Previously in Sports…

By Rachel Puglia
Elm Staff Writer

  • The Tampa Bay Devil Rays are a young team in Major League Baseball. On Sept. 26, 1995, the Devil Rays signed their first player, Adam Sisk. Sisk is a 6-4, right-handed pitcher from Edison Community College in Fort Myers, Fla. The Rays did not actually participate in any regular season games until 1998.
  • On Sept. 29, 2002, Roy Halladay secured his 19th win with eight shutout innings and allowed just two hits, leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a season-high seven-game winning streak to close out the season.
  • Alex Johnson became the first and only Los Angeles Angel ever to win a batting title on Oct. 1, 1970. He earned this title in a game against the Chicago White Sox at home in Anaheim Stadium.
  • On Oct. 3, 1974, Executive Vice President of the Cleveland Indians, Ted Bonda, introduced Frank Robinson as the first black manager in MLB history. This was a major step in the league’s integration efforts.
  • The Texas Rangers were defeated by the Kansas City Royals on Oct. 3, 1993. The Royals defeated the Rangers, 4-1, before 41,039 fans at the final game in Arlington Stadium history. Arlington Stadium in Texas closed its doors after hosting Major League Baseball for 22 years.
  • On Oct. 5, 2005, Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals scored two goals in his first National Hockey League game. The Caps defeated Columbus 3-2 at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.
  • Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles played his final game in Major League Baseball on Oct. 6, 2001. He finished the year hitting .239 with 14 home runs and 68 RBI. He capped his career by hitting a home run in the All-Star Game and winning the MVP award.

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