Sunday, July 31, 2011

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JULY 31

2005 Bengi and Jose Melina each hit a HR off Randy Johnson
2005 Ryne Sandberg and Wade Boggs inducted into the Hall of Fame
2004 Ichuro Suzuki gets his 50th hit of the month – 1st player since Joe Medwick (1936) to have two 50 hits months in the same season – 1st player since Pete Rose to have three 50 hit months in a career
2004 The Red Sox trade Nomar Garciaparra to the Cubs
1999 Barry Bonds hits a HR in his first two at bats for the second day in a row
1998 Chicago’s Albert Belle hits his 16th HR of the month – MLB record for July
1998 Losing by 9 runs to Oakland in the 8th, Cleveland sends outfielder Mark Whiten in to pitch – gave up a double, hit by a pitch, and 2 walks, but struck out 3 batters – only player in MLB history with at least one inning pitched to get every out with a strike
1997 Oakland trades Mark McGwire to St. Louis
1997 Red Sox trade for Jason Vatriek and Derek Lowe
1994 Giants Matt Williams hits his 40th HR of the year – NL mark for HRs through July – MLB record is 41 (Ruth in 1928 and Jimmie Foxx in 1932)
1994 Steve Carlton, Leo Durocher, and Phil Rizzuto inducted into the Hall of Fame
1988 Jose Canseco becomes the first player to have 30 or more HRs in his first three seasons in the league
1987 Eddie Murray hits his 300th HR – ends with 504
1983 Brooks Robinson, Juan Marichal, and Walter Alston are inducted into the Hall of Fame
1981 50 days after the strike began, MLB players and owners reach an agreement
1978 Pete Rose ties Willie Keeler’s 81 year old record of hitting in 44 consecutive games
1972 Chicago’s Dick Allen hits 2 inside the park HRs in the game – 1st since 1950 and only the 7th in MLB history

Saturday, July 30, 2011

SPORTS HISTORY QUIZ JULY 31

1994 This MLB player hit his 40th HR of the year (NL record through July). Who was he?
1988 This MLB player became the 1st to hit 30 or more HRs in his first 3 seasons in the league. Who was he?
1972 Chicago's Dick Allen does something in the game for the first time since 1950 and only the 7th time in MLB history. What was it?

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JULY 30

2006 Mets Carlos Beltran hits his 3rd grand slam this month to tie MLB record – Mets have a total of 6 this month to also tie MLB record
2004 Mike Tyson KO’d in the 4th by British fighter Danny Williams
2002 Lisa Leslie becomes the first woman to slam dunk in a professional basketball game
2000 Tom Glavine gets his 200th win – ends with 305
1998 Alex Rodriguez steals his 30th base – becomes the 6th 30 base 30 HR player in AL history
1995 Mike Schmidt inducted into the Hall of Fame – 3 time MVP
1994 Detroit catcher Chad Kreuter ties MLB record with 3 sacrifice flies in a game – 9th in MLB history
1990 Jack Clark hits his 300th HR – ends with 340
1988 Reds pitcher John Franco gets his 13th save for the month – MLB record
1978 Montreal beats Atlanta 19-10 on 28 hits and NL record 8 HRs
1969 Hank Aaron hits his 537th HR to move pass Mickey Mantle
1969 Jimmy Wynn and Denis Menke of Houston both hit grand slams in the 9th inning of a game vs. the Mets – 1st time this century in the NL that 2 grand slams were hit in the same inning
1960 Phillies pitcher Art Mahaffey picks off the first batter to get a hit off of him – does it again on the next hitter to reach base – also picked off the 1st runner to reach in the next game
1959 Willie McCovey makes his MLB debut – goes 4 for 4
1948 Red Sox get their 25th win of the month
1917 Ty Cobb, Bobby Veach, and Ossie Vitt follow each other in the batting order – all three go 5 for 5

Friday, July 29, 2011

SPORTS HISTORY QUIZ JULY 30

1998 This MLB player stole his 30th base of the seson and became the 6th 30 base 30 HR player in AL history. Who is he?
1995 This MLB player was inducted into the Hall of Fame - average .267, 548 HRs, 1,595 RBI, 3 time MVP. Who is he?
1917 Ty Cobb, Bobby Veach, and Ossie Vitt follow each other in the batting order and accomplish this feat. Hard to believe it was actually tied the record. What wass it?

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TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JULY 29

2006 Tony Perez ties MLB record with 4 doubles in the game and is 5 for 5 as Tampa Bay beats the NYY 19-6
2003 Red Sox player Bill Mueller hits 2 grand slams in a 14-7 win – only player in MLB history to hit 2 in a game from each side of the plate – also hit another HR
1998 Tampa Bay pitcher Tony Saunders gets his 1st win after 16 straight without getting one
1996 Tommy Lasorda announces his retirement from the LA Dodgers as manager
1995 KC beats Detroit 5-4 on Jon Nunnall’s 16th inning HR – prior to the HR Kansas City had 21 hits – all of them singles
1991 Seattle gets 4 consecutive doubles in an inning and beats the Orioles 11-4
1990 Red Sox set AL record with 12 doubles in a game vs. Tigers (11 by Detroit in 1934)
1989 Oakland’s Rickey Henderson has 4 walks and 5 stolen bases in a loss to the Mariners – had no official at bats recorded
1988 Cubs pitcher Rick Sutcliffe steals home – 1st pitcher since 1984 and 1st Cub since 1919
1973 Wilbur Wood of Chicago wins his 20th game of the season
1969 Oakland’s Vida Blue gets his 1st MLB win – ends with 209
1965 Pirates and Philadelphia combine for a record 26 strikeouts in a game
1961 Giants beat Philadelphia 4-3 – Phillies will lose 23 straight before getting a win
1951 Willie Mays steals his 1st base – then gets picked off 2nd

Thursday, July 28, 2011

SPORTS HISTORY QUIZ JULY 29

2003 This player became the first in MLB history to hit a grand slam from both sides of the plate in the same game. Who is he?
1990 The Red Sox set an AL record (1934) with how many doubles in the game?
1989 This MLB Hall of Famer stole 5 bases in a game without recording an official at bat. Who is he?

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TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JULY 28

2009 In his first start since the perfect game, Mark Buehrle sets down the first 17 batters he faced
2002 Ozzie Smith is inducted into the Hall of Fame
2001 Pittsburgh scores 7 runs with 2 outs in the 9th and nobody on to beat the Astros 9-8
1998 Sammy Sosa hits his second grand slam in 4 at bats – hit one yesterday
1996 Darryl Strawberry hits his 300th HR – ends with 335
1994 Texas Rangers’ Kenny Rogers pitches a perfect game – 1st lefthander in AL to do so
1993 NY Mets Anthony Young wins in relief – his first win after losing 27 in a row
1993 Phillies Darren Daulton hits a grand slam and a two run triple in a 14 -6 win
1991 Dennis Martinez pitches a perfect game vs. Dodgers – Alfredo Griffin goes hitless vs. Martinez and it is his 3rd time as an opponent in a perfect game (1988 and 1981)
1990 Cal Ripken gets an error – his 1st in 95 consecutive games – MLB record for shortstops
1990 Cubs Shawon Dunston gets 3 triples in the game – ties MLB record
1989 Cardinals Vince Coleman is caught stealing – had succeeded the previous 50 consecutive times – MLB record
1987 Angel Cordero Jr. becomes the 4th jockey to win 6,000 races
1985 Lou Brock and Hoyt Wilhelm are inducted into the Hall of Fame
1982 Phil Niekro gets his 250th win – ends with 318
1979 Red Sox execute their 3rd triple play of the season (5/10 and 7/23) – it is the 3rd triple play that Texas has hit into this season – a MLB record
1972 Steve Carlton gets his 10th straight win for last place Philadelphia
1970 Angels catcher Tom Eagan is charged with 5 passed balls (MLB record) all from different pitchers – also had an error

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

SPORTS HISTORY QUIZ JULY 28

1994 This pitcher became the 1st AL pitcher to throw a perfect game. Who was he?
1989 Vince Coleman is caught stealing. Pror to that he set MLB record for most consecutive steals safely. How many did he have?
1979 The Red Sox execute their 3rd triple play of the season against a team that hit into their MLB record 3rd triple play of the season. What team was it?

