TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1878 Paul Hines completes the first unassisted triple-play in organized baseball. 1906 Philadelphia A’s pitcher Chief Benders plays outfield and hits 2 home runs. 1907 Boston’s Big Jeff Pfeffer no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 6-0. 1907 Tommy Burns beats Jack O’Brien in 20 for heavyweight boxing title. 1915 41st Kentucky Derby: Joe Notter aboard Regret wins in 2:05.4. 1920 46th Kentucky Derby: Ted Rice aboard Paul Jones wins in 2:09. 1925 50th Preakness: Clarence Kummer aboard Coventry wins in 1:59. 1926 Fire breaks out in Fenway Park. 1929 New York Giant Carl Hubbell nohits Pittsburgh Pirates, 11-0. 1935 Cincinnati Red Ernie Lombardi doubles in 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 15-4. 1936 Jockey Ralph Neves unexpectedly revived after being declared dead after a fall. His wife fainted when he returned to track. 1937 63rd Kentucky Derby: Charley Kurtsinger on War Admiral wins 2:03.2. 1942 In the first twilight game in 24 years, the Brooklyn Dodgers top the New York Giants 7-6 raising $60,000 for Navy Relief Fund. 1943 68th Preakness: Johnny Longden aboard Count Fleet wins in 1:57.4. 1947 A movement among St. Louis Cardinal players to protest its first game against Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers is aborted by a talk from owner Sam Breadon. 1967 Muhammad Ali is indicted for refusing induction in U.S. army. 1970 NBA championship: the New York Knicks beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 113-99 1973 Ernie Banks fills in for Chicago Cubs manager Whitey Lockman who is ejected during the game, technically becoming baseball’s first African American manager. 1974 FC Magdenburg of East Germany wins 14th European Cup Winner’s Cup against AC Milan of Italy 2-0 in Rotterdam. 1984 Minnesota Twins Kirby Puckett debuts with 4 singles. 1984 U.S.S.R. announces it will not participate in Los Angeles Summer Olympics. 1988 Amateur referees work New Jersey Devil-Boston Bruin playoff games, as NHL referees walk-out, due to a restraining order brought by Devils. 1989 Paul McCartney releases remake of “Ferry Cross the Mersey” in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 95 Liverpool football fans. 1993 Lennox Lewis beats Tony Tucker in 12 for heavyweight boxing title. 1996 Paris Saint-Germain of France wins 36th European Cup Winner’s Cup against Rapid Wien of Austria 1-0 in Brussels. 2013 Sir Alex Ferguson announces his retirement as Manchester United’s manager at the end of the season.
Lennox Lewis, a Canadian born in London, England, who won gold medals in the super-heavyweight categories at the 1986 Commonwealth Games and the 1988 Olympic Games, defeated Tony Tucker for the heavyweight boxing title, 24 years ago today.