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This day in Chicago Sports: March 20


This day in Chicago Sports: March 20

March 20 — Five Chicago pitchers qualified for the ERA title and finished with an ERA of 3.20. Zip Zabel of the Cubs in 1915, Rich Nye of the Cubs in 1967, Fergie Jenkins of the Cubs in 1972, Kerry Wood of the Cubs in 2003 & José Quintana of the White Sox in 2016.

Let’s dig in to March 20 in Chicago sports history!

Today’s Birthdays

George Altman turns 87.

He was an All-Star for the Cubs in 1961 and 1962, and was one of three players ever to homer off of Sandy Koufax twice in a game. The others were Ernie Banks and Felipe Alou.

Bobby Orr turns 72.
The Hall of Fame defenseman played the final 26 games of his NHL career with the Blackhawks. He had over a dozen knee surgeries in his career and was limited to 20 games in the 1976-77 season, and 6 games in 1978-79.

It’s Rick Hahn’s Birthday, too.
Fun with dates: Rick Hahn was named White Sox Senior VP and GM on Oct. 26, 2012. The White Sox won the World Series on Oct. 26, 2005. Original White Sox owner Charles Comiskey died on Oct. 26, 1931. Former Sox GM Roland Hemond was born Oct. 26, 1929. 1919 White Sox manager Kid Gleason was born on Oct. 26, 1866...

Jamal Crawford turns 40.
He is one of four players in Bulls history to score 50 points in a game.
The four Bulls to score 50 points in a game, along with their career points per game with the Bulls:
Michael Jordan 31.5
Chet Walker 20.6
Jimmy Butler 15.6
Jamal Crawford 11.2

JaKarr Sampson turns 27.
If you put the minimum at four games, Sampson (who played four games with the Bulls) is one of eight players in Bulls history to average 20 points per game.
Michael Jordan 31.5
Zach LaVine 23.3
Jalen Rose 21.4
Bob Love 21.3
Chet Walker 20.6
Bob Boozer 20.4
Elton Brand 20.1
JaKarr Sampson 20.0

This day in Chicago Sports

This Day in 1983: Secord Se-cores!
37 years ago today, Al Secord bagged his 50th and 51st goals of the season against the Maple Leafs. He became the second player in Blackhawks history (joining Bobby Hull, who did it five times) to score 50-plus goals in a season. Only Jeremy Roenick (twice) has done it since.

This day in 2006: Bring Me the Lefty!
The White Sox and Mariners swapped former first round draft picks when the Sox shipped former top prospect Joe Borchard (read about him here) to Seattle for lefty reliever Matt Thornton. It was one of the more underappreciated trades in recent White Sox history. Thornton went on to set a White Sox record (which still stands) with 512 career relief appearances.

Sports Talk Live Podcast: Have the Bulls found their new leader in Arturas Karnisovas?


Sports Talk Live Podcast: Have the Bulls found their new leader in Arturas Karnisovas?

It's a Wednesday edition of SportsTalk Live. (It's Wednesday, right?) Host David Kaplan is joined by Football Aftershow’s Laurence Holmes, 670 The Score David Haugh and our White Sox insider Adam Hoge. Plus, mother nature drops by to rain on Kap's parade.

It looks like the Bulls might have already found the man to lead their basketball operations. Will Arturas Karnisovas be the right hire to get the organization back on track? What does that mean for the futures of Jim Boylen and John Paxson?

Switching to football, it was a GOAT-fest on the radio today. Tom Brady gave an interesting interview on the Howard Stern Show. Meanwhile, former NFL general manager Charley Casserly says Roquan Smith is the best player Ryan Pace has drafted. The panel breaks it all down.

If MLB goes ahead with its plan to start the season in Arizona, they could use an electronic strike zone. The panelists discuss whether it’s a good idea or a dangerous precedent.

Kap is then joined by NFL super agent Leigh Steinberg. He gives a health update on one of his top clients in this month's draft, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Kap asks where Tagovailoa ranks among the great quarterbacks Steinberg has represented over the years. We’ll get Leigh’s insight into how different this year's draft process has been. And we can’t let him go without asking about the 2017 Draft when the Bears took Mitch Trubisky instead of another one of his clients, Super Bowl-winning quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Was he surprised the Bears moved up to take Mitch?

0:00 - All signs are pointing to Arturas Karnisovas becoming the man to run the Bulls' basketball operations. Is this a good hire? And does that mean Jim Boylen's days in Chicago are almost over?

7:00 - The GOAT interviews the GOAT. Tom Brady sits down with Howard Stern. Plus, STL has its first-ever rain delay when Kap gets rained on.

10:30 - Former NFL GM Charley Casserly says that Roquan Smith is the best player Ryan Pace has drafted.

13:00 - If the MLB season starts in Arizona, they might use an electronic strike zone. Will that work?

15:30 - NFL superagent Leigh Steinberg joins Kap. He talks about Tua Tagovailoa's health and how he compares to the other superstar QBs he has represented. He also talks about the 2017 draft when the Bears took Mitch Trubisky instead of his client- Patrick Mahomes.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

Wimbledon canceled for first time since World War II


Wimbledon canceled for first time since World War II

Wimbledon has taken place every year since 1945, but won’t take place this year.

The All England Club made the announcement on Wednesday that the famous grass court major has been canceled.

Wimbledon was set to run from June 28 to July 11. Postponing the event later in the calendar year isn’t feasible because of the weather conditions needed for the grass surface to be playable and endure the wear and tear of the two-week tournament.

“With the likelihood that the Government’s measures will continue for many months, it is our view that we must act responsibly to protect the large numbers of people required to prepare The Championships from being at risk – from the training of ball boys and girls to thousands of officials, line judges, stewards, players, suppliers, media and contractors who convene on the AELTC Grounds – and equally to consider that the people, supplies and services legally required to stage The Championships would not be available at any point this summer, thus ruling out postponement,” read a statement from the All England Club.

The only other cancelations in Wimbledon’s history were during World War I and World War II. The tournament started in 1877.

The ATP and WTA also announced the suspension of all play through July 13.

The French Open, tennis’ clay court major, was originally scheduled to run from May 24-June 7, but was pushed back to Sept. 20-Oct. 4. The U.S. Open, which said its 2020 tournament is still on schedule, is on the calendar from Aug. 24-Sept. 13. The French Open moving to a week after the U.S. Open has been controversial in the tennis world with two majors on different surfaces coming just seven days apart.