SPORTS HISTORY JULY 27

2009 Washington’s Josh Willingham hits 2 grand slams in the game – 13th time in MLB history
2005 Ryan Freel of the Reds steals 5 bases in the game
2004 Twins Corey Koskie is hit 3 times by White Sox pitchers – ties MLB record
2003 Braves Marcus Giles ties MLB record with 4 consecutive doubles
2003 Gary Carter and Eddie Murray are inducted into the Hall of Fame
1998 Sammy Sosa hits a grand slam – it is his first and 248th HR
1996 A bomb explodes at Atlanta’s Olympic Park killing one person
1992 Houston begins a 26 game road trip – Republican National Convention being held in Astrodome
1988 Tommy John commits 3 errors on one play vs. Brewers – MLB record
1985 Mets score 16 unearned runs in a 16-4 win over the Astros
1984 Pete Rose gets his 3,053rd single passing Ty Cobb’s MLB record
1983 Gaylord Perry gets his 3,500th strikeout – 1982 Rickey Henderson is caught stealing 3 times in the game – 1st player since 1916 to get caught 3 times – but he did manage to steal his 95th
1968 Denny McLain gets his 20th win of the season – record now 20-3 – ends season 31-6 with 1.96 ERA
1953 Dizzy Dean and Al Simmons are inducted into the Hall of Fame
1950 Stan Musial’s 30 game hitting streak comes to an end, but everybody else on the team got a hit
1946 Rudy York of the Red Sox hits two grand slams in the same game – had 10 RBI on the day

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

SPORTS HISTORY QUIZ JULY 27

1998 This MLB player hit his 1st career grand slam - it was his 248th HR. Who was he?
1988 This MLB Hall of Fame pitcher set a record by committing 3 errors on one play. Who was he?
1982 This MLB Hall of Famer was caught stealing 3 times in the game (1st time since 1916). Who was he?

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SPORTS HISTORY JULY 26

2009 Ricky Henderson and Jim Rice are inducted into the Hall of Fame
2005 Greg Maddux gets his 3,000th strikeout – 13th in MLB history – ends with 3,371
2000 Philadelphia trades Curt Schilling to Arizona
1998 Trevor Hoffman tries to get MLB record 42nd straight save, but gives up a run in the 9th – he did win it in the 10th
1992 Nolan Ryan gets his 319th career win and strikes out his 100th batter for MLB record 23rd straight season
1991 Expos Mark Gardner pitches 9 no hit innings vs. Dodgers, but loses it in the 10th – Expos had only 2 hits themselves
1987 Catfish Hunter and Billy Williams are inducted into the Hall of Fame
1987 Paul Molitor ties MLB record by stealing 2nd,3rd, and home in the 1st inning
1980 Baltimore’s Steve Stone wins his 14th straight game
1978 Johnny Bench hits his 300th HR – ends with 389
1970 Johnny Bench hits 3 consecutive HRs and has 7 RBI vs. Cardinals, Orlando Cepeda does the same in a game vs. the Cubs
1964 In a double header, the Mets and Braves use a total of 22 pitchers – a two team MLB record
1962 Warren Spahn sets a HR record by a pitcher with his 31st
1961 NYY John Blanchard ties MLB record by hitting his 3rd and 4th HRs in 4 at bats over 3 games
1957 Mickey Mantle gets his 200th HR – ends with 536
1948 Babe Ruth attends the NYC premier of “The Babe Ruth Story”

Monday, July 25, 2011

SPORTS HISTORY QUIZ JULY 26

2005 This MLB pitcher became the 13th to record 3,000 career strikeouts. Who was he?
1992 Nolan Ryan got his 100th strikeout of the season and set a MLB record for having 100 or more in consecutive seasons. How many seasons did he have 100 or more?
1962 Warren Spahn set MLB record for pitchers with the most career HRs. How many did he have?

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JULY 25

2010 Andre Dawson, Whitey Herzog, and umpire Doug Harvey enter the MLB Hall of Fame
2009 Philadelphia Philles get their 9,000th regular season win
2006 Phillies pitcher Ryan Madson ties MLB record with 4 wild pitches in the 3rd inning – also hit 2 batters in the game
2004 Dennis Eckersley and Paul Molitor are inducted into the Hall of Fame
1999 George Brett, Robin Yount, Nolan Ryan, and Orlando Cepeda are inducted into the Hall of Fame
1998 Padres Trevor Hoffman gets his 41st consecutive save – 33rd this year – ties MLB record
1992 Braves beat Pirates 1-0 – Braves had only one hit – a HR by David Justice
1990 George Brett hits for the cycle for the 2nd time in his career
1982 Steve Carlton gets his 50th career shutout – ends with 55
1978 Pete Rose sets NL record by hitting in his 38th consecutive game
1977 Pete Rose gets his 2,881st hit – record for a switch hitter
1966 Ted Williams is inducted into Hall of Fame
1962 Stan Musial becomes NL all time RBI leader with his 1,862nd
1961 Roger Maris hits 4 HRs in a double header – ties AL record – now has 40 for the season, Mantle has 38
1941 Lefty Grove gets his 300th and final win of his career
1941 NBA Hall of Famer Nate Thurmond is born – 1st player in NBA history to record a quadruple double – career average 15 points and 15 rebounds

Sunday, July 24, 2011

SPORTS HISTORY QUIZ JULY 25

1982 This MLB Hall of Fame pitcher got his 50th career shutout - ended with 54. Who was he?
1941 This MLB Hall of Famer got his 300th and final career win. Who was he?
1941 Born today - this NBA Hall of Famer averaged 15 points and 15 rebounds per game and was the 1st NBA player to ever record a quadruple double. Who was he?

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JULY 24

2006 Detroit scores 5 runs in 1st inning for the 3rd consecutive game – 1st time in 115 years a team has scored 5 or more in 1st that many times
2005 Lance Armstrong wins his 7th consecutive Tour de France
2000 Leftfielder Darin Erstadt of the Angels has 12 putouts in a 12 inning game – an AL record
1993 NY Mets pitcher Anthony Young loses his 27th straight game
1983 George Brett is thrown out of the infamous “Pine Tar Game”
1979 Catcher Bob Stinson of the Mariners ties MLB record by allowing 2 batters to reach base on catcher’s interference calls
1979 Carl Yastrzemski gets his 400th HR – ends with 452
1978 NYY manager Billy Martin resigns a day after calling Reggie Jackson a “born liar” and George Steinbrenner a “convicted felon”
1973 Willie Mays plays in his final All-Star game
1970 Chicago’s Bill Melton ties MLB record by striking out 7 times in a double header – will also strikeout the first 3 times in the next game
1968 Hoyt Wilhelm pitches in MLB record 907th game – a loss – passed Cy Young
1963 Karl Malone is born
1931 Babe Herman hits for the cycle for the 2nd time this season – one of only 3 in MLB history to do so 3 times in their career

Saturday, July 23, 2011

SPORTS HISTORY QUIZ JULY 24

1993 Hard luck NY Mets pitcher Anthony Young lost again. How many in a row had he lost?
1968 This MLB player pitched in his 907th game. MLB record passing Cy Young. Who was he?
1963 Born today: This NBA Hall of Famer scored 36,928 points (25.0 average) and had 14,968 rebounds (10.1 average). Who is he?

