On this Day in Sports History February 26
On this day in 1985, Philadelphia 76ers forward Julius Erving passed Elvin Hayes as the third all-time leading scorer in pro basketball history. Erving passed Hayes’ 27,313 points in a 116-97 76ers loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
On this day in 1987, Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan scored 58 points in a 128-113 Bulls win over the New Jersey Nets. The 58 points was a Bulls record at the time.
On this day in 1935, the New York Yankees granted Babe Ruth his release, giving the superstar a chance to play for the Boston Braves. Ruth hit 659 homers and batted .349 during his 15 seasons with the Yankees.
On this day in 1989, the Dallas Cowboys fired coach Tom Landry after 29 years as the head coach. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would eventually hire University of Miami coach Jimmy Johnson, who would lead Dallas to two Super Bowl victories.