TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1932 Cleveland Municipal Stadium opens. Philadelphia Athletics beat Cleveland Indians, 1-0. 1934 St. Louis Cardinals defeat Cincinnati Reds 8-6 in 18 innings. Pitchers Dizzy Dean and Tony Freitos go the distance. 1938 New York Yankees suspend Jake Powell after he said on Chicago radio he’d “hit every coloured person in Chicago over head with a club.” 1949 Lightning strikes a baseball field in Florida, killing the shortstop and third baseman. 1954 Milwaukee Braves’ Joe Adcock sets record of 18 total bases. 1972 Chicago White Sox player Dick Allen hits two inside-the-park-homers in Minnesota. 1973 ABA Virginia Squires trade Julius Erving to the New York Nets. 1981 The 50-day old baseball strike is settled as owners and players agree on a pooling systems for free-agents compensation. The all-star game will mark the end of baseball’s first mid-season work stoppage. 1982 Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Manny Trillo ends his errorless streak at 479 chances, a major-league record. 1983 Brooks Robinson, Juan Marichal, George Kell and Walter Alston are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. 1984 U.S. men’s gymnastics team wins team gold medal at Los Angeles Summer Olympics. 1988 Willie Stargell became 200th player inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame. 1990 Nolan Ryan becomes the 20th major league pitcher to win 300 games. 2005 Wade Boggs and Ryne Sandberg are enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Also inducted are San Diego Padres announcer Jerry Coleman, winner of the Ford C. Frick Award, and sportswriter and broadcast analyst Peter Gammon, recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award.
Seven-time all-star, National League MVP and two-time World Series winner with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Willie Stargell became the 200th player inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame, 29 years ago today.