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JULY 23

2009 Mark Buehrle pitches the 18th perfect game in MLB history
2006 Jered Weaver gets his 7th straight win to start the season – 1st rookie in 25 years to do so
2002 Red Sox beat Tampa Bay 22-4 – Garciaparra hits 3 HRs and has 8 RBI – today is his birthday
2000 Andy Benes of St. Louis gives up 4 HRs in an inning – 17th in MLB to do so
2000 Tiger Woods wins the British Open
2000 Carlton Fisk, Tony Perez, and Sparky Anderson are inducted into the Hall of Fame
1996 U.S. women win their first ever Olympic gold medal in gymnastics
1991 Nolan Ryan gets his 308th win and Rich Gossage his 308th save in a Texas win over Boston – Ryan sets MLB record by pitching in his 545th consecutive game
1979 Pittsburgh gets a triple play VS. Atlanta – it is the 500th in MLB history
1978 Steve Carlton wins his 200th game – ends with 329
1970 Cubs beat Reds 1-0 – only shutout of the year for Cincinnati
1964 Bert Campaneris of A’s hits 2 HRs in his MLB debut – only 2nd player since 1900 to do so
1962 Bob Feller and Jackie Robinson are inducted into Hall of Fame
1955 NYY Bob Cerv and Elston Howard hit consecutive pinch hit HRs – 1st time ever

1925 Lou Gehrig hits his 1st grand slam – ends with MLB record 23

Friday, July 22, 2011

SPORTS HISTORY QUIZ JULY 23

2000 Who won the British Open?
1991 Nolan Ryan sets MLB record for pitching in consecutive games. How many did he have?
1964 Bert Campaneris of A's makes his MLB debut and becomes only the 2nd player since 1900 to accomplish this feat. What was it?

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JULY 22

2001 Mets Bobby Abreu hits a HR off of John Franco – Franco’s first HR to a lefthander since 1993
2001 Greg Maddux wins his 9th straight – his 51st inning without giving up a walk – John Smoltz pitches as a reliever for the 1st time and gets a save
2000 Indians Omar Vizquel commits an error – 1st in 95 games (AL record)
1998 NYY run their record to 71-25
1997 Greg Maddux gets a complete game win – threw 78 pitches
1993 Royals Greg Gagne hits the 10,000th HR at Tiger Stadium – in the same game Travis Fryman gets a walk and scores on 3 wild pitches
1990 Greg LeMond of the U.S. wins the Tour de France
1989 Bench and Yaz are inducted into the Hall of Fame
1986 Cubs fire ball girl Marla Collins for appearing in Playboy. She posed in a Cubs jersey and had a tattoo of Harry Caray on her thigh.
1980 Braves Bob Horner hits his 15th HR in the last 23 games
1979 Johnny Bench ties NL record by getting 5 walks
1973 Atlanta commits 7 errors and lose to Philadelphia 5-1
1969 1st time All-Star game is postponed due to rain
1963 Sonny Liston KOs Floyd Patterson in the 1st round for heavyweight title
1962 Floyd Robinson of White Sox goes 6 for 6 – all singles
1925 The NYY acquire Leo Durocher
1923 Walter Johnson gets his 3,000th strikeout – ends with 3,508

Thursday, July 21, 2011

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JULY 21

2008 Tigers beat Royals 19-4, 3rd time this season they score 19 or more – 1st to do so since 1950 Red Sox
2006 Alex Rodriguez hits his 450th HR – youngest to do so
2001 Dodgers beat Colorado 22-7 – most runs by LA since 1943
1998 Braves Greg Maddux loses to the Cubs - 1st loss to his former team after beating them 7 times
1997 Curt Schilling of Philadelphia strikes out 15 in 8 innings, but loses to Pirates 3-2
1995 Red Sox beat Twins 13-5 – Mo Vaughn hits his 2nd grand slam of the season – Twins Pedro Munoz played first base for the first time and made 3 errors
1990 Orioles Ben McDonald makes his MLB debut and shuts out the White Sox 2-0 – 1st shutout in AL debut in 15 years
1989 Mike Tyson KOs Carl Williams in 1:33 of the 1st round
1975 NY Mets Felix Millan hits 4 singles – Joe Torre follows him and hits into 4 double plays
1973 Hank Aaron hits his 700th HR – ends with 755
1972 Hoyt Wilhelm is released by the Dodgers – his 1,070 appearances is the most by any pitcher to that point
1969 At an All-Star banquet, Babe Ruth is selected the All Time Greatest Player and Joe DiMaggio the Greatest Living Player
1967 Jimmie Foxx died at age 59 – hit 534 HRs in his career
1961 Angels and Senators tie MLB record by stranding 30 runners (15 apiece) in a 9 inning game
1956 Junior Gilliam makes 12 assists at 2nd base to tie MLB record set in 1891
1946 In a double header, Ted Williams gets 7 straight hits including the cycle in the 2nd game

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

SPORTS HISTORY QUIZ JULY 21

1990 This Baltimore pitcher made his MLB debut and shutout the White Sox - first shutout in AL debut in 15 years. Who was he?
1975 NY Mets Felix Milan hit 4 singles in the game. The player who followed him hit into 4 double plays. Who was he?
1969 At an All-Star banquet there was a vote as to who was the Greatest Player of all time and who was the Greatest Living Player. Who were the winners?

SPORTS HISTORY JULY 20

2004 Albert Pujols goes 5 for 5 with 3 HRs
2004 Indians Travis Hafner hits 3 HRs – his total of 5 in 2 games ties MLB record
2003 Houston’s Jeff Bagwell hits his 400th HR – 35th in MLB history to do so
2000 Isiah Thomas is named head coach of the Indiana Pacers replacing Larry Bird
1990 Mets Sis Fernandez strikes out 7 consecutive Braves batters in a 6-1 win
1987 NYY Don Mattingly ties MLB record – made 22 putouts in a 7-1 Yankee win (Hal Chase 1906)
1985 NYY Ron Guidry wins his 12th straight game
1985 Darryl Strawberry of Mets hits a grand slam in the 1st and a 3 run HR in the 3rd as Mets beat Braves 16-4
1984 Entering the 9th and down 3-1, Toronto scores 11 runs, Seattle gets 4, but Toronto wins 12-7
1979 Manny Mota gets his 139th pinch hit of his career
1976 Hank Aaron hits his 755th and last HR
1973 Chicago White Sox pitcher Wilbur Wood starts and loses both games of a double header vs. NYY
1970 Dodgers Bill Singer no hits Philadelphia
1969 Giants Gaylord Perry hits his 1st MLB HR
1969 Gaylord’s brother Jim of Minnesota wins 2 games today – suspended game from yesterday and today’s game – pitched 11 shutout innings
1965 NYY pitcher Mel Stottlemyre hits an inside the park HR – 1st pitcher since 1910 to do so
1957 Duke Snyder hits his 300th HR
1956 Whitey Ford strikes out 6 consecutive batters – ties AL record

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

SPORTS HISTORY QUIZ JULY 20

1969 The Perry brothers, Gaylord and Jim have an eventful day. Gaylord does something at bat for the 1st time in his career and Jim pitches 11 shutout innings, but the results for the day were even better. What did the brothers accomplish?
1965 This NYY pitcher hit the first inside the park HR since 1910. Who was he?

