This day in sports: Robert Irsay moves the Colts from Baltimore to Indianapolis in 1984

In the early hours of a snowy and cold morning on this date in 1984, owner Robert Irsay and the Baltimore Colts snuck out of town and headed to Indianapolis, leaving fans shocked and devastated in Maryland.

In Sunday’s scheduled NHL games that were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kings and Ducks had to complete four games. The kings would visit the Chicago Blackhawks and the ducks would play against the Oilers for the second time in seven days in Edmonton.

The NCAA basketball tournament’s Elite Eight is said to have ended this weekend and set up next weekend’s Final Four at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

In baseball, the Dodgers were scheduled to complete a season-opening three-game home series with the San Francisco Giants on Saturday, and the Angels were scheduled to complete a series of four games against the Astros in Houston on Sunday.

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

1940 – Joe Louis knocked out Johnny Paychek with a second round straight at Madison Square Garden to keep the heavyweight world title. Paychek dropped three times in the first round, all for the count of nine. After the fight, Paychek says, “I’d like to meet him again. I think I can do better. ‘

1960 – Boston’s Bill Russell hits a playoff record of 40 rebounds, but the Celtics lose 113-103 to St. Louis. The Hawks Bob Pettit has 22 rebounds and 35 points. Bill Sharman scores 30 points for Boston.

1962 – Elgin Baylor (45) and Jerry West (41) are the first teammates to score 40 points or more in an NBA playoff game. But it is not enough if the Lakers lose to Detroit 118-117 in Game 4 of the Western Division final. Baylor also packs 17 rebounds and Bailey Howell and Johnny Egan score 24 and 21 points for the Pistons, respectively.

1990 – Hakeem Olajuwon is the third player in NBA history to achieve a quadruple double in Houston’s 120-94 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. He ends with 18 points, 16 rebounds, 11 blocked shots and 10 assists. Olajuwon would have reached the milestone 3½ weeks earlier against Golden State, but the league ruled that he was short of an assist.

1992 – Dottie Mochrie birdies the 72nd hole to force a playoff and beats July Inkster with a par on the first extra hole on the Nabisco Dinah Shore in Rancho Mirage. It is the first of two big wins for Mochrie.

1999 – Wayne Gretzky passes Gordie Howe as the leading goalscorer in the history of professional hockey in the New York Rangers’ 3-1 win over the New York Islanders. Gretzky’s goal is the 1072nd and last in his career, spanning 20 seasons in the NHL and one in the WHA.

2003 – Michelle Kwan from Torrance becomes the third American to win five World Figure Skating Championships. Kwan, a seven-time American champion, binds Dick Button and Carol Heiss for most of an American’s world titles.

2007 – Michael Phelps swims to his third world record in so many days and wins the 200m individual medley at the world championship in Melbourne, Australia. His time of 1 minute 54.98 seconds puts his figure at 1: 55.84.

2011 – Maya Moore scores 28 points, including the 3,000th of her career, to lead Connecticut to a 75-40 win over Duke in the Philadelphia Regional, helping the Huskies advance to women’s basketball Final Four.

2013 – 15-year-old Wesley Low Jr. becomes the youngest bowler to win a regional PBA title – breaking a 34-year record by Hall of Famer Pete Weber. The left-handed, using a two-handed delivery, defeated Deeronn Booker 299-234 to win the Non-Champion West tournament in Las Vegas. Low, a member of Junior Team USA, loses his bid for a perfect game in the title game when he leaves an eight-pin on his last shot.

Sources: The Times, Associated Press

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