TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1936 (to Aug. 16) The Games of the XI Olympiad are held in Berlin, Germany. 1950 First Major League baseball player to fight in Korea (Curt Simmons). 1950 American Bowling Congress ends all-white-males rule. 1957 Glen Gorbous throws a baseball a record 136 metres (445 feet 10 inches). 1959 New Continental baseball league formed. 1962 Boston Red Sox player Bill Monboquette no-hits Chicago White Sox, 1-0. 1970 Willie Stargell (Pittsburgh Pirates) ties record of five extra base hits in a game. 1972 Nate Colbert of San Diego Padres hits record-tying five home runs in a doubleheader. 1973 Thurman Munson and Carleton Fisk get into a brawl at Fenway Park. 1974 Virginia Squires trade Julius (Dr J) Erving to the New York Nets. 1975 Billy Martin is named manager of New York Yankees, replacing Bill Virdon. 1976 Seattle Seahawks play first (pre-season) soccer game (San Francisco Gales 27, Seattle 20). 1978 Pete Rose goes hitless, ends his 44-game hitting streak (ties National League record). 1980 Gerd Wessig of German Democratic Republic sets the high jump record. 1982 Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, Travis Jackson, and Happy Chandler, are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. 1982 American Greg Louganis becomes first diver to score 700 (752.67) in 11 dives. 1986 Minnesota Twins’ pitcher Bert Blyleven becomes the 10th major-league pitcher to record 3,000 strikeouts. 1987 Crossbow bolt flight record (2,005 yards 1 foot 9 inches) set by Harry Drake in Nevada. 1987 Mike Tyson beats Tony Tucker to become undisputed boxing champ. 1996 At the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, Michael Johnson breaks the 200m world record by 0.30 seconds, with a time of 19.32 seconds. 2005 Rafael Palmeiro of the Baltimore Orioles becomes the highest profile player to be suspended for violating the Major League Baseball steroids policy.
Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Willie Stargell tied a record when he collected five extra-base hits in a game, 47 years ago today.