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TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JULY 19

2003 John Smoltz gets his 100th save – 15th pitcher in MLB to have 100 wins and 100 saves
2003 Victor Zambrano ties MLB record by hitting four batters
1999 White Sox rookie Chris Singleton has his 2nd 5 hit game in two weeks
1999 Tigers pitcher Jeff Weaver hits a double – 1st by Detroit pitcher in 27 years
1997 Colorado loses its 15th game in 16 outings
1991 Cal Ripken Jr. plays in his 1,500th consecutive game – his 20th HR of the season makes him only the 8th MLB player to hit 20 in each of his first 10 seasons
1987 Rangers beat NYY 20-3 – catcher Rick Cerone pitches the 9th – did not allow a run
1984 Orel Hershiser pitched his 3rd straight shutout
1982 Tom Brunansky hits an inside the park grand slam
1980 22nd Olympics open in Moscow – U.S. boycotts
1974 Indians Dick Bosman no hits the A’s 4-0 – his throwing error was the only thing that kept it from being a perfect game
1964 Luis Tiant of Cleveland makes his MLB debut and gets a 4 hit win over NYY – Whitey Ford was the loser
1960 Juan Marichal pitches his 1st game – one hits Philadelphia
1955 Detroit’s Babe Birrer pitches 4 innings of shutout relief and hits two 3 run HRs – his only HR and RBI of his career
1950 First black players for NYY – Elston Howard and Frank Barnes
1933 Rick Ferrell (Boston) hits a HR off his brother Wes (Cleveland) – Wes also hit a HR in the game

Monday, July 18, 2011

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TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JULY 18

2006 Carlos Beltran hits a grand slam in consecutive games – 23rd player in MLB history to do so
2006 Braves beat St. Louis 14-5 – 1st team since 1930 NYY to score 10 or more in 5 straight games
2002 Orioles Melvin Mora ties MLB record by getting hit by a pitch 3 times in the game
2001 Florida manager Tony Perez is ejected – his first time in 31 years as a player and manager
1999 Don Larsen, who pitched a perfect game in the 1956 World Series, throws out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium – David Cone then throws a perfect game as NYY beat Expos
1990 Red Sox (6) and Twins (4) combine for MLB record 10 double plays in a game – yesterday the Twins set a record by having 2 triple plays vs. Boston
1988 Seattle’s Gene Walter balks 4 times in 2 1/3rd innings – ties MLB record
1987 NYY Don Mattingly hits a HR in his 8th consecutive game
1986 Greg Norman (280) wins the 115th British open
1970 39 year old Willie Mays gets his 3,000th hit – Hank Aaron did it a month ago
1964 Pete Rose hits his only grand slam of his career – Dallas Green was the pitcher
1961 Braves get a triple steal – Hank Aaron’s only steal of home in his career
1947 Ted Williams goes 5 for 5 for the 1st time in his career
1947 Tigers beat NYY ending their 19 game win streak

Sunday, July 17, 2011

SPORTS HISTORY QUIZ JULY 18

1999 David Cone of NYY pitches a perfect game vs. the Expos. Who threw out the first pitch?
1990 The Red Sox and Twins combine for MLB record number of double plays in the game. How many did they have?
1964 Pete Rose hit the only grand slam of his career. What future MLB manager did he hit it off?

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JULY 17

2003 KC shortstop Angel Berroa hits his 10th HR – only 16th rookie shortstop in MLB history to have double figure HRs
2001 Expos coach Ozzie Guillan is thrown out before the 1st pitch is thrown – continued the argument from yesterday’s game
1998 Rafael Palmeiro and Albert Belle both hit their 300th HR – Palmeiro ends with 569, Belle 381
1991 In a 15 inning loss, Orioles Sam Horn is the 1st MLB player (non pitcher) to strikeout 6 consecutive times in a game
1990 Minnesota gets 2 triples in the game – 1st time ever – lose to the Red Sox on an unearned run
1990 Bo Jackson hits 3 straight HRs and his 100th in a game vs. NYY, and Deion Sanders gets an inside-the-park HR as Jackson separates his shoulder going for the ball – he will miss 6 weeks
1989 Carlton Fisk gets his 2,000th hit – ends with 2,356
1989 Pitching in relief, David Wells wins both games of a double header
1977 Mets Lenny Randle comes to bat vs. the Cubs, a power blackout will cause the game to be postponed – Randle will ground out on September 16
1974 Bob Gibson strikes out Cesar Geronimo for his 3,000th strikeout – six years later Geronimo will become Nolan Ryan’s 3,000th strikeout
1974 Milwaukee third baseman Don Money commits an error – 1st in 257 chances – Money holds the record in both leagues for most chances without an error
1974 Tommy John blows his elbow out – has first “Tommy John Surgery” – will win 164 more games before he retires
1961 Ty Cobb dies at age 74
1960 Willie McCovey (1959 Rookie of the Year) is sent down to the minors as he was batting .244 with no power – he will return
1950 NYY Whitey Ford wins his 1st game – ends with 236
1941 Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak came to an end
1935 Bill Werber of Red Sox ties MLB record with 4 straight doubles – will do it again in 1940 with Cincinnati – only to ever do it in both leagues
1934 Babe Ruth gets his 2,000th walk – ends with 2,062
1922 Ty Cobb gets 5 hits for the 4th time this season – AL record

Saturday, July 16, 2011

SPORTS HISTORY QUIZ JULY 17

1991 In a 15 inning game, Orioles Sam Horn becomes the 1st non-pitching MLB player to set this unpleasant record. What was it?
1974 Bob Gibson gets his 3,000th strikeout. Six years later Nolan Ryan will get his 3,000th strikeout against the same player. Who was he?
1961 This MLB Hall of Famer died at age 74. Who was he?

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JULY 16

2006 Mariano Rivera gets his 400th save
2006 Chipper Jones ties MLB record by getting an extra base hit in 14 straight games (Paul Waner 1927)
2004 Bobby Abreu becomes only the 4th player in MLB history to have 20 HRs and 20 steals in six consecutive seasons (Mays, Bobby and Barry Bonds)
2002 Tigers 2nd baseman Damion Easley ties MLB record by getting hit 3 times in a game vs. Red Sox
1993 Giants outfielder Darren Lewis sets MLB record by playing in his 267th consecutive game without an error
1987 NYY Don Mattingly hits his 4th grand slam of the year – has 7 HRs in his last 6 games – with knuckleball pitcher Charlie Hough on the mound Texas catchers set AL record with 5 passed balls in the game
1985 NL beats AL in All-Star game – 13th win in last 14 games
1971 Vida Blue improves his record to 18-3
1969 Rod Carew steals home for the 7th time this season
1968 Indians outfielder Jose Cardenal pulls off his 2nd unassisted double play of the season – only 4th outfielder in MLB history to have 2 in one season
1951 NY Yankees send struggling rookie Mickey Mantle to AA Kansas City – he will return
1944 The Dodgers score 8 unearned runs to break a 16 game losing streak
1941 Joe DiMaggio hits in his 56th straight game
1914 Babe Ruth suffers his 1st pitching loss

Friday, July 15, 2011

SPORTS HISTORY QUIZ JULY 16

2006 Chipper Jones ties MLB record (1927) for getting an extra base hit in the most consecutive games. How many games was it?
2004 Bobby Abreau becomes only the 4th player in MLB history to have 20 HRs and 20 steals in 6 consecutive seasons. Who were the other 3?
1968 Jose Cardenal becomes only the 4th outfielder in MLB history to accomplish this feat in one season. What was it?

