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A Brief History On January 20, 1947, only 3 months before Jackie Robinson broke the “color barrier” and became the first African American major league baseball player, the famous catcher and slugger from the Negro Leagues of baseball, Josh Gibson, died at the young age of 35 of a stroke brought on by a brain tumor. Digging Deeper Gibson is now recognized by Major League Baseball as having had the highest single season batting average of all time, .466 in 1943.  As of 2020, MLB recognizes Negro League statistics as belonging in “major league” category.  Gibson also slugged about 800…

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A Brief History On January 17, 2013, renowned American cyclist Lance Armstrong admitted on Oprah’s Next Chapter, a prime time television show, that he was, as suspected and accused, a cheater that won 7 consecutive Tour de France bicycle races through the assistance of banned drugs. Digging Deeper Professional and amateur athletes have been using performance enhancing drugs for decades now, including stimulants such as cocaine and amphetamines and a variety of hormones, usually characterized as “steroids.”  Other banned substances include “blood doping” agents that increase the ability of blood to carry oxygen and even gene manipulation to enhance performance. …

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A Brief History On January 15, 1967, the NFL Champion Green Bay Packers faced off with the American Football League Champion Kansas City Chiefs, defeating the Chiefs 35-10 in a game later called “The First Super Bowl.” Digging Deeper Back when there were 2 major professional football leagues, the people running those leagues got the bright and money-making idea to have a championship game between the respective league champions. If you are too young to recall, that “First Super Bowl” was actually called the “AFL–NFL World Championship Game,” and the term “Super Bowl” did not come into use until the…

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A Brief History Today, January 3, 2023, we at History and Headlines just want to send out some positive thoughts to actor Jeremy Renner and athlete Damar Hamlin, both of whom have experienced potentially life-threatening accidental injuries on January 1st and January 2nd, respectively.  In addition to entertaining millions of film and sports fans, both men have been involved in various charitable endeavors. So, we hope that they are both able to recover. Our best to their families as well. Digging Deeper On January 2, 2023, Americans were shocked when a beloved screen actor, Jeremy Renner, was reported to be…

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A Brief History On January 2, 2022, the Omicron variant of the Covid virus was on the rise, but that was minor news compared to the top stories of 2022, some of which include: Digging Deeper Russia invaded Ukraine. Inflation ran rampant and gasoline reached an average of $5 per gallon. Queen Elizabeth II died and Charles III took the throne. The Cleveland Browns dumped Baker Mayfield and signed Deshaun Watson to a record contract. Elon Musk bought Twitter for $44 billion. The ongoing investigations of Donald Trump resulted in his company being found guilty of fraud and his tax…

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