TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
SATURDAY 1921 First radio baseball broadcast, Harold Arlin on KDKA radio Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Pirates beat Philadelphia Phillies 8-5. 1927 Philadelphia Phillies’ Cy Williams hits for the cycle in just four at bats. 1936 At Berlin Olympics, Jesse Owens wins his third Olympic medal. 1937 Ranger (US) beats Endeavour II (England) in 17th America’s Cup. 1954 Vancouver hosts the British Empire Games. 1954 Boxing Hall of Fame’s first election selects 24 modern and 15 pioneers. 1959 Chicago Cardinals (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts 55-26 in Toronto. 1960 Detroit Tigers trade manager Jimmy Dykes for Cleveland Indians’ manager Joe Gordon. 1961 Chicago Bears (NFL) beat Montreal Alouettes 34-16 in Montreal. 1969 Pittsburgh Pirates’ player Willie Stargell becomes the first player to hit a home run completely out of Dodger Stadium, travelling 512 feet. 1973 Atlanta Braves’ Phil Niekro no-hits San Diego Padres, 9-0. 1975 Philadelphia Phillies’ first eight batters get hits for a major league record, win 13-5. 1979 Willie Mays, Warren Giles and Hack Wilson are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. 1984 Joan Benoit (US) wins first Olympic marathon for women (2:24:52). 1984 Toronto Blue Jays’ Cliff Johnson sets record with 19 pinch hit home runs. 1985 Baseball players go on strike for two days. 1985 Chicago White Sox player Tom Seaver wins game 300 over New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. 1986 San Francisco Giants’ pitcher Steve Carlton throws his 4,000th strike-out. 2016 (to August 21) The 2016 Summer Olympics are held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. SUNDAY 1948 Fanny Blankers-Koen (Netherlands) is first women to win three golds at Olympics. 1960 Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts 43-16 in Toronto. 1967 Minnesota Twins’ Dean Chance pitches a perfect game against Boston Red Sox, 2-0 in five innings. 1984 Carl Lewis wins his second (long jump) gold medal in Summer Olympics. 1986 Baltimore Orioles (Dwyer and Sheets) and Texas Rangers (Harrah) hit record three grand slams. 1989 Boston Red Sox retire Carl Yastrezemski’s number 8. MONDAY 1972 Baseball Hall of Fame inducts Yogi Berra, Sandy Koufax, Lefty Gomez, and Early Wynn. 1983 First World Track and Field Championships. 1984 Japan beats US for Olympic gold medal in baseball. 1985 Major League Baseball players end their two-day mid-season strike. A five-year agreement between the union and owners is concluded. 1987 Bill Mazeroski’s uniform jersey No. 9 is officially retired from active service by the Pittsburgh Pirates. 2001 Black Betsy, Shoeless Joe Jackson’s 40-ounce warped hickory bat, is won in a 10-day eBay auction. The $577,610 price tag is believed to be the largest amount ever paid for a baseball bat. 2007 At AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, San Francisco Giants’ player Barry Bonds surpasses Hank Aaron as the all-time home run leader with his 756th home run.
Hack Wilson wasinducted into baseball’s hall offame 39 years ago today.