TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1904 Camille Jenatzy sets world auto speed record at 65.79 m.p.h. 1921 Cleveland Indians (9) and New York Yankees (7) hit a record 16 doubles. 1923 Philadelphia Phillies score 12 in 6th inning and beat Chicago Cubs 17-4. 1945 Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Athletics play 24 innings in a 1-1 tie. 1956 Cincinnati Reds’ pitcher Brooks Lawrence loses after 13 straight wins. 1973 Hank Aaron becomes second major league player to hit 700 home runs. 1975 Billy Martin fired as Texas Rangers’ manager. 1975 New York Mets’ Felix Milan hits four singles; erased by Joe Torres’ four double plays. 1984 Marita Koch of German Democratic Republic sets world women’s mark for 200-metres, 21.71s. 1989 Greg LeMond (U.S.) wins Tour de France in fastest time. 1989 Mike Tyson TKOs Carl (the Truth) Williams in 1:33 of first round. 1990 Goodwill Games opens in Seattle, Wash. 2006 New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez records his 2,000th career hit, and at the same time becomes the youngest player to bat 450 home runs. Later in the day, San Diego Padres catcher Mike Piazza also makes his 2,000th hit.
First-ballot Hall of Famer, 25-time All-Star, “Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron, who broke Babe Ruth’s all-time home run total of 714 on April 8, 1974 on his way to a career total of 755, smacked his 700th, 43 years ago today.