THIS WEEKEND IN SPORTS HISTORY
Saturday 1912 Games of the V Olympiad in Stockholm closes. 1923 Walter Johnson becomes the first to strikeout 3,000 in Major League Baseball. 1926 Cincinnati Reds’ Curt Walker ties record of two triples in an inning. 1955 Philadelphia Phillies longest win streak since 1892 hits 11. 1962 Chicago White Sox player Floyd Robinson goes 6 for 6 (all singles). 1967 Atlanta Braves use a record five pitchers in the 9th inning. 1969 For the first time in Major League Baseball history, the All-star game is postponed by rain. 1973 Sue Berning wins her third US Golf Open championship. 1984 Kathy Whitworth wins a record 85th pro golf tournament. 1987 Said Aouita of Morroco sets the 5 km record (12:58.39) in Rome, Italy. 1990 Greg LeMond of US wins bicycling’s third Tour de France. 1990 Nick Faldo of England wins the British Open championship. 2006 Canada defeats USA 15-11 in the 2006 World Lacrosse Championship. This marks only the second time the USA had not won the gold medal, and only the second time Canada had won the gold. Geoff Snider is announced as Most Valuable Player. 2007 Yokozuna Asashoryu conquers the Emperor’s Cup at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament (Nagoya Basho) in Nagoya, Japan. Sunday 1866 The Cincinnati Baseball club (The Reds) is established. 1881 The Federation Internationale de Gymnastique (international sport federation) is founded. 1921 Edward Gourdin of the U.S. sets long jump record at 25 feet 2.75 inches. 1931 France announces it can’t afford to send a team to 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. 1972 Eddy Merckx (Belgium) wins his fourth consecutive Tour de France. 1976 Baltimore Orioles’ player Reggie Jackson homers in 6th straight game. 1978 Philadelphia Phillies’ Steve Carlon becomes 78th pitcher to win 200. 1987 Petra Felke (German Democratic Republic) throws javelin 78.89 metres (women’s record). 1987 Said Aouita of Morocco runs world record 5,000 metres (12:58.39). 1988 Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Dave Ridgway kicks record eight field goals versus Edmonton Eskimos. 2002 Vittorio Innocente cycles a record depth underwater, 52.5m down on the ocean floor off Genoa, Italy. 2006 — Phonak team rider, American cyclist Floyd Landis wins the Tour de France; however, tour officials soon announce that he has failed a doping test.
Belgium’s Eddy Merckx, regarded as the greatest and most successful rider in the history of cycling, won the fourth of his five Tour de France titles, 45 years ago Sunday.