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TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JULY 15

2009 Pedro Martinez signs a one year deal with Philadelphia
2008 AL beats NL 4-3 in 15 innings, longest All-Star game (4 hours, 50 minutes) – most combine steals 7 (AL had 6)
2007 Philadelphia loses a franchise record 10,000th game – they have won 8,810
2005 Orioles Rafael Palmeiro gets his 3,000th hit – only 3 others have 3,000 hits and 500 HRs (Aaron, Mays, and Eddie Murray)
1999 Barry Bonds is walked intentionally for a MLB record 294th time – passes Hank Aaron
1993 Cal Ripken Jr. hits his 278th HR – MLB record for shortstops – passes Ernie Banks
1989 Jeff Reardon gets his 250th save – ends with 367
1988 Red Sox manager Joe Morgan makes his debut – Red Sox sweep a double header – Clemens strikes out 14 KC batters
1978 Larry Milbourne of Seattle lifts them to a 7-6 win over Cleveland – he hit a HR from both sides of the plate and these were his only HRs of the season on 234 at bats
1972 Nolan Ryan pitches his 2nd no hitter of the season – struck out 17 Detroit batters
1969 President Nixon is in attendance as Detroit pulls off a triple play, but Washington wins 7-3
1967 Royals pinch runner Allan Lewis ties MLB record with 2 steals in one inning by a pinch runner
1961 Arnold Palmer (284) wins the 90th British Open
1960 Orioles Brook Robinson goes 5 for 5 including the cycle
1935 Alex Karras was born

Thursday, July 14, 2011

SPORTS HISTORY QUIZ JULY 15

2005 Rafael Palmiero gets his 3,000th hit. He becomes only the 3rd in MLB history with 3,000 hits and 500 HRs. Who are the other 3?
1999 Barry Bonds is walked intentionall and passes Hank Aaron for most in MLB history. How many did he have?
1961 Who won the British Open?

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TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JULY 14

2008 Josh Hamilton hits 28 HRs in the 1st round of the Home Run Derby
2002 Royals Raul Ibanez has 7 RBI in the first 2 innings – grand slam and 3 run HR
2002 NYY Mariano Rivera gives up a 2 out 9th inning grand slam to Indians Bill Selby and loses 10-7
1997 Rickey Henderson steals his 1,200th base – ends with 1,406
1995 LA Dodgers Ramon Martinez no hits Florida – gave up one walk
1994 Ozzie Smith becomes all time shortstop assist leader – moves pass Luis Aparicio
1992 AL beats NL 13-6 in All-Star game – get record 19 hits
1988 Ken Griffey gets his 2,000th hit
1988 Mike Schmidt moves pass Mickey Mantle with his 537th HR
1978 Houston reliever Ken Forsch gets both wins in a double header vs. Montreal
1977 Carl Yastrzemski gets his 2,655th hit – moves pass Ted Williams as Red Sox all time leader – ends with 3,419
1974 Rangers Billy Martin is ejected from both games of a double header
1973 Tom Weiskopf (276) wins the 102nd British Open
1972 Catcher Tom Haller of Tigers hopes to have luck with the home plate umpire – his brother Bill – Detroit loses 1-0
1972 Red Sox shortstop Juan Beniquez sets a record for AL shortstops – commits 3 errors in each of the last 2 games
1968 Hank Aaron hits his 500th HR – ends with 755
1967 Eddie Mathews hits his 500th HR – ends with 512
1956 Mel Parnell no hits the White Sox – 1st Red Sox no hitter since 1923
1951 Citation becomes the 1st horse to win $1 million in his career
1951 CBS broadcasts the first color telecast of a sporting event – a horse race

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

SPORTS HISTORY QUIZ JULY 14

1992 The AL beat the NL 13-6 in the All-Star game. They got an All_star game record for number of hits. How many did they have?
1968 This MLB Hall of Famer got his 500th HR. Who was he?
1967 This MLB Hall of Famer got his 500th HR. Who was he?

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2001 Mike Piazza hits his 300th HR – ends with 427
1999 In the All-Star game at Fenway, Pedro Martinez strikes out the first four batters he faced, and 5 of the 6 in his two innings of work – named MVP
1997 Dennys Reyes is the first lefty in nearly 5 years to start for the Dodgers – Bob Ojeda in 1992
1997 Seattle and Texas combine for a record 31 strikeouts in the game
1996 Cleveland scores 4 runs in the 4th, 5 in the 5th, and 6 in the 6th to beat Twins 19-11 – had 12 doubles to tie AL record – teams combine for AL record 18 doubles
1995 Greg Maddux issues his 1st walk in 51 innings to pitcher Joey Hamilton, a career .041 hitter
1991 Four Orioles combine to pitch a no hitter vs. the A’s – only 2nd time in baseball history 4 have done so (Oakland 9/28/1975)
1988 Red Sox fire manager John McNamara and replace him with Joe Morgan – they will win 19 of the next 20 games
1982 NL wins its 11th consecutive All-Star game – 19 of last 20
1975 Reds beat Mets 5-3 – their 41st win in their last 50 games
1973 Expos Hal Breeden pinch hits a HR in each game of a double header vs. Atlanta – ties MLB record (Joe Cronin 6/17/1943)
1971 AL wins its only All-Star game between 1962 and 1983
1963 Spud Webb is born
1963 Early Wynn wins his 300th and final MLB game
1962 Arnold Palmer (276) wins the 91st British Open
1934 Babe Ruth hits his 700th HR

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JULY 12

2003 Tom Gordon of White Sox gets a save vs. Indians – is the 14th pitcher in MLB history to have 100 wins and 100 saves
2001 Jacque Jones, Tori Hunter, and Carey Koskie each hit a pair of HRs for Minnesota – tie MLB record
1997 Roger Clemens makes his first appearance at Fenway as a Blue Jay – strikes out 16 Red Sox batters in a win
1996 Kirby Puckett announces his retirement immediately due to glaucoma
1994 Houston Pitcher John Hudek appears in the All-Star game – 1st pitcher in MLB history to be in an All-Star game without having a career win
1990 White Sox pitcher Melido Perez pitches a rain shortened 6 inning no hitter – the 7th of the season – most since 1917
1989 This NYY pitcher retired today. Career 170-91, 3.29 ERA.
1979 Double header at Cominskey Park – Disco Demolition Night – White Sox had to forfeit the 2nd game as fans ran all over the field
1970 Detroit Tigers record a MLB record tying 3 sacrifice bunts in the 2nd inning.
1966 All-Star game held in St. Louis where the on field temperature was 113 degrees
1949 AL beats NL 11-7 in All-Star game – NL commits 5 errors – 1st black players to appear in the game – Robinson, Campanella, Newcombe, and Dolby
1931 MLB teams score an average of 13.6 runs in games played today – not topped until 4/24/1996
1901 Cy Young wins his 300th game – ends with 511

Monday, July 11, 2011

SPORTS HISTORY QUIZ JULY 12

2003 Jeff Gordan of White Sox gets the save and is 14th in MLB history to accomplish this feat. What was it?
2001 Jacque Jones, Tori Hunter, and Carey Koskie of Minnesota tie a MLB record. What was it?
1994 Houston pitcher Jonh Hudek appeared in the All-Star game, becoming the 1st pitcher in MLB All-Star history to do this. What was it?

