Traditional rivals face off in season openers

For the first time in 87 years, the Yankees will face the Red Sox and the Dodgers will face the Giants in their season openers on the same day.  On April 13, 1926, the Yankees defeated the Red Sox, 12-11, at Fenway Park as Babe Ruth went 3-for-6 with a pair of doubles.  That same day, the Brooklyn Dodgers topped the New York Giants, 3-0, at the Polo Grounds behind a one-hitter by Jess Petty.   Frankie Frisch managed the Giants’ only hit, a bloop double to right field in the sixth inning.

Jerry Buss’s Lakers were the best of the best

Jerry Buss, who owned the Los Angeles Lakers since 1979, died on Monday at age 80. The Lakers won 10 NBA championships during Buss’ tenure as owner, far more than any other team in any major North American professional sports league. In fact, only four such teams won even half as many titles as the Lakers during that time: the Chicago Bulls (6), New York Yankees (5), San Francisco 49ers (5), and Edmonton Oilers (5).