TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1877 The final match of the first tennis tournament at Wimbledon is held. W. Spencer Gore defeats William Marshall 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in 48 minutes.
1909 First baseman Neil Ball turns unassisted triple-play.
1927 Ty Cobb gets his 4,000th Major League Baseball hit.
1952 (to Aug. 3) The Games of the XV Olympiad are held in Helsinki, Finland.
1957 Don Bowden becomes first American to break four-minute mile (3:58.7).
1960 San Francisco Giants’ Juan Marichal debuts with a one hitter against Philadelphia Phillies.
1963 Philadelphia Phillies’ Roy Siever hits home run No. 300.
1973 Willie Mays named to National League all star team for 24th time (ties Stan Musial).
1977 National League beats American League 7-5 in 48th All Star Game (Yankee Stadium, New York).
1980 (to Aug. 3) The Games of the XXII Olympiad are held in Moscow, USSR. USA and other countries boycott the games due to the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.
1986 Cleveland Indians’ pitcher Phil Niekro wins his 307th game.
1990 Cincinnati Reds’ player Pete Rose is sentenced to five months for tax evasion.
1991 With New York Yankees victory, 10 of 14 American League teams are at .500 or better.
1994 Four 26-pound ceiling tiles fall from the roof of the Kingdome in Seattle, Washington, just hours before a scheduled Seattle Mariners game.
1996 (to Aug. 4) Games of the XXVI Olympiad are held in Atlanta, Ga.
Charmaine Crooks of Vancouver carries the Canadian flag to lead the Canadian team into the Olympic Stadium during opening ceremonies of the Games in Atlanta, 21 years ago today.