TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1893 The first U.S. bowling magazine,
Gut Holz, is published in New York. 1923 The New York State Golf Association is formed. 1925 The only time Babe Ruth is pinch-hit for; Bobby Veach flies out. 1936 Jesse Owens wins his fourth gold medal at the Berlin Olympics. 1946 For the first time, all of the Major League Baseball games on the schedule (eight) are played at night. 1975 In the first National Football League game in Louisiana Superdome, the Houston Oilers beat the New Orleans Saints, 13-7. 1976 Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher John Candelaria no-hits the Los Angeles Dodgers, 2-0. 1977 The National Hockey League refuses a merger with six World Hockey Association clubs. 1978 The New York Yankees score five in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 8-7. 1981 Major League Baseball resumes from a strike with the 52nd all-star game in Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium. The National League beats the American League, 5-4. 1984 Daley Thomas of Britain sets the decathlon record (8,847) in Los Angeles. 1987 The Los Angeles Rams beat the Dallas Cowboys, 28-27, in London, England (NFL expo). 1988 The Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets, 6-4, in their first official night game at Wrigley Field. 1988 The Edmonton Oilers trade Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings for $15 million to $20 million. 1992 The Games of the XXV Olympiad close in Barcelona, Spain. 2004 British football player Lee Hughes, 28, is sentenced to six years in prison and banned from driving for 10 years after being found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving. Hughes also has his contract terminated by his employer West Bromwich Albion.
Wayne Gretzky was traded to the Los Angeles Kings, 29 years ago today.