The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTING LIFE -

1896 Ed De­la­hanty be­comes the sec­ond ma­jor-league player to hit four home runs in a game. 1934 Babe Ruth hits home-run No. 700 against Detroit Tigers. 1943 First All Star night game (Amer­i­can League beats Na­tional League, 5-4, at Shribe Park in Phil­a­del­phia). 1954 Pitcher Dean Stone gets credit for Amer­i­can League win, al­though he didn’t re­tire a bat­ter; he threw out Shoen­di­enst try­ing to steal home. Amer­i­can League beats Na­tional League, 11-9, in the 21st all-star game. 1963 Early Wynn wins his 300th and last game at age 43. 1972 Los An­ge­les Rams (Ir­say) and Bal­ti­more Colts (Rosen­bloom) swap own­ers. 1973 Bobby Murcer’s three homers ac­count for all the runs bat­ted in, beat­ing the Kansas City Roy­als, 5-0. 1976 Na­tional League beats Amer­i­can League 7-1 in 47th all-star game (Veteran’s Sta­dium, Phil­a­del­phia). 1982 In the first all-star game played out­side the United States, the Na­tional League records its 11th straight win beat­ing Amer­i­can League at Mon­treal’s Olympic Sta­dium, 4-1. 1984 The New York Yan­kees re­tire Roger Maris (No. 9) and El­ston Howard (No. 32) uni­form num­bers. The team also erects plaques in their hon­our to pay trib­ute to their achieve­ments. 1984 Sergei Bubka of USSR pole-vaults a record 5.89 me­tres. 2001 Bei­jing wins the bid to host the 2008 Sum­mer Olympics. 2007 The 15th Pan Am Games opens in Rio de Janeiro. 2010 The 81st all-star game of Ma­jor League Base­ball is played at An­gel Sta­dium in Ana­heim, Calif., with the Na­tional League de­feat­ing the Amer­i­can League, 3-1, for the first time since 1996.

Bobby Murcer hit three home runs and drove in all of New York’s runs in a vic­tory over Kansas City, 44 years ago today.

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