This date in FOX Sports Arizona history

On Sept. 7, 1996, FOX Sports Arizona hit the airwaves with our first telecast — a Pac-10 football showdown between Washington and Arizona State. Check back with us daily as we recount some of the top sports moments in Arizona during our 20 years of serving the state’s sports fans.

May 31

The D-backs turn the first triple play in franchise history in a 6-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Steve Finley caught a Mark McGwire fly ball and threw out Placido Polanco at the plate as he tried to score. Catcher Damian Miller then threw to third base, where shortstop Tony Womack tagged out Edgar Renteria as he tried to advance on the throw home.


In his final major-league at-bat, Matt Williams delivered a pinch-hit single to score Junior Spivey in the D-backs’ 8-7 loss to San Diego. He was designated for assignment and released the next day and would announce his retirement eight days later.

Matt Williams


Brandon Webb extends his scoreless streak to 25 innings by pitching seven shutout innings against the Mets, but neither he nor Mets starter Pedro Martinez is around for the finish. The Mets win it 1-0 in the 13th inning.

May 30

The Suns square the Western Conference Finals at 2-2 with a 106-86 victory over the Mavericks. Leandro Barbosa leads the way with 24 points, making 10 of 13 shots.

May 29

After playing 17 scoreless innings against the Giants, Erubiel Durazo doubled home Steve Finley with one out in the top of the 18th to give the D-backs a 1-0 victory at Pacific Bell Park.


Kobe Bryant scores 37 points as the Lakers close out the Western Conference Finals with a 111-103 victory over the Suns in Phoenix, giving the Lakers a 4-2 series victory.


Josh Collmenter faced the minimum 27 batters in an 4-0 victory over the Reds. Collmenter allowed three hits, but all three base-runners were erased on double-plays.

Josh Collmenter

May 25

Nine days after being called up from Double-A Mobile, rookie Mark Reynolds goes 5 for 5 with two home runs and five RBI in a 13-3 victory over Houston.

Mark Reynolds.

May 24

Boris Diaw scores a career-high 34 points and hits the go-ahead basket with 0.5 seconds left to lead the Suns to a 121-118 victory over the Mavericks in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. Steve Nash added 27 points and 16 assists as the Suns outscored Dallas 16-4 over the game’s final 3:43.

May 23

Amar’e Stoudemire totals 42 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Suns to a 118-109 victory over the Lakers in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, cutting the Lakers’ series lead to 2 games to 1.

The Suns cut the Lakers lead in the Western Conference finals to 2-1 with a 118-109 victory in Phoenix on May 23, 2010.

May 22

The Suns lose the opener of the Western Conference Finals at home to the San Antonio Spurs, falling 121-114 despite a 41-point night from Amar’e Stoudemire.

Amar’e Stoudemire battles Tim Duncan for a rebound.


Dustin Penner scores the game-winning goal in overtime as the Los Angeles Kings defeat the Coyotes 4-3 in Glendale to win the Western Conference Finals 4 games to 1 and end the most successful season in Coyotes franchise history.

The Coyotes and Kings shake hands after the Kings eliminated the Coyotes in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. (Bruce Yeung photo)

“It’s very disappointing,” Coyotes captain Shane Doan said. “I’ve been knocked out in the first round a lot, and you think that it’s going to feel better when you get to the next round, but I don’t care when you get knocked out; it feels awful and you don’t want to be part of it.”

May 20

Steve Nash scores eight points in the final minute of regulation as the Suns beat the Mavericks 130-126 for a 4-2 series victory and a trip to the Western Conference finals.


Shane Doan scored two goals and Mike Smith made 36 saves as the Coyotes stay alive in the Western Conference finals with a 2-0 victory over the Kings in Game 4.

May 18

Luis Gonzalez goes hitless in an 8-3 loss at San Francisco, ending his 30-game hit streak. Gonzalez was the 37th player in major-league history to hit in at least 30 consecutive games. Gonzalez had 7 home runs, 46 hits, 25 RBI and a .400 batting average during the streak.


Randy Johnson becomes the 16th player in major-league history to throw a perfect game, setting down all 27 Atlanta Braves to come to the plate. Johnson needed 115 pitches to complete the perfecto, striking out Eddie Perez with a 98 mph fastball for the final out and his 13th strikeout in the game.


Steve Nash records the first playoff triple-double of his career (34 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists) to lead the Suns to a 114-108 victory over the Mavericks and a 3-2 advantage in their Western Conference semfinal series.


