TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1869 Heavy rain postpones the Red Stockings baseball game against the Anioch Nine; first rainout in professional baseball. 1913 Alexis Ahlgren runs world record marathon (2:36:06.6). 1942 25th PGA championship: Sam Snead wins at Seaview CC in Atlantic City, N.J. 1948 Tommy Lasorda strikes out 25 Amsterdam Rugmakers (in 15 innings). 1949 31st PGA Championship: Sam Snead at Hermitage Country Club, Richmond, Va. 1949 Charley Lupica begins his stay on a four-foot-square platform atop a 60-foot pole, vowing to remain there until Cleveland Indians clinch a pennant. (They don’t, and he comes down 117 days later.) 1956 A Mickey Mantle home run just misses (18 inches) clearing the roof at Yankee Stadium. 1975 Fred Newman makes 12,874 baskets in a one-day basketball exhibition. 1983 37th NBA championship: Philadelphia 76ers sweep Los Angeles Lakers in four games. 1985 New Orleans Saints franchise is sold for $70,204,000 US. 1986 The 1986 FIFA World Cup begins in Mexico. 1987 Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 3. 1996 FIFA decides to give the 2002 World Cup to Japan and South Korea, becoming the first one with co-host countries in the history of the event, as well as the first one in Asia. 1997 Canadian Donovan Bailey beats American Michael Johnson in a 150-metre race. 2002 The 2002 FIFA World Cup begins, co-hosted by South Korea and Japan. 2008 Usain Bolt of Jamaica sets a world record of 9.72 seconds in the 100-metre sprint at the Reebok Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium in New York.
Donovan Bailey looks back at Michael Johnson as the Canadian pulls away during a 150-metre showdown at SkyDome in Toronto to determine the world’s fastest man, 20 years ago today.