TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
SATURDAY 1889 John L Sullivan wins by knockout in 75 rounds in last bare-knuckle bout. 1898 Philadelphia Phillies’ pitcher Red Donahue no-hits Boston Beaneaters, 5-0. 1900 First night baseball, league game (Zanesville at Grand Rapids, Michigan). 1967 Billie Jean King concludes Wimbledon sweep (singles, doubles and mix). 1967 Helen Weston of Detroit bowls a record 4,585 in 24 games. 1970 San Francisco Giants’ Jim Ray Hart is eighth to get six RBIs in an inning (5th). 1973 New York Mets are 12.5 games back in National League, and go on to win the pennant. 1974 New York Yankees’ shortstop Jim Mason ties record with four doubles in nine innings. 1978 Björn Borg of Sweden wins third consecutive title at Wimbledon. 1984 John McEnroe beats Jimmy Connors for Wimbledon singles. 1990 Federal Republic of Germany defeats Argentina 1-0 for soccer’s 14th FIFA World Cup at Rome, Italy. 1990 Italy beats England in soccer’s FIFA World Cup consolation game. 1990 Stefan Edberg beats Boris Becker for Wimbledon title. 1996 Martina Hingis becomes the youngest person in history (age 15 years and 282 days) to win at Wimbledon in the Ladies’ Doubles event. 2007 Roger Federer wins the Men’s Singles at Wimbledon for the fifth time in a row. SUNDAY 1877 The All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club begins its first lawn tennis tournament at Wimbledon, outside of London. The tournament originates many rules of tennis, including court size, scoring of a game, wins in six game wins a set, and allowing a server fault. 1932 Boston Braves football team is formed. 1932 New York Yankees’ Ben Chapman hits two inside-the-park home runs, tying record. 1933 Frankford Yellowjackets sold, rechristened Philadelphia Eagles. 1948 Satchel Paige, 42, debuts in majors pitching two scoreless innings for Cleveland Indians. 1953 Philadelphia Phillies’ Robin Roberts ends streak of 28 consecutive complete games. 1969 Tom Seaver’s no-hit bid against Chicago Cubs ends with one out in the ninth. 1971 In the longest shutout in American League history, the Oakland Athletics’ beat the California Angels, 1-0 in a 20inning game. 1976 Houston Astros’ Larry Dierker no-hits Montreal Expos, 6-0. 1989 First time Wimbledon has both men and women’s final on same day. 2006 Italy wins the 2006 FIFA World Cup by beating France 5-3 on penalties. The score after extra time is 1-1.
Boxer John L Sullivan won his final bare-knuckle bout in the 75th round, 128 years ago today.