The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

1859 At a race­track on Long Is­land, about 1,500 fans be­come the first to pay to see a base­ball game. The spec­ta­tors spend 50 cents to watch New York de­feat Brook­lyn, 22-18.

1912 Phil­a­del­phia Phillies’ Sherry Magee steals home twice in one game.

1923 New York Yan­kees hit into a triple play, but beat the Phil­a­del­phia Ath­let­ics, 9-2.

1938 Fin­land is awarded 1940 Olympic Games af­ter Ja­pan with­draws.

1956 New York Yan­kees’ pitcher Whitey Ford ties Amer­i­can League record of six straight strike­outs.

1970 Los An­ge­les An­gels’ Bill Singer no-hits Phil­a­del­phia Phillies, 5-0.

1976 Hank Aaron hits his last big league homer, his 755th and es­tab­lishes the all-time ma­jor-league record for ca­reer home runs.

1984 Uwe Hohn of East Ger­many throws javelin a record 104.8 me­tres.

1987 New York Yan­kees’ Don Mat­tingly ties first-base ma­jors field­ing record (Hal Chase, 1906) with 22 putouts.

2006 At Coney Is­land, in a New York-Penn League game be­tween the Oneonta Tigers and the Brook­lyn Cy­clones, the Tigers win by 6-1 af­ter 26 in­nings, last­ing six hours and 40 min­utes. This is the third-long­est game by in­nings in pro base­ball his­tory.

2010 The New Jer­sey Devils and Rus­sian left-winger Ilya Ko­valchuk agree to a land­mark 17-year, $102-mil­lion US­con­tract, but the NHL re­jects it hours later, say­ing it cir­cum­vents the salary cap by pay­ing more in early years and less later.

Two-time all-star Bill Singer, who threw the very first pitch ever for the Toronto Blue Jays in April 1977, recorded his only no-hit­ter as a mem­ber of the Los An­ge­les Dodgers, 47 years ago to­day.

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