TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1852 First intercollegiate rowing race in USA, Harvard beats Yale by four lengths. 1881 US Nation Lawn Tennis Association removes “Nation” from name. 1930 For the second time in 1930, Chuck Klein of Philadelphia Phillies hits in 26 straight games. 1933 New York Yankees are shut out for first time in 308 games. 1949 Basketball Association of America and National Basketball League merge to form the National Basketball Association. 1952 Games of the XV Olympiad close in Helsinki, Finland. 1955 Automobile Association of America ends support of auto racing. 1956 Willie Williams of the U.S. sets 100-metre dash record at 10.1 seconds. 1959 The American League beats the National League, 5-3, in the 27th all-star game (Dodger Stadium). 1962 New York Mets’ Frank Thomas hits his sixth home run in three games. 1969 The Cincinnati Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 19-17. 1970 Four-day NFL strike ends. 1975 Louisiana Superdome is dedicated. 1980 Duke Snider and Al Kaline enter baseball’s Hall of Fame. 1982 Clyde King replaces Gene Michaels as New York Yankees manager. 1989 Fifth jockey to win 6,000 races (Jorge Valesquez). 1989 Cincinnati Reds send record 20 men to bat with a record 16 hits in one inning as they score 14 runs in the first. 1989 Rickey Henderson sets American League mark of 50 steals in nine seasons. 1990 New York Yankees’ player Kevin Mass sets record with 10th home run in first 72 at bats. 1991 Pan Am Games open in Havana, Cuba.
Rickey Henderson stole his 50th base for the ninth straight season, 28 years ago today.