TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
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.