TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1907 St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Ed Karger pitches a perfect game versus the Boston Braves, 4-0 in seven innings. 1919 The Green Bay Packers football club is founded. 1926 Cleveland Indians’ Tris Speaker hits his 700th major-league double. 1929 Babe Ruth becomes the first player in Major League Baseball history to hit 500 homers. 1950 Boston Braves pitcher Vern Bickford no-hits the Brooklyn Dodgers, 7-0. 1951 The New York Giants (NFL) beat the Roughriders (CFL), 38-6 in Ottawa. 1961 Warren Spahn records victory number 300, beating the Chicago Cubs, 2-1. 1967 Al Downing becomes the 12th major-league pitcher to strike out the side on nine pitches. 1971 Harmon Killebrew hits home runs 500 and 501. 1974 Lee Trevino wins the PGA Championship. 1980 Reggie Jackson hits his 400th career homer. 1984 Carl Lewis duplicates Jesse Owens’ 1936 feat, wins four Olympic track golds. 1985 Hubert Green wins the PGA Championship. 1985 Rudolf Povarnitsin of the USSR sets a new high-jump world record (2.40 metres). 1986 Bob Tway wins the PGA Championship. 1988 Gary Carter (New York Mets) becomes the 59th player to hit 300 career home runs. 1990 New York Yankees’ Kevin Maas is the fastest to hit 13 home runs (110 at-bats). 1991 Rookie golfer John Daly wins the PGA title. 2008 Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe breaks the world record in the semifinals of the women’s 100-metre backstroke at 58.77 seconds at the Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.
Lee Trevino, pictured, won the PGA Championship — his fifth major — 43 years ago today. It was the fourth major he won in which Jack Nicklaus was the runner-up.