TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1894 Bobby Lowe is first to hit four home runs in one baseball game. 1913 John McGraw joins Fred Clarke, Cap Anson, Frank Selee, and Connie Mack as Major League Baseball managers who have won 1,000 games. 1922 Chicago Cubs swap Max Flack for St. Louis Cardinals Cliff Heathcote during the middle of a doubleheader. Both play for both teams that day. 1925 Peter DePaolo becomes first man to average over 100 mph at Indianapolis 500. 1925 Roger Hornsby replaces Branch Rickey as manager of St. Louis Cardinals. 1927 Walter Johnson records 113th and last shutout of his career. 1935 Babe Ruth’s final Major League Baseball game, goes hitless for Boston Braves against Philadelphia Phillies. Ruth played 22 seasons, winning 10 World Series tournaments, and scoring 714 home runs. 1937 61,756, second-largest crowd in Polo Grounds history, sees Brooklyn Dodgers end Carl Hubbell’s consecutive-game winning streak at 24 over two seasons. 1942 Satchel Paige pitches five innings to defeat Dizzy Dean All-Stars 8-1. 1953 First Major League Baseball TV network baseball game: Cleveland Indians 7, Chicago White Sox 2. 1969 Derek Clayton runs world record marathon (2:08:33.6) at Antwerp, Belgium. 1971 Willie Mays hits his 638th home run, sets National League record of 1,950 runs scored. 1973 Ajax wins third Europe Cup. 1976 Bobby Unser sets world record for the fastest pit stop (4 seconds). 1977 Cleveland Indians’ Dennis Eckersley no-hits California Angels, 2-0. 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers are quickest to get 1,000,000 attendence (22 games). 1983 American League president Lee MacPhail suspends New York Yankees’ owner George Steinbrenner for one week, for his public criticism of umpires. 1985 Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 1. 1986 Bobby Rahal is first to average over 170mph in the Indianapolis 500. 1987 Mike Tyson TKOs Pinklon Thomas in six rounds for World Boxing Council heavyweight boxing title. 1987 Tony Tucker TKOs Buster Douglas in ten rounds for International Boxing Federation heavyweight boxing title. 1996 Albert Belle uses a forearm to break up a double-play and nearly breaks Milwaukee Brewers’ second baseman Fernando Vina’s nose. Belle gets a two-game suspension. 1997 Ken Dryden becomes president of NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs. 2008 The Boston Celtics advance to the NBA finals with their 89-81 Game 6 win over the Detroit Pistons.
Satchel Paige threw five innings to defeat Dizzy Dean’s All-Stars 8-1, 75 years ago today.