TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
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.