This Day in Sports History

September 28, 2009

September 28th is an intriguing day in sports history that has seen the greatest hitter of all time leaving his mark on the game (twice), football schedules getting changed forever, and sports broadcasting finally getting a little more colorful...

September 28, 1892 - The first ever nighttime football game took place between Mansfield State Normal School and the Wyoming Seminary. That’s right – exactly 107 years before Jerry Jones spent the Gross Domestic Product of a struggling African nation on a luxury football stadium to host a Monday Night Football game, a group of aspiring clergymen took on whatever the hell a “normal school” is under the bright lights of a stadium whose name is both unimportant and impossible to track down. Though, rumor has it Al Davis had excellent seats for the game.

September 28, 1941 – Screw the Tim Tebow/Superman/Chuck Norris references. 68-years-ago today Ted Williams finished the 1941 Major League Baseball season with a .406 batting average just months before getting ready to serve as a fighter pilot in the second World War. The biggest badass in baseball history remains the last player to ever hit .400, the only Boston Red Sox left fielder to legally kill multiple German soldiers, and the only batting champ to ever have his head cryogenically frozen in an Arizona research center. But Tebow's win over Charleston Southern this year was probably just as intense as fighting in the war. (Ironically enough on September 28th, 1960, Williams hit his final career home run.)

September 28th, 1955 – The first World Series is broadcast in color television allowing Cubs fans to watch other teams win the championship with a much crisper picture.

September 28,  1995
- Troy Dixon scores cricket century on first-class debut – I have no idea what this means, but the awkward British guy with questionable oral hygiene who works down the hall swears this is really impressive.

September 28, 2009 – Jake Delhomme admits that being an NFL quarterback is more of a hobby than a career.

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