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Posted on: Monday, January 18, 2010

On this date: 1973 Orlando Cepeda first player signed to be a designated hitter


Associated Press

Jan. 18

1938 Grover Cleveland Alexander is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. His 90 shutouts is second on the all-time list to Walter Johnson and his 16 shutouts in 1916 is the major league record.

1958 Canadian born Willie O'Ree becomes the NHL's first black player for the Boston Bruins.

1972 The Lakers' Jerry West hits a last-second, 20-foot jumper to lead the West team to a 112-110 NBA All-Star victory over the East and earn the MVP award.

He signs with the Boston Red Sox one week after the designated hitter rule is approved.

1976 Pittsburgh wins the Super Bowl for the second straight year. Terry Bradshaw's 64-yard touchdown pass to Lynn Swann and Glen Edwards' interception on the last play of the game gives the Steelers a 21-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Swann, with four receptions for 161 yards, is the game's MVP.

1992 Brett Hull scores two goals with the help of linemate Wayne Gretzky to lead the Campbell Conference to a 10-6 victory over the Wales Conference in the NHL All-Star game.

1994 The Los Angeles Clippers and the Miami Heat combine for an NBA-record 23 3-point baskets. Los Angeles sets a team record with 11 3-pointers in a 126-124 win.

1996 Baseball owners break with more than a century of tradition by unanimously approving interleague play in 1997.

2003 Michelle Kwan wins her sixth straight title, and seventh overall, at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Michael Weiss, despite splattering on his quad lutz, two-footing a quad toe and not doing a triple axel the entire competition, gets his third U.S. men's title.

2004 The New England Patriots earn their second trip to the Super Bowl in three seasons by defeating the Indianapolis Colts 24-14 in the AFC championship game. The Philadelphia Eagles fall one win short of the Super Bowl for the third straight year as the Carolina Panthers post a 14-3 win.

2005 Earl Boykins breaks the NBA record for points in an overtime, scoring 15 of Denver's 21 points in the extra period as the Nuggets beat the Seattle SuperSonics 116-110. The 5-foot-5 guard, the league's smallest player, broke the record of 14 overtime points set by Butch Carter of Indiana against Boston on March 20, 1984.

2009 Ryan Smyth and Milan Hejduk score their 300th career goals in Colorado's 6-2 victory over Calgary to become just the second set of players in NHL history to reach the milestone in the same game.