This day in Chicago sports: March 19th


March 19 – it’s the 79th day of 2020. Did you know that José Abreu, who wears No. 79, signed with the White Sox on Oct. 29, 2013 – 79 days after the first reports of his defection from Cuba? Let’s dig into this day in Chicago Sports History.

Today’s birthdays:

Ivan Calderon born this day in 1962.

He scored the run on Frank Thomas’ first career RBI on Aug. 2, 1990, Thomas' MLB Debut.

He also made this legendary robbery on Alan Trammell:

He left us way too soon.

Rick Mirer turns 50 today.

The Notre Dame great was drafted second overall in 1993 (after Drew Bledsoe). He played seven games (three starts) for the Bears in 1997. It ultimately didn’t work out (0 TD, 6 INT).

David Ross turns 43 today.

This fan favorite will wear a Cubs uniform again in 2020, this time as manager. Believe it or not, he hit his first career homer off of Mark Grace.

He’s one of only three players in MLB history to homer in the World Series in the last game of his career. (Shawon Dunston and Bobby Kielty are the others), and he’ll be the first Cubs skipper to manage a former Cubs teammate since Lee Elia in 1982-83 (who was teammates with Fergie Jenkins in 1968).

Today’s events:

This day in 1992: Michael Jordan scores 51

Jordan scored 51 points (1 for 1 from 3-point range) with 11 rebounds in a 106-100 win over Washington. It was his 21st career game with 50-plus points (25th including playoffs) . This was one of 30 career matchups (inlcuding playoffs) between brothers Horace and Harvey Grant. Horace’s teams were 19-11 in games against Harvey.


Fun fact: In his Bulls career, including playoffs, Jordan had more 50-plus-point games (38) than he had games with fewer than 10 points (one).

This day in 1995: MJ is back

Air Jordan made his return to the basketball court on a Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis. It was his first game since June 20, 1993 when the Bulls clinched their third NBA title over the Pheonix Suns. Jordan was a little rusty, scoring 19 points on 7-for-28 shooting (0-for-4 from three). The Bulls lost 103-96. Things worked out okay in the end.

Fun fact: From the 1984-85 season through the 1994-95 season, Michael Jordan had 27 regular season games with 50-plus points (20 more than anyone else) DESPITE missing over a season and a half.

This day in 1998: Celebrating Savy

On March 19, 1998, Denis Savard was the fifth Blackhawks player to have his sweater retired. Savard has the third-most points in franchise history with 1,096. He still has the four highest single-season point totals in Blackhawks history, topped by his 131 points in the 1987-88 season.

Fun fact: On Savard’s junior hockey team, he played on the “Trois Denis” line with Denis Cyr and Denis Tremblay. All three were born on Feb. 4, 1961.