The Spurs wrap up a contentious Western Conference semifinal series against the Suns with a 114-106 win in Game 6, leaving the Suns and their fans to wonder what might have been had Amar’e Stoudemire and Boris Diaw not been suspended from Game 5.

Steve Nash and Tim Duncan share an embrace after the Spurs eliminated the Suns in Game 6.

“We’ll never know. What can I say? Part of me wants to be a sportsman and give them credit. They beat us,” Steve Nash said. “At the same time I can’t really answer that question because I don’t know what the outcome might have been.”

May 17

In just his second game of the season, following recovery from wrist surgery, first baseman Erubiel Durazo blasts three home runs and drives in a D-backs record 9 runs in a 12-9 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Durazo hit homers off of Terry Adams, Greg Swindell and Rheal Cormier and capped his night with a three-run double in the eighth inning.

Erubiel Durazo

“I hit the ball pretty good today,” he said, in an understatement.


The Los Angeles Kings rally from a 1-0 deficit to beat the Coyotes 2-1 and take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. Dwight King scored the game-winner 1:47 into the third.

The Coyotes scored first but were unable to protect the lead in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, losing 2-1 on Dwight King’s third-period goal.

May 16

Shawn Marion totals 36 points and 20 rebounds in 54 minutes as the Suns beat the Clippers 125-118 in double-overtime to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.


Fans at America West Arena share this message with commissioner David Stern after Amar’e Stoudemire is forced to sit out Game 5 of the Suns’ series vs. the Spurs on May 16, 2007.

The Spurs take a 3-2 lead on the Suns with an 88-85 victory at America West Arena as the Suns are forced to play without suspended Amar’e Stoudemire and Boris Diaw. The Suns led by 16 in the second period and 79-71 midway through the fourth quarter before running out of gas.

May 15

Steve Nash scores a career-high 48 points, but the Suns suffer a 119-109 loss to Dallas, leaving the Western Conference semifinals tied at 2-2.

Steve Nash had a career-high 48 points in the Suns’ loss to Dallas in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals on May 15, 2005.


Brandon Webb makes it nine wins in his first nine starts, striking out eight batters in an 8-5 win over Colorado.

Brandon Webb improves to 9-0 with a victory over Colorado on May 15, 2008.

May 14

Curt Schilling records his second consecutive shutout, striking out 14 batters in a 2-0 victory over the Phillies in Veterans Stadium.

Curt Schilling


The Suns beat the Spurs 104-98 to even up their Western Conference semifinal series at 2-2, but the final seconds of the game prove to be among the most reviled in franchise history by Suns’ fans.

It started with a dirty foul by Robert Horry on Steve Nash, leading to Nash defending himself, and then to Amar’e Stoudemire and Boris Diaw leaving the Suns bench area as tempers flared. Ultimately, it would result in one-game suspensions for Stoudemire and Diaw for Game 5 in Phoenix — an 88-85 Spurs win that turned the tide in the series.

May 13

Gerardo Parra, making his major-league debut, homers in his first at-bat to become the second Diamondbacks player and 100th in MLB history to hit a home run in his first plate appearance.


The Coyotes suffer a 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals in Glendale.

May 12

The Diamondbacks hit three home runs and score five times in the ninth inning to beat the Montreal Expos 8-6 — winning on a walk-off home run by Matt Williams. It was the third walk-off home run in three nights for the D-backs. The night before it was Luis Gonzalez, and the night before that, Jay Bell walked-off the Expos.

May 11

Joe Johnson crashes face first to the floor after a flagrant foul by Dallas’ Jerry Stackhouse and suffers a displaced fracture of his left orbital bone in a 108-106 loss to the Mavericks  in the second game of the Western Conference semifinals. The injury would sideline him for the next two weeks.

Joe Johnson was out for two weeks after a flagrant foul by Jerry Stackhouse resulted in a fractured orbital bone.

May 10

Mike D’Antoni resigns as Suns head coach and vice president of basketball operations to become head coach with the New York Knicks. D’Antoni led the Suns to three Pacific Division championships and a 253-136 record in four-plus seasons, including four consecutive seasons with at least 54 wins.

Mike D’Antoni takes over as head coach of the Knicks on May 10, 2008.

May 9

>>Mike D’antoni wins NBA Coach of the Year Award after leading the Suns to 62 wins, a 33-win improvement over the previous season.

Amar’e Stoudemire had 40 points and 16 rebounds as the Suns took Game 1 from the Mavericks.