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JULY 11

2006 AL wins its 10th straight All-Star game
2004 Expos beat Pirates 2-1 – Scott Downs is the first left handed Montreal starter to win for Montreal in 500 games (Matt Blank 6/21/01)
2003 Pirates Randall Simon is suspended and fined for hitting one of the Milwaukee sausage mascots with a bat during the sausage race on July 9
2002 Marlins trade Ryan Dempster – they are left with 15,000 Dempster bobble heads that they had scheduled as a promotion
2000 Derek Jeter goes 3 for 3 in All-Star game and is named MVP
1996 Curt Schilling of Philadelphia beats the Expos 3-2 – ends club record 14 straight road losses
1994 Ozzie Smith passes Luis Aparicio to become #1 all time assist leader at shortstop
1989 Bo Jackson wins All-Star MVP
1987 Cal Ripken’s brother Billy joins the Orioles lineup – father Cal Ripken Sr. is first to manage two sons in MLB
1985 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 4,000th batter – 1st to do so – ends with 5,714
1978 Vida Blue starts the All-Star game for the NL – 1st pitcher ever to start both NL and Al (1971 and 1975)
1978 Steve Garvey becomes the 1st two time All-Star MVP in the history of the contest
1972 Cubs Billy Williams goes 8 for 8 in a double header – will go 3 for 5 and 4 for 5 in his next two games
1968 Earl Weaver manages his 1st game for the Orioles
1968 Cubs pitcher Bill Hand sets MLB record by striking out in 14 consecutive at bats
1950 Ted Williams fractures his elbow in the All-Star game
1914 Babe Ruth debuts with the Red Sox – struck out his first time at bat, but pitches the win over Cleveland 4-3

Sunday, July 10, 2011

SPORTS HISTORY QUIZ JULY 11

1994 Ozzie Smith become #1 all time assist leader at shortstop. Who did he pass?
1978 This pitcher became the 1st to start for both the NL and AL in an All-Star game. Who was he?
1978 This player became the 1st two time All-Star MVP. Who is he?

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JULY 10

2007 Ichiro Suzuki hits the 1st inside-the-park HR in All-Star history
1999 Randy Johnson suffers his 4th loss in a row – Arizona did not score a run in any of the 4 games
1984 Fernando Valenzuela and Dwight Gooden combine to strikeout 6 AL batters in a row in the All-Star game
1982 Rangers’ Lance Parrish ties MLB record with his 3rd grand slam of the week (July 4th and 7th)
1977 Red Sox tie MLB record by stranding 20 runners vs. Brewers, but they win anyway 8-5
1976 Johnny Miller (279) wins the 105th British Open
1975 Philadelphia 76ers sign George McGinnis after Commissioner Larry O’Brien voids the contract he had signed with the Knicks 6 weeks earlier
1971 Lee Trevino (278) wins the 100th British Open
1970 Reds shortstop Woodie Woodward hits his 1st and only HR in his 1,672nd at bat
1965 Juan Marichal gets his 14th win and 7th shutout of the season
1964 Jesus Alou of SF gets 6 hits in a game vs. the Cubs – all off a different pitcher
1953 Ben Hogan (282) wins the British Open
1951 Sugar Ray Robinson loses his middleweight title in an upset to Randy Turpin – will beat him to win it back
1943 Arthur Ashe was born
1934 In the 2nd annual All-Star game, Carl Hubbell strikes out 5 future Hall of Famers – Ruth, Gehrig, Foxx in the 1st and Al Simmons and Joe Cronin in the 2nd inning
1921 Jake LaMotta was born

Saturday, July 9, 2011

SPORTS HISTORY QUIZ JULY 10

2007 This MLB All-Star hit the 1st inside-the-park HR in All-Star history. Who is he?
1982 This Rangers player tied MLB record by hitting his 3rd grand slam in a week. Who is he?
1971 Who won the 100th British Open?

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JULY 9

2005 Cubs outfielder Adam Greenberg makes his MLB debut in the 9th and is hit on the head on the 1st pitch – will be his only MLB at bat
2005 Mike Sweeney of KC goes 5 for 5, he had 3 consecutive yesterday and the 8 is a team record
2002 All-Star game ends in a 7-7 tie
2000 Jose Lima ends his 13 game losing streak as Houston beats KC
2000 Trevor Hoffman gets his 250th save (17th to do so)
1998 Bud Selig named MLB Commissioner
1994 Alex Rodriguez gets his 1st MLB hit
1988 Chris Speier of SF hits for the cycle – only 4th player in MLB history to do so for two teams (Joe Cronin, Babe Herman, and Bob Watson)
1987 Mike Schmidt hit his 513th HR to move pass Eddie Mathews and Ernie Banks
1979 Fans select an all Red Sox outfield for the All-Star game – Yaz, Rice, Lynn
1976 Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey died
1972 Nolan Ryan strikes out 16 Red Sox including an AL record 8 in a row, as Angels beat Red Sox on a one hitter (Yaz in the 1st)
1972 Twins Rich Reese hits a pinch hit grand slam – 3rd of his career to tie MLB record
1971 Longest shutout in AL history – A’s beat Angels 1-0 in 20 innings – set MLB record with 43 combined strikeouts
1968 Wilt Chamberlain traded by Philadelphia to the LA Lakers
1966 Jack Nicklaus wins the 95th British Open
1965 Frank Howard ties MLB record with 7 strikeouts in a doubleheader
1963 Stan Musial appears in a record 24th All-Star game
1947 OJ Simpson was born

Friday, July 8, 2011

SPORTS HISTORY QUIZ JULY 9

1979 MLB fans vote for an all Red Sox outfield. Who were the 3 players?
1972 This Twins player hit his 3rd career grand slam as a pinch hitter to tie MLB record. Who was he?
1963 This MLB Hall of Famer appeared in a record 24th All-Star game. Who was he?

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TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JULY 8

2000 Toronto becomes the 1st team in MLB history to have 4 batters with 20 or more HRs before the All-Star break
1997 AL beats NL 3-1 in All-Star game – Sandy Alomar MVP – brother Roberto will win it in 1998
1994 In a game vs. Seattle, Red Sox shortstop John Valentin makes the 10th unassisted triple play in MLB history – in the same game an 18 year old made his MLB debut and went 0-3 – Alex Rodriguez
1990 West Germany wins World Cup
1990 After spotting the Angels a 8-0 lead, the Brewers score 20 unanswered runs (13 in the 5th) to win the game
1988 Indians’ pitcher Bud Black ties MLB record by hitting 4 batters in the 4th inning
1984 John McEnroe wins the 98th Men’s Wimbledon Open
1982 Billy Martin gets his 1,000th career win as manager – his A’s beat NYY
1980 NL wins its 9th consecutive All-Star game – Ken Griffey MVP
1970 Giants’ Jim Ray Hart is the 1st player in 59 years to have six RBI in one inning – tied MLB record
1962 41 year old Stan Musial hits a HR in his 1st 3 at bats – hit one in his last at bat yesterday to win the game – four in a row ties MLB record
1941 Hitting .405 at the All-Star break, Ted Williams hits a 3 run HR in the 9th with 2 out as AL beats the NL 7-5
1939 Bobby Riggs wins the 59th Men’s Wimbledon Open

Thursday, July 7, 2011

SPORTS HISTORY QUIZ JULY 8

2000 This team became the 1st in MLB history to have 4 hitters with 20 or more HRs before the All-Star break. What team was it?
1994 Red Sox shortstop John Valentin made the 10th unassisted triple play in MLB history. In retrospect, this may be overshadowed by the debut of this rookie. Who is he?
1970 This Giant's player became the first MLB player in 59 years to have 6 RBI in an inning. Who is he?

