TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1900 Michel Théato wins 2nd Olympic marathon (2:59:45). 1902 New York Giants lose their 1st game under new manager John McGraw. 1903 1st Tour de France won by Maurice Garin of France. 1909 Cleveland shortstop Neal Ball executes an unassisted triple-play. 1910 Cleveland Indian baseball player Cy Young registers 500th career victory against Washington, 5-4 in 11 innings. 1914 Boston Braves begin drive from last to first place in NL. 1918 Washington catcher Eddie Ainsmith applies for deferment from the draft, but Secretary of War, Newton D. Baker, rules baseball players are not draft exempt. 1925 19th Tour de France won by Ottavio Bottecchia of Italy. 1927 Ty Cobb gets his 4,000th hit. 1933 First time brothers on opposite teams homer in the same game. Boston Red Sox Rick Ferrell homers off brother, pitcher Wes of Cleveland, who also hits a home run. 1936 Cleveland Indians’ Bob Feller makes his major league debut in relief. 1942 German occupiers confiscate bicycles in Rotterdam and Hague 1952 15th Olympic Games open in Helsinki, Finland. 1952 39th Tour de France won by Fausto Coppi of Italy. 1958 45th Tour de France won by Charly Gaul of Luxembourg. 1964 46th PGA Championship: Bobby Nichols shoots a 271 at Columbus CC, Ohio. 1970 57th Tour de France won by Eddy Merckx of Belgium. 1973 Willie Mays named to NL all-star team for 24th time, ties Stan Musial. 1980 22nd Olympic Games open in Moscow. The U.S. and other countries, including Canada, boycott. 1981 110th British Open: Bill Rogers shoots a 276 at Royal St George. 1981 68th Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France. 1986 Cleveland Indian pitcher Phil Niekro wins his 307th game. 1986 Tim Witherspoon KOs Frank Bruno in 11 for heavyweight boxing title. 1987 116th British Open: Nick Faldo shoots a 279 at Muirfield. 1989 Cleveland Indians’ Joe Carter has his 4th three-home run game. 1990 Cincinnati Red Pete Rose is jailed five months for tax evasion. 1990 Dave Raghetti pitches in his 499th game as a New York Yankee, passing Whitey Ford in most appearances as a Yankee. 1996 26th Olympic Games open in Atlanta, Georgia. 1998 127th British Open: Mark O’Meara shoots a 280 at Royal Birkdale. 2009 138th British Open: Stewart Cink shoots a 278 at Ailsa Course.
Nick Faldo,thecurrent lead commentatorfor CBS and TheGolf Channel, and winner of six major championships, won his first major and first ofthree at The Open Championship, 29 years ago today.