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March 2
1887 The American Trotting Association was organized in Detroit, Michigan.
1927 Babe Ruth signed a three-year contract with the New York Yankees. Ruth's $70,000 a year pact made him then the highest paid player in baseball.
1951 Boston Garden hosted the first NBA All-Star Game.
1962 Wilt Chamberlain set an all-time NBA record by scoring 100 points in Philadelphia's 169-147 win over New York in a game played in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
1966 Kelso, the Horse of the Year 1960-64, finished fourth in his last career race.
1966 Chicago's Bobby Hull registered his 50th goal of the season and became the first NHL player to post back-to-back 50 goal seasons.
1969 Boston's Phil Esposito became the first NHL player to reach 100 points in a season, as the Bruins blanked the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-0.
1970 Paul Christman, former football player and sportscaster, died.
1991 North Carolina State point guard Chris Corchiani became the first college basketball player to get 1,000 career assists.
1997 Canadian Elvis Stojko hit the first quad-triple combination jump in the history of figure-skating competition to win the Championship Series final in Hamilton, Ontario.
1999 The Detroit Pistons routed the Chicago Bulls, 108-78, the worst beating the Bulls ever suffered at the United Center.
2001 Southwest Missouri State guard Jackie Stiles became the all-time leading scorer in Division I Women's basketball history.
2002 Ferrari's Michael Schumacher started 2002 just as he finished 2001 in Japan, with a win, earning the first checkered flag of the Formula One season.
2004 Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning agreed to a seven-year deal worth a reported $99.2 million.
2004 The San Francisco 49ers released QB Jeff Garcia.
2004 The St.Joseph's Hawks finished their college basketball season undefeated with a perfect 27-0 record.
2005 The Portland Trail Blazers fired head coach Maurice Cheeks.
2005 The Minnesota Vikings traded WR Randy Moss to the Oakland Raiders for LB Napoleon Harris and the seventh pick in April's NFL Draft.
2005 Jim Calhoun won his 700th game at Connecticut when his team defeated Georgetown, 83-64.
2008 The Atlanta Falcons signed RB Michael Turner to a six-year contract.
2009 The Connecticut women's basketball team finished its regular season undefeated for the fifth time in school history when they defeated Rutgers, 69-59.
2012 Major League Baseball decided to expand the playoff format for the upcoming season, adding one wild card team for each league.
2012 The Toronto Maple Leafs fired head coach Ron Wilson. They named Randy Carlyle as his replacement.
2012 Former British Columbia Lions head coach Wally Buono was named the Canadian Football League's Coach of the Year for the 2011 season.
Birthdays Mel Ott (1909) - Hall of Fame baseball player; Al Del Greco (1962) - NFL kicker; Terry Steinbach (1962) - MLB player; Ben Roethlisberger (1981) - NFL quarterback;. Reggie Bush (1985) - NFL running back.
As of March 2, 2015, at 09:07 AM ET

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