TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1929 Chicago Cardinals become first NFL team to train out of state (Michigan). 1931 Chicago White Sox score 11 runs in 8th inning to beat New York Yankees 14-12. 1933 NFL divides into two five-team divisions. 1940 New York Yankees player Charlie Keller hits three home runs to beat Chicago White Sox 10-9. 1971 Sixteen-time gold glove winner Brooks Robinson commits three errors in 6th inning. 1976 Chicago White Sox player John Odom (5 innings) and Francisco Barrios (4 innings) no-hits Oakland Athletics. 1979 Dave Kingman becomes 6th to have a second, three-home run game. 1984 The Games of the XXIII Olympiad begin in Los Angeles. 1988 New York Yankees’ Tommy John makes three errors on one play yet beats Milwaukee Brewers 16-3. 1991 Buffalo Bills beat Philadelphia Eagles, 17-13 in American Bowl football in Wembley. 1991 Montreal Expos’ Dennis Martinez pitches baseball’s 15th perfect game, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers. 1991 Miguel Indurain of Spain wins the Tour de France bicycle race. 2009 Gemma Spofforth sets a world record of 58.12 seconds in the 100m backstroke to win swimming gold at the World Championships in Rome, Italy. Canada’s Kylie Masse set a world record this week with a time of 58.10. 2009 Germany’s Paul Biedermann beats Michael Phelps in the men’s 200m freestyle final to win gold, setting a world record of 1:42.00 at the World Championships in Rome.
Four-time All-Star Dennis (El Presidente) Martinez is hugged by teammates after pitching a perfect game for the Montreal Expos over the LA Dodgers, 26 years ago today.