This week in sports history

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Jan. 30 will mark the 10-year anniversary of Jacks head football coach Rob Smith’s hiring. Smith has earned the conference’s Coach of the Year award four times and guided Humboldt State University to national recognition since being hired in 2008.

Feb. 2, 1892 was the longest boxing match under modern rules ever recorded. The match lasted 77 rounds in Nameoki, Illinois between Harry Sharpe & Frank Crosby.

On Feb. 3, 1876 Albert Spalding, with only $800, started his sporting goods company manufacturing the first official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf ball and football. The balls are still being used to this day in professional sports.

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