TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1869 The Cincinnati Reds played their first baseball game, winning 41-7.
1894 A fire in Boston, Mass., destroyed the baseball stadium and spread to 170 other buildings.
1925 The first network radiocast (WHAS) of the Kentucky Derby was broadcast.
1932 The New York Yankees’ fourth straight shutout equalled a record held by the Cleveland Indians and Boston Braves.
1933 Cecil Travis became the first player to get five hits in his first game.
1939 The first American League night game was held at Philadelphia Shribe Park (Cleveland Indians 8, Philadelphia Athletics 3, in 10 innings).
1954 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias won the LPGA National Capital Golf Open.
1955 Heavyweight Rocky Marciano knocked out Don Cockell in nine rounds (San Francisco) for the heavyweight boxing title.
1957 New York Yankees involved in the Copacabana Incident, leading to Billy Martin being traded.
1967 Philadelphia voters approved a $13-million US bond issue to build a new stadium.
1972 Greg Luzinski’s 500-foot home run hit the Liberty Bell monument in Philadelphia’s Veteran Stadium.
1975 Muhammad Ali TKO’d Ron Lyle in 11 rounds for the heavyweight boxing title.
1976 The Montreal Canadiens swept the Philadelphia Flyers in four games in the Stanley Cup final.
1977 Muhammad Ali beat Alfredo Evangelist in 15 rounds for the heavyweight boxing title.
1979 The National League approved the Houston Astros sale from Ford Motors to John J. McMullen for $19 million US.
1980 The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Philadelphia 76ers, four games to two, for the 34th National Basketball Association title.
1984 Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton hit a grand slam homer.
1985 Michael Jordan was named NBA Rookie of Year.
1990 Juventus won the 19th UEFA Cup in Avellino.
1994 Tennis star Jennifer Capriati was arrested for possession of marijuana.
1996 Sammy Sosa was the first Chicago Cubs player to hit two home runs in one inning.
2006 For the fourth time in New York Yankees history, the team overcame a nine-run deficit, beating Texas, 14-13.
Sammy Sosa became the first Chicago Cub to hit two home runs in one inning, 21 years ago today.