This day in sports: Dodgers come out swinging in return from strike

This day in sports: Dodgers come out swinging in return from strike 1

Ted Field and Bill Whittington went on a Sunday ride in a black Interscope Lola on this date in 1982, winning the Toyota Grand Prix of Endurance on the winding 3.25-mile track at Riverside Raceway for 46,000 fans.

Under sunny skies, the winning car averaged 103,765 mph for the 624-mile event sponsored by The Times. An Andial-Meister Porsche driven by Al Holbert and Harald Grohs of Germany finished second, nearly eight miles behind Field and Whittington.

In games delayed or canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dodgers were scheduled to play an afternoon game in Pittsburgh against the Pirates on Saturday. It would be Roll-Up Blanket Night at Angel Stadium, where the Chicago White Sox and the Angels would play the third of a series of four games.

The Galaxy had scheduled a Major League Soccer game against the Houston Dynamo at Dignity Health Sports Park. LAFC was scheduled for an MLS game against the Fire at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Here’s a look at memorable games and excellent sports performance on this date:

1950 – Charles Cooper, an All-American from Duquesne who plays with the Harlem Globetrotters, breaks the color barrier when he is the first African American to be picked in the NBA version. Cooper is the 13th overall selection of the Boston Celtics in the second round, the choice of owner Walter Brown and coach Red Auerbach.

1965 – The Celtics score 42 points on a record 21 field goals in the last quarter of Game 5 to post a 129-96 route from the Lakers and win their seventh consecutive NBA title. Seven Celtics score in double digits, including Bill Russell and Sam Jones, who each have 22 points. Jerry West leads the Lakers with 33.

1974 – The NFL applies the 15-minute overtime period with sudden death to prevent ties in regular season and preseason games. The competition also moves the goal posts to the back of the end zones.

1989 – Mario Lemieux, who was unable to practice due to a neck injury, equals NHL playoff records with four goals for the first period, five overall and eight points, while the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 10-7 to take a 3-2 lead the Patrick Division Final.

1993 – Micheal Williams sets an NBA record for consecutive free throws made with 84. He drops straight 10 times when the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated Utah 113-111. Calvin Murphy achieved the previous grade of 78 for the Houston Rockets in 1981.

1995 – Major League Baseball returns after a 257-day strike, when the Dodgers defeated the Florida Marlins 8-7. The strike, which started on August 12, 1994, destroyed the playoffs, the World Series and the start of the 1995 season. Outfielder Raul Mondesi hits two homeruns and drives in four runs for the Dodgers.

1997 – Phoenix’s Chapman makes a playoff record of nine three-point shots towards a career-high 42 points in the Suns’ 106-101 victory over the Sonics at KeyArena in Seattle. Chapman breaks the playoff mark of eight on June 1, 1993 by Dan Majerle of Phoenix against Seattle.

2006 – After his appeal is dismissed, Miami Dolphins, who rolls back Ricky Williams, is suspended from the NFL for the 2006 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy for the fourth time. He is eligible for recovery in 2007.

2010 – Dwyane Wade sets franchise playoff records with 46 points, 30 in the second half, and the Miami Heat holds back elimination by defeating Boston 101-92 in Game 4 of an Eastern Conference first round series.

SOURCES: The Times, Associated Press

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