Daily Archives: May 18, 2017

May 18 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
President Wilson signs the Selective Service Act of 1917, instituting a military draft.  The act designates the draft system as “selective service” rather than using the unpopular term “conscription.”  The draft will remain in effect until the end of the war.

1987
The San Antonio Spurs draw the #1 pick today for the June 22 draft lottery.  The Spurs plan to draft Navy’s David Robinson, who will not be available until 1989 after a two-year hitch in the Navy.  A jubilant Bob Bass, General Manager, exclaims, “We waited 14 years for a No. 1 pick, so what’s two more years?”

1997Peter-Holt-draft-1109-306x272
Ten years to the day after winning the lottery that provided them with Robinson, the Spurs hit the jackpot again on the lottery that would provide them with Tim Duncan (Spurs majority owner Peter Holt, right)