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TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JULY 7

2006 Indians’ Travis Hafner hits his 5th grand slam of the season – only 3 others had hit 5 in a season
2006 David Ortiz hits his 30th HR – 1st Red Sox player to hit 30 before All-Star break
2003 Arizona’s Shea Hillenbrand becomes the 7th player in MLB history to hit a HR in 3 consecutive innings – 4th, 5th, and 6th
2000 David Wells improves his record to 15-2 – only 2nd pitcher since 1988 to have 15 wins before the All-Star break
1998 AL wins All-Star game 13-8 – Roberto Alomar MVP – his brother Sandy won MVP the previous year
1993 NY Mets pitcher Anthony Young loses his 26th straight game
1992 Andy Van Slyke becomes the 1st outfielder in 18 years to record an unassisted double play
1991 Umpire Steve Palermo is shot while coming to the assistance of a woman during a robbery
1985 Boris Becker wins Wimbledon at age 17
1984 Martina Navratilova wins the 91st Women’s Wimbledon Open
1982 Don Sutton wins his 250th career game – ends with 324
1978 NYY Ron Guidry loses – his 1st loss of the season – 13-1
1977 Chicago’s Rick Reuschel runs his record to 12-2 – has given up only 1 earned run since June 1 – a HR
1975 SF catcher Marc Hill ties a MLB record set in 1905 – tags out 3 Cardinals on throws from the outfield
1974 Brewers Don Money sets MLB record for consecutive errorless games at 3rd base – 78
1974 West Germany wins the World Cup
1972 Billie Jean King wins the 79th Women’s Wimbledon Open
1962 Jockey Bill Hartack wins his 3,000th race – 8th to do so
1948 Cleveland Indians sign 42 year old Satchel Paige – will get a relief decision tomorrow and finish the season 6-1
1936 NL wins their 1st All-Star game
1906 Satchel Paige born

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

SPORTS HISTORY QUIZ JULY 7

1998 Roberto Alomar is named the All-Star MVP. Who won it last year?
1997 Chicago's Rick Reuschel runs his record to 12-2. Since June 1, how many earned runs has he given up?
1906 This baseball player was born today and in 1948 at age 42, the Cleveland Indians signed him to a contract. He would end the season with a 6-1 record. Who was he?

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TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JULY 6

2000 Cardinals rookie Keith McDonald hits a HR in the 2nd inning and becomes only the second player in MLB history to homer in his first 2 at bats (Bob Nieman in 1951) – he also homered for his 3rd hit of the season – went 0-2 next season ending his career with 3 hits, 3 HRs, 9 at bats and 5 RBI
1999 Rookie Chris Singleton of White Sox hits for the cycle – 1st rookie since 1985, and only 16th since 1900, he went 5 for 6
1990 Andy Hawkins of NYY pitches 12 innings and loses to the Twins giving up only 6 hits, his previous start on July 1 he no hit the White Sox and lost 4-0
1986 Bob Horner of Atlanta is the 11th player in MLB history to hit 4 HRs in a game, but they lost to Expos – only 2nd player to hit 4 in a losing effort (Ed Delahanty 7/13/1896)
1983 AL wins 1st All-Star game since 1971
1980 Steve Carlton gets 7 K’s against Cardinals bringing his total to 2,836 – most by a left hander (Mickey Lolich had 2,832)
1976 Houston’s J.R. Richards beats Mets 1-0 despite giving up 10 walks
1970 In a double header at Wrigley, Ron Santo hits a 2 run HR in the 1st game for a 3-2 win, in the 2nd game he has 8 RBI for a 14-2 win
1966 Orioles Boog Powell ties AL record with 11 RBI in a double header
1962 Maris and Mantle hit back to back HRs vs. Twins – 3rd time in 4 games they have done so
1957 Althea Gibson becomes the 1st black tennis player to win Wimbledon
1956 The Cy Young Award is inaugurated
1933 The American League wins baseball’s first All-Star game

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

SPORTS HISTORY QUIZ JULY 6

1998 This White Sox rookie hit for the cycle and is the first rookie since 1985 to do so, and only the 16th ever to do so. Who is he?
1983 The AL wins the All-Star game. What year was their last win?
1980 Steve Carlton throws 7 strikeouts vs. the Cardinals to reach 2,836 and become #1 as a lefthander. Who did he pass?

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TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JULY 5

2005 Manny Ramirez hits his 20th grand slam – trails only Lou Gehrig with 23
2004 Eric Gagne’s streak of 84 consecutive saves ends – 30 more than prior record
2003 Serena Williams beats sister Venus at Wimbledon
2002 Ted Williams dies at age 83 – hit .406 in 1941 and .344 lifetime
2001 Braves pitcher Greg Maddux gets his 250th win – ends season with 15 or more wins for the 14th year in a row
1999 Randy Johnson loses his 3rd game in a row – in the 3 games Arizona had not scored a run, and he had 43 strikeouts in the 3 starts
1998 Boston beats White Sox 15-14 – Boston had 20 hits, Chicago 12
1998 Roger Clemens gets his 3,000th strikeout – ends at 4,672
1998 Juan Gonzalez becomes the 2nd MLB player in history to have over 100 RBI before the All-Star break (Hank Greenberg 103 in 1935)
1998 NYY win and are 61-20 – best MLB record in history after 81 games
1996 Angels score 3 runs in the 1st, A’s score 13 in the bottom of the 1st – highest scoring 1st inning by 2 teams in MLB history
1996 Indians are shut out for the 1st time this season – lose 7-0 to Chicago
1993 Oakland’s Rickey Henderson leads off both games of a double header with a HR – 1st time since 1913 this had occurred
1992 Dream Team wins final game of the Basketball Tournament of America 127 to 80 over Venezuela – they won all 6 games by a 51.5 margin
1975 Arthur Ashe wins 89th Men’s Wimbledon Open
1968 Rod Laver wins Wimbledon
1937 Joe DiMaggio hit his 1st grand slam
1919 Babe Ruth hit 2 HRs in a game for the 1st time – ended doing it 72 times

Monday, July 4, 2011

SPORTS HISTORY QUIZ JULY 5

2002 This MLB Hall of Famer dies today. Lifetime .344 hitter. Who was he?
1998 This MLB player became only the 2nd in history (Hank Greenberg 103 in 1935) to have 100 RBI before the All-Star break. Who is he?
1993 In a double header, Rickey Henderson does something that had not been done since 1913. What was it?

