TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
SATURDAY 1876 Madeline (U.S.) beats Countess Dufferin (Canada) in fourth America’s Cup. 1928 Games of the IX Olympiad close in Amsterdam. 1936 Diver Marjorie Gestring Becomes the youngest Olympic gold medallist (13 years, 268 days). 1950 New York Giants (NFL) beat the Roughriders (CFL), 20-6, in Ottawa. 1960 Ralph Boston of the U.S. sets long jump record at 26 feet, 11.25 inches. 1964 Tenth time Mickey Mantle switch-hits home runs in a game, one goes 502 feet. 1969 Boston Celtics team sold for an NBA record $6 million. 1974 Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 Boston Red Sox players. 1974 New York Yankees’ Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford become first teammates elected to Baseball Hall of Fame on the same day. 1984 Don Drysdale, Harmon Killebrew, Rick Ferrell, Luis Aparicio and Pee Wee Reese are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. 1986 Don Baylor gets hits by a pitch for a record 25th time in a season. 1994 Major League Baseball players go on strike, eventually causing the cancellation of the World Series and delaying opening of 1995 season. 2007 Tiger Woods wins PGA Championship, his 13th career major. 2008 Michael Phelps wins Olympic gold in 200-metre freestyle swimming, becoming only the fifth person to win nine career Olympic gold medals. His win also set a world record time of 1.42.96. 2008 Togo wins its first ever Olympic medal, bronze in the men’s single kayak slalom won by Benjamin Boukpeti. SUNDAY 1910 Brooklyn Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates play to 8-8 tie; both have 38 at bats, 13 hits, 12 assists, two errors, five strikeouts, three walks, one passed ball and one hit by pitch. 1917 Philadelphia Phillies steal five bases in an inning against the Boston Braves. 1919 Man O’ War’s only defeat (Upset wins at Saratoga). 1928 Soviet Union’s Spartacan Games begin. 1939 New York Yankees set American League shutout margin with 21-0 victory over Philadelphia Athletics. 1948 Satchel Paige at age 42 pitches his first major-league complete game. 1963 Warren Spahn sets left-hander strikeout mark at 2,382. 1969 Baltimore Orioles’ Jim Palmer no-hits Oakland Athletics, 8-0. 1969 Temporary baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn is formally appointed. 1978 New York Yankees score five runs in top of seventh, but rain causes game to be halted and thus score goes back to previous inning. Baltimore Orioles win, 3-0. 1979 Lou Brock gets his 3,000th career hit. 1988 Boston Red Sox win American League record 24 straight home games. 1988 Ronald J. Dossenbach sets world record for pedalling across Canada from Vancouver to Halifax in 13 days, 15 hours, four minutes. 1988 U.S. beats Jamaica, 5-1, in second round of soccer’s 1990 World Cup.
Man O’War lost his only race, 98 years ago Sunday.