On this date in 1906, Dan Patch, the noted American Standardbred pacer set a world record for the fastest mile by a harness horse at the Minnesota State Fair in a time of 1:55.
On this date in 1960, Edgerton High School wins the Minnesota State boy’s basketball championship at Williams Arena on the University of Minnesota campus making it the smallest school ever to win the Minnesota state tournament. At a time when big schools and small schools competed together in a one-class tournament, the tiny southwestern town […]
On this date in 1960, Minnesota is granted an NFL franchise at the league owners’ meetings in Miami, Florida. The founding group of owners consisted of Max Winter, E. William Boyer, H.P Skoglund, Ole Haugsrud and Bernard H. Ridder, Jr. The “Minnesota Vikings” began play in 1961 at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. In their first regular […]
On this date in 1916, noted American Standardbred pacer, Dan Patch dies. In the early 1900s, harness racing was at its height of popularity and the sport’s shining star was Dan Patch. He went undefeated in open competition and dominated the sport to the extent that other owners eventually refused to race against him. Dan […]
On this date in 1930, golf great Bobby Jones wins the U.S. Open Golf Championship at the Interlachen Country Club in Edina. Jones had already won the British Amateur and the British Open earlier in June of that year.