It’s a widely held view that the day after the baseball All-Star Game is the officially recognized Worst Day of the Sporting Calendar, because there are no live sporting events going on besides the WNBA and whatever “team tennis” is. It’s so bad that in 2002, ESPN decided to fill the one gaping hole on the calendar by moving the ESPY’s telecast to the day after the All-Star Game so television viewers could give their undivided attention to professional athletes looking uncomfortable in tuxedos.
Anyway, here’s a list of all the things that have happened in sports on the day after the All-Star Game since, oh, 1962, because that’s when I finally gave up on this dumb idea for a blog post. (Info provided by Todayinsport.com.)
July 9, 1997 — One day after the American League scored a 3-1 win over the National League in Cleveland, the Nevada State Athletic Commission revoked boxer Mike Tyson’s license and fined him almost $3 million for biting Evander Holyfield in their June 28 title bout. The news was so big that The Post sent sportswriter William Gildea to Las Vegas for the hearing, and the story ran on A1 of the next day’s paper. Tyson would not fight again until January 1999.
July 12, 1989 – On July 11, the Royals’ Bo Jackson stole the show with his moon-shot home run in the first inning of the American League’s 5-3 win in Anaheim. The next day, Yankees pitching great Ron Guidry announced his retirement after 14 seasons in pinstripes (he never actually played in 1989 after undergoing elbow surgery in spring training). He was the Yankees’ last remaining link to their powerhouse 1977-78 World Series winners.
July 15, 1970 – The first Women’s World Cup wasn’t played until 1991, but one day after the National League scored a 5-4, 12-inning win over the American League after Pete Rose trucked Ray Fosse, Denmark defeated Italy, 2-0, to win the first women’s soccer championship.
July 31, 1962 – The entry for this date — one day after the second All-Star Game of the 1962 season, which meant there were two Worst Days of the Sporting Calendar that year — at Todayinsport.com reads: “Statham is Test crickets’ leading wkt-taker (229), beating Lindwall.” I don’t know what this means. I give up. Today is the worst. When do the ESPY’s start?