Los Alamitos Race Course. From the fifth-story perch of the Los Alamitos press box, McKinzie happened to look up once more and saw a lone figure walking toward the lake. "He stood there for an hour, at least," McKinzie said. "He was just looking at the ground.
May 10, 1988 |
The magnitude of sports achievement is an oft-argued question. In fact, argument, to the average and even above-average fan, is the basis upon which sports exists. It just wouldn't be any fun if everyone agreed on everything. Putting the variables of sports into a quantifiable form and coming up with an indisputable answer has previously been thought to be impossible.