Today in Sports History: March 27th

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(62,046 watched Jordan's Bulls visit Atlanta. Photo by Alan Mothner, AP Photos)

3/27/1902 - Call them the Cubs

The Chicago Daily News are the first to call the National League Chicago team the "Cubs." Prior to this, the team had been known as the Orphans, White Stockings, Colts, and Remnants. It would take a few years to catch on, but the nickname became popular and was officially adopted in 1907 -- thus giving them one of the most universally known team names in the country: the Chicago Cubs.

Going through multiple names was not uncommon for early baseball teams, and some even carried multiple nicknames at the same time. For instance, the Boston American League team was briefly known as the Pilgrims, Americans, Plymouth Rocks, Beaneaters, Collinsites, and Somersets before being universally known as the Red Sox.

3/27/1994 - Norman shoots -24

Greg Norman of Australia sets the course record at The Players Championship at Sawgrass. In the tournament known as the "fifth major," Norman shot 24 under par to blow away the competition, surpassing the previous course record of 18-under. He had only one bogey all tournament long and broke a record for consecutive holes without a bogey.

"In my 20 years out here, I don't think I've seen a player play as well for 72 holes," said Fuzzy Zoeller, who finished in second place. "He just did everything extremely well. He drove the ball exceptionally, putted exceptionally."

3/27/1998 - Bulls beat Hawks in front of 62,046

In one of the final regular season games of the season, the Chicago Bulls play in Atlanta and beat the Hawks, 89-74. A massive crowd of 62,046 fans -- the most for a regular season basketball game in history -- packed the Georgia Dome to see Michael Jordan for maybe the last time. Jordan scored 34 points and led the Bulls to their 54th win of the season.

The record was quite an accomplishment for two reasons. For one, the Hawks were never known for having a ravashing fanbase that sold out every game. For another, 8,000 seats at the Georgia Dome didn't even provide a view of the basketball court, but were sold nonetheless. It showed how great the selling prowess was of Michael Jordan's Bulls, who sold out every single game in 1998.

While this was the final time Jordan played in Atlanta in a Bulls' jersey, he later played there when he returned to the league with the Washington Wizards.

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