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JULY 4

2005 Super Bowl winning coach Hank Stram died
2003 NYY give up 7 HRs to the Red Sox – most HRs given up by the Yankees in their history
1999 Jose Canseco of the Devil Rays gets his 30th HR of the season – only player in MLB history to hit 30 with 4 different teams – Oakland, Texas, and Toronto
1992 Steffi Graf wins the 99th Women’s Wimbledon Open
1988 Rays pitcher Charlie Hough strikes out 4 batters in an inning – pass ball on a strikeout
1984 Phil Niekro is the 9th pitcher to record 3,000 strikeouts – ends with 3,342
1984 Red Sox Jim Rice goes 5 for 6 including a grand slam in the bottom of the 9th for a 13-9 win
1983 NYY Dave Righetti pitches a no hitter vs. the Red Sox – 1st Yankee no hitter since Don Larsen’s perfect game in 1956 World Series
1982 Jimmy Connors wins Men’s Wimbledon Open
1981 John McEnroe wins 95th Men’s Wimbledon Open
1980 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 3,000th batter – ends with 5,714
1977 Red Sox hit MLB record tying 8 HRs to beat Toronto 9-6 – 7 of the 8 were solo HRs
1970 Cardinals send 3 pinch hitters to the plate in the 8th – all 3 strikeout
1967 Phil Niekro beats rookie brother Joe as Braves beat Cubs 8-3
1964 Manny Jimenez of KC hits 3 HRs – did not hit one in 1963 and only 26 in 7 seasons – game ended in a 6-6 tie as fireworks show had to run
1954 West Germany wins World Cup
1939 A tearful Lou Gehrig gives his “luckiest man in the world” speech as 61,808 Yankee fans bid him goodbye – his #4 is retired
1930 George Steinbrenner was born
1929 Al Davis was born – principal owner of the Oakland Raiders

Sunday, July 3, 2011

SPORTS HISTORY QUIZ JULY 4

1999 By hitting his 30th HR, Jose Canseco set a MLB record. What was it?
1983 The 1st NYY no hitter since Don Larsen's perfect game in 1956 took place. Who pitches it?
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TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JULY 3

2010 Kirk Gibson manages his 1st game for the Dodgers and they commit a franchise record 6 errors
2006 Nomar Garciaparra ties a MLB record by getting hit by a pitch 3 times
1998 KC pitcher Jose Rosado pitches a 2 hitter – Manny Ramirez got the 2 hits, both HRs as Cleveland wins 2-1
1994 Bobby Witt of Oakland throws his 3rd straight shutout
1993 Steffi Graf wins the 100th Women’s Wimbledon Open
1988 Gene Nelson, pitcher for the Oakland A’s, steals a base – 1st AL pitcher to steal a base since 1973 – put in as a pinch runner in the 16th inning
1983 Texas Rangers set a MLB record for the most runs scored in a single extra inning when they scored 12 in the 15th for a 16-4 win
1980 Ken Landreaux ties MLB record with 3 triples in a game
1977 Angels Frank Tanana records his 14th straight complete game – today is his birthday
1976 Rookie Mark Fryrych of Texas gets his 8th straight win
1974 Mike Marshall pitches in MLB record 13th consecutive game
1973 Brothers Gaylord and Jim Perry pitch against each other for the only time in their careers – Gaylord lost
1968 Luis Tiant of Cleveland gets 19 strike outs in a 10 inning game and sets 2 records – 32 in consecutive games, and ties record with 41 in three straight games
1966 Braves pitcher Tony Cloninger hits 2 grand slams in the game, first pitcher to ever do so and his 9 RBI is a MLB record for pitchers

Saturday, July 2, 2011

SPORTS HISTORY QUIZ JULY 3

1988 Gene Nelson of the A's becomes the first pitcher since 1973 to do this. It was not a hittong or pitching accomplishment. What was it?
1977 It is Frank Tanana's birthday and he pitched another complete game. How many did he have up to this point?
1966 Braves pitcher Tony Cloninger becomes the 1st pitcher in MLB history to do this and by doing so he set another MLB record. What was it?

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JULY 2

2007 Roger Clemens gets his 350th career win – ends with 354
2004 In a 16 inning game, Baltimore pitchers strikeout 19 and walk 18 Philadelphia batters – Orioles win 7-6
2002 White Sox beat Tigers 17-9 – teams combine for a record tying 12 HRs in the game with 6 apiece
2002 MLB record 62 HRs hit today
1999 Jeff Zimmerman of Texas beats brother Jordan of Seattle 7-6
1993 NY Mets pitcher Anthony Young loses his record 25th straight game – ends with 27 straight losses
1990 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 100th batter of the season – MLB record of 22 seasons with at least 100 K’s (Don Sutton had done it 21 seasons)
1988 Steffi Graf wins the 95th Women’s Wimbledon Open
1986 14-0 Roger Clemens gets his 1st loss of the season – will end 24-4 2.48 ERA and win Cy Young and MVP
1983 Martina Navratilova wins the 90th Women’s Wimbledon Open
1978 NYY pitcher Ron Guidry starts the season 13-0
1976 Chris Evert wins the 83rd Women’s Wimbledon Open
1975 Don Baylor of Baltimore hits a HR his 1st three times at bat – hit one his last at bat in previous game and ties MLB record with 4 consecutive
1975 Fred Lynn of Boston does not get a hit – ends his 38 game streak
1972 Twins Jim Kaat breaks his hand sliding and will miss the rest of the year – his record was 10-2 with a 2.07 ERA
1972 Willie McCovey hits his 14th grand slam and Randy Moffitt gets his 1st MLB win – his sister Billie Jean King sent him a congratulatory telegram from Wimbledon
1969 Reds pitcher Gerry Arrigo ties NL record by hitting 3 Braves in an inning – Reds pitchers will hit another 2 to set MLB record of 5 in a game
1963 Juan Marichal beats Warren Spahn in 16 innings – both pitched all 16 – Willie Mays hit a HR in the bottom of the 16th for the win
1962 Dodger pitcher Johnny Podres ties NL record with 8 consecutive strikeouts
1937 Richard Petty born
1921 Jack Dempsey KOs George Carpentier in 4 for the heavyweight title – it was the 1st million dollar gate in boxing

Friday, July 1, 2011

SPORTS HISTORY QUIZ JULY 2

2002 MLB record number of HRs hit today. How many were they?
1990 Nolan Ryan struck out his 100th batter of the season to set a MLB record. How many seasons did he strikeout 100 or more? Who did he pass?
1921 The first $1 million gate in boxing occurred. Who were the fighters?

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TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JULY 1

2005 Jesse Crain of Twins gets the win vs. Tampa – his record as a reliever goes to 8-0,was 3-0 last year and he sets MLB record of 11 relief wins to start a career
2001 “Cal Ripken Day” at Baltimore – they beat the White Sox and he has 3 hits
2001 “Barry Bonds Day” in SF – they beat St. Louis and he gets a double and 3 walks
1999 Toronto pitcher John Frascatore ties MLB record with his 3rd win in 3 consecutive appearances in 3 days
1997 Mike Tyson suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission for biting Evander Holyfield’s ear during their fight
1994 The Orioles (6) and Angels (5) combine for MLB record tying 11 HRs – 8th time in history 11 HRs were hit in a game - will be surpassed
1990 NYY Andy Hawkins throws a no hitter but loses to the White Sox 4-0 – 5 walks and 3 errors account for the runs
1979 NYY hit 5 HRs off Boston starter Dennis Eckersley to win 6-5, also Jerry Remy who was averaging .304 for the season hurts his knee sliding home and will play only 7 more games this season
1973 Luis Aparicio of Boston steals his 500th base – ends career with 506 – led AL in steals his first 9 season in the league
1970 Angels reliever Greg Garrett gets a win without throwing a pitch – picked off a runner with 2 outs in the 6th – Angels rally in the 7th and he does not return
1968 A wild pitch by St. Louis pitcher Bob Gibson allows a run to score ending 47 2/3rds innings of him pitching scoreless – went on to pitch another 23 scoreless innings
1941 Joe DiMaggio ties Willie Keeler’s 44 game consecutive hitting streak
1903 The first Tour de France begins