>>Amar’e Stoudemire scores 40 points and pulls down 16 rebounds in the Suns’ 127-102 victory over Dallas in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.


The Suns conclude a four-game sweep of the Spurs in the Western Conference semifinals with a 107-101 victory in San Antonio. Amar’e Stoudemire leads the way with 29 points. Steve Nash finished the game with a bloodied, swollen and bandaged face, after catching an inadvertent elbow above the eye from Spurs center Tim Duncan.

A bandaged Steve Nash has plenty to smile about after the Suns finish off a four-game sweep of the Spurs on May 9, 2010.

May 8

Randy Johnson strikes out 20 Cincinnati Reds in nine innings but is deprived of his place in the record books because the game went longer than nine innings, with the Diamondbacks pulling out a 4-3 win in the 11th. A replay of Johnson’s 20-strikeout game will air on FOX Sports Arizona tonight at 7 p.m.


Steve Nash edges out future teammate Shaquille O’Neal and becomes the second Phoenix Sun to win the NBA’s MVP Award, joining Charles Barkley. Nash averaged 15.5 points and an NBA-best 11.5 assists while leading the Suns to a 33-win improvement over the 2003-04 season.

Jerry Colangelo presents the 2004-05 Most Valuable Player trophy to Steve Nash.


Goran Dragic scores 23 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Suns to a 110-96 victory over the Spurs and a 3-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series.

May 7

The Coyotes advance to the Western Conference finals by closing out the Nashville Predators 2-1 in Game 5 of their playoff series.


The Suns hire Celtics assistant GM Ryan McDonough as their general manager.

Ryan McDonough

May 6

Suns point guard Steve Nash is named NBA Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive year.

Steve Nash (right) with then-NBA Commissioner David Stern


Leandro Barbosa scores 26 points and Boris Diaw has 21, nine assists and six rebounds as the Suns wallop the Lakers 121-90 in Game 7 of their opening-round playoff series. The Suns’ third consecutive victory wipes out a 3-1 deficit and advances them to a Western Conference semifinal series against the Clippers.

May 5

Steve Finley hit a pair of home runs and Matt Williams hit the 12th and final grand slam of his career in the D-backs’ 10-1 victory over the Phillies.


The Coyotes name 26-year-old John Chayka as general manager, making him the youngest general manager in pro sports history.

May 4

Grant Fuhr makes 35 saves and Pierre Turgeon scores 18 minutes into overtime as the Blues eliminate Coyotes with 1-0 overtime victory in Game 7. It was the Coyotes’ third consecutive loss — two in overtime — after they had taken a 3-1 lead in the series.

Pierre Turgeon celebrates his series-winning overtime goal.


With the Suns down 3-2 to the Lakers and facing elimination, Steve Nash scores 32 points and the Suns pour in 21 points in overtime to defeat Los Angeles 126-118. Kobe Bryant, taking advantage of Raja Bell being suspended because of a clothesline, scored 50 in a losing effort for L.A.

Steve Nash and the Suns beat the Lakers in overtime in Game 6, despite 50 points from Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.


Shane Doan scores the game’s only goal and Mike Smith stops 25 shots as the Coyotes beat the Predators 1-0 to take a 3-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series.

May 3

Brandon Webb wins NL Pitcher of the Month Award for April, going 6-0 with a 1.98 ERA.

Brandon Webb was 6-0 with a 1.98 ERA in April 2008.

May 2

The Coyotes fail for a second time to close out the St. Louis Blues, losing 5-3 in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series and forcing a Game 7 in Phoenix.


Boris Diaw scores 25 points as the Suns, down 3-1 to the Lakers in their first-round playoff series, stave off elimination with a 114-97 victory in Game 5. The chippy game might best be remembered for Suns guard Raja Bell getting ejected after tossing Kobe Bryant to the floor in response to getting elbowed by Bryant.

Kobe Bryant and Raja Bell mix it up during Game 5 of the playoffs.

“It’s been a pretty physical series, and at that point in time
I had caught another elbow in the jaw and I lost my head and
overreacted to it,” Bell said. “It could have cost my team, and
for that I’m sorry.”


Amar’e Stoudemire has 27 points and 16 rebounds as the Suns eliminate the Lakers for the second year in a row, closing out their opening-round playoff series in five games with a 119-100 victory.

May 1

Suns forward Rodney Rogers wins the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award after averaging 13.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

Rodney Rogers


Joe Johnson scores 25 points to lead the Suns to a 123-115 win over Memphis and a four-game sweep of their first-round playoff series.

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