THIS WEEKEND IN SPORTS HISTORY
1874 - Major Walter Copton Wingfield patents a portable tennis court.
1899 - First motorcycle race is held, in Manhattan Beach, New York.
1899 - Southern California Golf Association forms.
1908 – St. Louis Browns’ pitcher Rube Waddell strikes out 16 Philadelphia Athletics’ players.
1924 - Paul Runyan wins the PGA golf championship.
1948 - The Games of the XIV Olympiad begin in London, England.
1955 - Smokey Burgess hits three home runs to help Pittsburgh Pirates beat Cincinnati Reds 16-5.
1956 - Cathy Cornelius wins the U.S. Women’s Golf Open in a playoff.
1965 - Major league record 26 strikeouts in a game: Philadelphia Phillies (16), Pittsburgh Pirates (10).
1974 – St. Louis Cardinals’ player Lou Brock steals his 700th base.
1978 - Penny Dean swims English Channel in record 7 hours, 40 minutes.
1983 - Steve Garvey ends his National League record 1,207 consecutive games played streak.
1986 - New York jury rules NFL violated antitrust laws, awards USFL $1 in damages.
1986 - Sparky Anderson becomes the first baseball manager to win 600 games in both the National and American Leagues.
1989 - Javier Sotomayor of Cuba sets high jump record (8 feet) in San Juan.
1989 - Philadelphia Phillies retire Steve Carlton’s No. 32.
1989 - Vince Coleman’s record streak stopped at 50 straight stolen bases.
1990 - Boston Red Sox set major league record with 12 doubles in a game.
2008 - Russia’s Yelena Isinbayeva breaks her own pole vault world record, clearing 5.04m at the Super Grand Prix meeting in Monaco.
1874 - First baseball teams to play outside USA, Boston and Philadelphia in British Isles.
1909 - John A. Heyder becomes president of baseball’s National League.
1930 - Uruguay beats Argentina 4-2 for FIFA soccer’s first World Cup in Montevideo.
1932 - The Games of the X Olympiad begin in Los Angeles, California.
1937 - Philadelphia Phillies’ Dolph Camilli plays first base and registers no put outs.
1960 - First AFL pre-season game: Boston Patriots defeat Buffalo Bills in Buffalo 28-7.
1966 - England beats Federal Republic of Germany 4-2 for soccer’s 8th World Cup in London, England.
1968 - Washington Senators’ Ron Hansen makes first unassisted triple-play in 41 years.
1976 - Japanese beats the USSR for Olympic gold in women’s volleyball.
1983 - Weightlifter Sergei Didyk of USSR jerks a record 261kg.
1988 - Cincinnati Reds’ pitcher John Franco sets a record of 13 saves in one month.
1990 - George Steinbrenner is forced by Commissioner Fay Vincent to resign.
Six-times the National League’s stolen base leader, Vince Coleman, who is the only player to have 100 stolen bases in a season in three consecutive years, finally got caught after 50 straight steals, 28 years ago today.