It was just four years ago that the world of baseball was rocked by the release of the Mitchell Report. The 409 page document was the summary of an investigation into the use of performance enhancing drugs in baseball. Former Maine Senator George Mitchell headed the independent examination of the seedier side of the game. 89 players were named in the report. Some were superstars like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, while others were guys who had a cup of coffee in the majors like Paxton Crawford and Adam Piatt. The report helped establish the current drug testing program that recently snagged Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun.
Here are five other sports stories that happened on this date throughout history.
Jackie Robinson is dealt: In 1956 the Brooklyn Dodgers traded Jackie Robinson to the New York Giants. In the deal the Dodgers received left-handed pitcher Dick Littlefield and $30,000. What the Dodgers didn't know is that Robinson had decided he was going to retire even before the trade was made. The deal was rescinded and Robinson would never don a Giants uniform. Robinson was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962 in his first year of eligibility.
Pistons take high scoring affair: The Detroit Pistons were in Denver to take on the Nuggets in 1983. What nobody realized is by the end of the night this game would set multiple records. The Pistons would win 186-184. The 370 points scored is the most combined points in an NBA game, beating the second place game by 33 points. The 186 point the Pistons scored is the most by a single team, while the 184 the Nuggets put up is second all time. The Nuggets Kiki Vandeweghe led all scorers with 51 points.
Clemens leaves Red Sox: It was pretty clear to everyone in 1996 that the Boston Red Sox were done with Roger Clemens. After playing his first 13 seasons in Beantown the team had no interest in retaining him. Clemens would sign a four-year, $32 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. He would last just two years in Canada before asking for a trade. In those two years he won a total of 41 games and two Cy Young Awards.
Woodson takes home Heisman: The Heisman Trophy announcement in 1997 was both a surprise and a first. Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson became the first player that primarily played defense to win the award. He beat out the preseason favorite, Tennessee's Peyton Manning, by 272 points. In the 1998 NFL draft Woodson was taken fourth overall by the Oakland Raiders, three picks after Manning.
Giambi gets paid: As the 2001 baseball offseason rolled in the New York Yankees were salivating over the idea over bringing in Jason Giambi. The first baseman was a free agent after spending his first seven seasons with the Oakland A's. The Yankees would reel in their big fish with a seven-year, $120 million deal. Although the deal wasn't a complete dud Giambi did struggle in three of his years with the Bombers. Add to that steroid use allegations and no World Series titles and Giambi's time in New York is best forgotten.
- Roger Clemens
- Jackie Robinson
- Jason Giambi
- Detroit Pistons