It’s Thursday so that means one thing, “throwback Thursday” is here. March 6 may not be a big deal today, but a lot happened on this day throughout sports history. One of boxing’s greatest fighters made his professional debut, NBA’s funniest superstar was born, and the biggest baseball contract was signed. Take a look at the historical events that took place on this day!
March 6, 1922: Babe Ruth signs a three-year deal with the Yankees. The contract is worth $52,000, making him the highest paid player in history. March 6, 1923: The Cardinals make an announcement that players will have numbers on back of their jerseys. The numbering system will be based upon batting order. (Pictured is Rogers Hornsby, second baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals) March 6, 1964: Cassius Clay changes his name to Muhammad Ali signifying his new faith with the Nation of Islam. March 6, 1972: NBA star Shaquille O'Neal is born in Newark, New Jersey. March 6, 1973: The first designated hitter is used in baseball. Minnesota’s Larry Hisle acts as a DH with two home runs and seven RBIs. March 6, 1982: The highest scoring NBA game is logged: San Antonio beats Milwaukee 171-166 (three overtime periods). March 6, 1983: The United States Football League (USFL) began its first season in an attempt to compete with the NFL. The 12 team league’s inaugural season consisted of five games. (Pictured is Herschel Walker #34 who played with the New Jersey Generals) March 6, 1984: The USFL makes a big move by signing BYU quarterback Steve Young to a 43-year contract for $40 million. March 6, 1985 - Mike Tyson makes his professional boxing debut by knocking out Hector Mercedes in the first round. March 6, 1988 – Jockey Julie Krone racks up her 1,205th victory making her the winningest female jockey in history. March 6, 2006 – Hall of fame outfielder Kirby Puckett dies at the age of 45. Puckett had a stroke at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp at the Feather Awards on November 4, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Waldo Swiegers/Heat Magazine/Gallo Images/Getty Images)