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Today In Sports History

Posted: December 12, 2013 - 1:02am
Samuel Adrian "Slingin' Sammy" Baugh played college football for the Horned Frogs at Texas Christian University where he was a two-time All-American. He played for the NFL Washington Redskins from 1937-52 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963.
Samuel Adrian "Slingin' Sammy" Baugh played college football for the Horned Frogs at Texas Christian University where he was a two-time All-American. He played for the NFL Washington Redskins from 1937-52 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963.

DECEMBER 12

1937 — Rookie Sammy Baugh throws second-half touchdown passes of 55, 78 and 33 yards to overcome a 14-7 Chicago lead and give the Washington Redskins a 28-21 victory over the Chicago Bears for the NFL championship.

1965 — Chicago’s Gale Sayers scores six touchdowns with 336 combined yards to lead the Bears to a 61-20 rout of the San Francisco 49ers. The six TDs give Sayers an NFL-record 21 for the season. Sayers’ first touchdown is a reception, the next four rushing and the final, an 85-yard punt return.

1971 — Bobby Hull of the Chicago Black Hawks scores his 1,000th point with an assist in the first period of a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota North Stars.

1986 — James “Bonecrusher” Smith knocks out Tim Witherspoon in the first round to win the WBA heavyweight title in New York.

1987 — Guard Mookie Blaylock leads Oklahoma to an NCAA-record 33 steals with 13 in a 152-84 victory over Centenary.

1990 — Connecticut uses a stifling press and quickness to jump to a 32-0 lead en route to an 85-32 victory over New Hampshire. New Hampshire plays 11 minutes and 48 seconds before scoring its first point.

1992 — Miami quarterback Gino Torretta, 26-1 as a starter for the top-ranked Hurricanes, wins the Heisman Trophy. Torretta, with 1,400 points, edges San Diego State running back Marshall Faulk, who receives 1,080 points.

1999 — Qadry Ismail of the Baltimore Ravens makes six catches for 258 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-24 win over Pittsburgh.

2009 — Mark Ingram completes the trophy case at Alabama, delivering the first Heisman to a school that boasts one of the richest histories in college football. The sophomore tailback, who win the closest vote in the award’s 75-year history, receives 227 first-place votes and 1,304 points. Stanford running back Toby Gerhart gets 222 first-place votes and 1,276 points.

2010 — The inflatable roof of the Minneapolis Metrodome, where the Minnesota Vikings play, collapses overnight following a snow storm that dumps 17 inches on the city. The NFL is forced to shift the Giants-Vikings game to Detroit’s Ford Field on Monday night.

2010 — DeSean Jackson has 210 yards receiving on four catches and scores a touchdown in Philadelphia’s 30-27 win over Dallas.

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