Back in Time: December 17
The Yankees fire long time television and radio voice Mel Allen (pictured here in 1990). This well known broadcaster popularized the 'going, going, gone' home run call and often said 'how about that' to describe happenings on the ball field.
Miami's Dan Marino sets NFL season records for touchdowns (48), completions (362) and yards (5084).
Rickey Henderson returns to the A's, signing a two-year $8.6 million dollar contract.
San Francisco's Terrell Owens catches an NFL-record 20 passes for 283 yards and a touchdown against the Chicago Bears.
The last place Mariners sign 25-year-old Adrian Beltre (.334, 48, 121) to a $64 million, five-year deal. The former Dodger third baseman joins Richie Sexson, a free agent Seattle signed to a four-year, $50 million contract two days ago.
Born on this Day
Cal Ripken Sr. (1935) <br>Ference Bene (1944) <br>Bob Ojeda (1957) <br>Rocco Mediate (1962) <br>Tyrone Braxton (1964) <br>Joe Wolf (1964) <br> Michele Tafoya (1964) <br>Jeff Grayer (1965) <br>Craig Berube (1965) <br>Vincent Damphousse (1967) <br>Curtis Pride (1968) <br>Chuck Liddell (1969) <br>Earl Dotson (1970)<br>Nikki McCray (1971) <br>Dewayne Washington (1972) <br>Don Davis (1972) <br>Brian Williams (1972) <br>Takeo Spikes (1976) <br>Chase Utley (1978) <br>Manny Pacquiao (1978) <br>Ryan Moats (1982) <br>Josh Barfield (1982) <br>Erik Christensen (1983)<br>