This Day In Sports History: January 15

Joe Bittner, ‘Doah Staff Writer
January 15, 2014

1/15/1939 – First NFL Pro Bowl

On this day, the New York Giants played the Pro All-Stars at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles. The Giants won the game 13-10 in the first version of an NFL All-Star contest held after the end of the season. After previous attempts involving college stars facing off against NFL pros in the summer time, the NFL settled on the contest occurring after the conclusion of the regular season.

1/15/1942 – MLB plays through WWII

During World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asks the Major League Baseball commissioner to continue the sport. It was something to help the American people get away from the news and help settle their nerves. “I honestly feel that it would be best for the country to keep baseball going. There will be fewer people unemployed and everybody will work longer hours and harder than ever before.

And that means that they ought to have a chance for recreation and for taking their minds off their work even more than before. Baseball provides a recreation which does not last over two hours or two hours and a half, and which can be got for very little cost. And, incidentally, I hope that night games can be extended because it gives an opportunity to the day shift to see a game occasionally,” (Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Green Light” Letter, 1942).

1/15/1967 – Super Bowl I

The Green Bay Packers, coached by Vince Lombardi, won the first ever Super Bowl over the Kansas City Chiefs by a score of 35-10. Legend says that Packers receiver Max McGee showed up to the game severely intoxicated and in no shape to play. He was a back up to Boyd Dowler and had no intentions of playing at all. However, Dowler went down with an injury early in the game and out stumbled McGee who caught seven passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns on the day.

 1/15/1997 – Dennis Rodman kicks cameraman in the groin

Dennis Rodman was quite a character. He had rainbow hair,        countless facial piercings, married Carmen Electra and had an open affair with Madonna. On this night though, he did what no man should ever do: he kicked another man in the groin. While Rodman was trying to save a loose ball, he fell out of bounds and tripped over a camera cable. He was angry with the cameraman and kicked him square in his balls. He received an 11-game suspension and a $25,000 fine.

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