TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1864 Second Saratoga Racetrack (New York) opens. 1929 Philadelphia Phillies’ Don Hurst sets National League record of six consecutive games with a home run. 1932 Charlie Grimm replaces Roger Hornsby as manager of Chicago Cubs. 1938 First test of a yellow baseball (Brooklyn Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals). 1959 Milwaukee Braves’ Bill Bruton hits two bases-loaded triples. 1961 St. Louis Cardinals (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (Canadian Football League) 36-7 in Toronto. 1980 U.S. swimmers set three world records at national championships. 1985 Chicago White Sox backstop Carlton Fisk tags out two New York Yankee runners at home plate during the same play. 1986 Jackie Joyner-Kersee (U.S.) sets record for heptathlon (7,161 points). 1987 Cincinnati Reds’ Eric Davis becomes seventh and earliest 30-home-run, 30-steal man. 1987 Don Brown sets flight record for handbow (1,336 yards, 1 foot, 3 inches). 1987 Kevin Seitzer (Kansas City Royals), gets six hits in one baseball game. 1987 Michael Andretti runs fastest Indy car race in history (171.49 m.p.h.).
Jackie Joyner Kersee set the world record for the heptathlon (7,161 points), 31 years ago today.