TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1743 — Earliest recorded prize-fighting rules formulated.
1888 — New York Giants pitcher Tim Keefe sets a 19-game win streak record.
1900 — First Davis Cup Tennis Tournament (held in Massachusetts); U.S. beats England.
1901 — Chicago White Sox player Frank Isbell strands a record 11 teammate base runners.
1907 — Prince Scipone Borchesi wins Peking to Paris, 7,500-mile auto rally.
1944 — Boston Braves’ Red Barrett throws only 58 pitches to beat Cincinnati Reds, 2-0.
1954 — Sir Gordon Richards retires as a jockey with record 4,870 wins.
1977 — Philadelphia Phillies and Montreal Expos play a doubleheader that ends at 3:23 a.m.
1980 — Jack Nicklaus wins PGA Championship for fifth time.
1981 — The Philadelphia Phillies’ Pete Rose passes Stan Musial as the all-time National League hits leader when he collects his 3,631st off St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Mark Littell.
1984 — Mary Decker trips on the heel of Zola Budd in the 3,000-metre Olympic run.
1986 — New York Yankees celebrate Billy Martin Day at Yankee Stadium and retire his uniform, No. 1.
1991 — NFL sportscaster Paul Maguire suffers a heart attack at age 53.
1994 — The 1994 Bambino World Series takes place in Henderson, Ky., for the first time. Two years’ work of volunteers and funds led up to this event. It is played at Henderson’s Park field with over 5,000 people attending.
2008 — At the Beijing Olympics, American swimmer Michael Phelps wins the 400-metre individual medley in a world-record 4:03.84. Stephanie Rice of Australia wins the women’s 400-metre individual medley in a world record time of 4:29.45.
Mary Decker, pictured, tripped over the foot of South African Zola Budd at the Los Angeles Games, 33 years ago today.