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Today in
Sports History

1941 - Elmer Layden was named the first Commissioner of the NFL.

1949 - Joe Louis announced that he was retiring from boxing as world heavyweight boxing champion.

1960 - Gordie Howe was profiled in "LOOK" magazine.

1969 - Mickey Mantle announced his retirement from baseball.

1979 - The NCAA granted ESPN the exclusive rights to telecast collegiate events.

1987 - The Boston Celtics defeated Detroit 112-102 to post win number 2,235.

1988 - Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers) got his 1,050th assist to become the NHL's all-time assist leader. Gordie Howe had held the record for 26 years.

1993 - The expansion NHL team owned by Disney was named the Mighty Ducks.

1996 - Lenny Wilkens won his 1,000th game as a coach in the NBA.

1996 - The Dallas Mavericks set a record when they attempted 44 3-point shots in a game against the Vancouver Grizzlies.

1997 - "Bottom Line2" debuted on ESPN2.

2002 - The Vancouver Canucks said that they would bill Ed Belfour (Dallas Stars) for damaging the visiting team's locker room on February 28th. Belfour broke two televisions, a clock and a VCR and damaged the walls of the dressing room after he was pulled during the first period.

2005 - The NHL's board of governors met and emerged fully behind Commissioner Gary Bettman and totally committed to having a season in the fall.

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Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth
- Lou Gehrig
July 4, 1939

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