THIS WEEKEND IN SPORTS HIS­TORY

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

Satur­day 1845 More than 50,000 at­tend a horse race at Union course in Queen’s County, New York, see­ing Pey­tona of Ten­nessee beat Fash­ion, cham­pion of the North. 1905 James J. Jef­fries re­tires as box­ing cham­pion. 1911 37th Ken­tucky Derby: Ge­orge Archibald aboard Merid­ian wins in 2:05. 1953 New York Giants’ Wil­lie Mays and Dar­ryl Spencer each hit two home runs and a triple. 1954 Robin Roberts gives up a home run then re­tires the next 27 men in a row. 1955 Mickey Man­tle hits three con­sec­u­tive home runs of at least 463 feet. 1958 Stan Mu­sial is 8th Ma­jor League Base­ball bat­ter to get 3,000 hits. 1967 New York Yan­kees’ Mickey Man­tle hits ca­reer home run No. 500 off Bal­ti­more Ori­oles’ Stu Miller. 1967 Oc­tag­o­nal box­ing ring is tested to avoid cor­ner in­juries. 1973 Ten­nis hus­tler Bobby Riggs, 55, beats Mar­garet Smith Court 6-2, 6-1 in a Mother’s Day match at San Diego Coun­try Es­tate in Cal­i­for­nia, USA. Riggs wins a $5,000 bet that he could win. 1975 NHL Stan­ley Cup: Philadel­phia Fly­ers beat New York Is­lan­ders in seven games. 1976 Ninth and fi­nal ABA cham­pi­onship: New York Nets beat Den­ver Nuggets, 4 games to 2. 1979 San­dra Post wins LPGA Lady Mich­e­lob Golf Tour­na­ment. 1980 Cincin­nati Reds’ Ray Knight hits two home runs in 5th in­ning ver­sus New York Mets. 1982 Chicago Cubs win their 8,000th base­ball game (beat Hous­ton Astros). 1993 Kansas City Roy­als’ player Ge­orge Brett hits his 300th home­run. 1997 Ed­die Mur­ray is sixth base­ball player to play in 3,000 games. 2006 Liver­pool F.C. de­feats West Ham United F.C. on penal­ties in the 2006 FA Cup Fi­nal fol­low­ing a 3-3 draw af­ter ex­tra time. Sun­day 1874 Har­vard beats Univer­sity of McGill in foot­ball, 3-0. 1905 Sec­ond of­fi­cial in­ter­na­tional soc­cer match, Nether­lands beats Bel­gium 4-0. 1906 Flag pole at the Chicago White Sox ball­park breaks dur­ing pen­nant-rais­ing. 1918 Sun­day base­ball is made le­gal in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. 1920 New York Giants in­form New York Yan­kees that the lease al­low­ing them to play in the Polo Grounds will not be re­newed at end of 1920 sea­son. 1920 Wash­ing­ton Se­na­tors’ Wal­ter John­son wins his 300th game ver­sus Detroit Tigers. 1938 64th Preak­ness: Mau­rice Peters aboard Dauber wins in 1:59.8. 1972 In Wil­lie Mays’ first game as a New York Mets player, his homer beats the San Fran­cisco Giants, 5-4. 1977 Stan­ley Cup: Mon­treal Cana­di­ens sweep Bos­ton Bru­ins. 1981 35th NBA Cham­pi­onship: Bos­ton Celtics beat Hous­ton Rock­ets, 4 games to 2. 1983 Rosa Mota runs fe­male world record 20km (1:06:55.5). 1986 Reg­gie Jack­son hits his 537th home run pass­ing Mickey Man­tle into 6th place on the Ma­jor League Base­ball all-time home run list. 1988 Wim­ble­don wins the English FA Cup af­ter beat­ing Liver­pool 1-0 at Wem­b­ley. 1995 Ed­die Mur­ray of Cleve­land In­di­ans hits his 463rd ca­reer home run (ties for 18th). 2002 At the Latino-Amer­i­can Sta­dium, for­mer US Pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter throws the cer­e­mo­nial first pitch of the Cuban League All-Star game. In warm­ing up, Carter is coached by one-time big league pitch­ing prospect, Fidel Cas­tro. 2008 In Manch­ester, Eng­land, the fi­nal game of the UEFA Cup of soc­cer is held. Rus­sia’s Zenit St. Peters­burg de­feats Scot­land’s Glas­gow Rangers 2-0.

Mickey Man­tle hit three con­sec­u­tive homers, each trav­el­ing at least 463 feet, 62 years ago to­day.

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