Chicago is a city that is rich in sports history. They have blessed with some of the greatest athletes to ever play in professional sports, and have known many exhilarating successes.
One of the greatest experiences in recent years was the career of Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest player in the history of the National Basketball Association. During his career MJ led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships, consisting of two three-peats, in one of the most legendary careers in the annals of the game.
It’s been more than one hundred years since another great moment in the history of Chicago sports. On October 9th, 1906, in game one of the World Series, the Chicago White Sox took on the Chicago Cubs – the first time ever that two teams from the same city played each other in post-season baseball. The Cubs were heavily favored to win the series, coming into the Fall Classic with a .763 winning percentage and 116 regular season victories. But the White Sox prevailed to win that fabled, crosstown series.
It’s been more than thirty years since another truly great moment in Chicago sports. On October 7, 1984, Bears running back Walter Payton set a new record for all-time career rushing yards. He entered the game against the New Orleans Saints needing just 67 yards to break Jim Brown’s all-time rushing record, and picked up 154 yards that day. Not even Walter Payton could lead that year’s Bears to a championship that season. They’d have to wait until the following season to win the NFL championship, taking Super Bowl XX against the New England Patriots.
In hockey, the Chicago Blackhawks have been the team to beat in the NHL and are the reining league champions, winning the Stanley Cup over the Tampa Bay Lightening in June of 2015.
Aadam A Franks in a big fan of sports, especially the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Bears.