TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1906 — Birth of Leo Durocher in Massachusetts; baseball manager (Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants). 1920 — Resolute beats Shamrock IV (England) in 14th running of America’s Cup. 1924 — Games of the VIII Olympiad closes in Paris. 1946 — Boston Red Sox player Rudy York hits two grand slams in one game. 1948 — Birth of Peggy Fleming in San Jose, Calif.; ice figure skater (Olympicgold, 1968). 1972 — NHL star Maurice (Rocket) Richard signs with WHL Quebec Nordiques. 1973 — Walter Blum becomes 6th jockey to ride 4,000 winners. 1984 — Pete Rose passes Ty Cobb as the Major Baseball League all-time single base hit leader as he collects his 3,053rd. 1986 — Greg LeMond wins the Tour de France. 1989 — Atlanta Braves’ Dale Murphy is 10th player to get six RBIs in an inning. 1996 — The Centennial Olympic Park bombing at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta kills one and injures 111. 2008 — Carlos Sastre wins the Tour de France. 2008 — Rafael Nadal wins his second Rogers Cup tennis championship in Toronto, with a 6-3, 6-2 win over German Nicolas Kiefer. In the men’s doubles final, Toronto’s Daniel Nestor and partner Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia defeat Americans Bob and Mike Bryan 6-2, 4-6, 10-6. 2008 — Relief pitcher Rich (Goose) Gossage and former manager Dick Williams are inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Peggy Fleming wasborn in San Jose, Calif., on this date in 1948. The figure skater won Olympic gold in 1968.