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On This Day In Sports: Oakland Raiders RB Marcus Allen Has 11th Consecutive 100 Yard Game (New Record) and The 1994 World Series Is Cancelled

 

On This Day In Sports: September 14, 1986 Oakland Raiders Running Back Marcus Allen pushes his own record even higher, running for 100 yards or more in his 11th consecutive game. Many Sports Historians still to this day consider Allen to be tied at 9 consecutive games with Chicago Bears Running Back Walter Payton due to the fact that Allen’s record was set over a span of 2 seasons. He rushed for 100 yards or more in 9 consecutive games to close out his 1985 NFL Offensive MVP season and started out the 1986 season with 2 100+ yard games. In his last 100+ yard performance of the streak Allen ran for 104 yards in a 10 – 6 loss to the Washington Redskins. Allen’s record stood until 1997 when Detroit Lions’ running back Barry Sanders raised the mark to 14 games.

On This Day In Sports: September 14, 1994 Major League Baseball cancels the 1994 World Series for only the 2nd time in history (1904 was also cancelled). The cancellation was due to the ongoing players labor strike which started on August 12, 1994. At the close of the regular season the Montreal Expos and New York Yankees were leading their individual leagues and both were expected to make it to the fall classic. If that had happened it would have been the Yankees first trip to the playoffs in 13 season (they hadn’t made it since losing the 1981 World Series) and the 3rd consecutive year a Canadian based team was featured in the series (the Toronto Blue Jays won the 1992 and 1993 World Series).

In my opinion, this strike changed the world of sports. Baseball at the time was seriously considered “America’s Pastime”. In regards to ratings and followership it definitely surpassed basketball and was a strong competitor for the NFL. Since the 1994 Strike, Major League Baseball has seen nothing but declining numbers year after year (minus the home run races). As a kid, I was an avid collector of baseball memorabilia, I attended live games at Comiskey Park (Chicago White Soxs), and even played the game myself hoping to make it to “the show”. Though I can’t accurately point my falling out of love with the game of baseball to the 1994 Strike, I can say that it had something to do with it.

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September 14, 2010 - Posted by | Chicago White Sox, Marcus Allen, MLB, Montreal Expos, NBA, New York Yankees, NFL, Oakland Raiders, This Day In Sports, Uncategorized, Washington Redskins

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