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THIS DATE IN SPORTS HISTORY

1898 – Lizzie Arlington becomes the first woman to play professional baseball when she pitches the ninth inning for the Reading Coal Heavers against the Allentown Peanuts. She allows two hits and walks a batter, but still preserves a 5-0 win.

1934 – Lou Gehrig hits his 17th career grand slam, passing Babe Ruth for the most in MLB history.

1935 – Tony and Al Cuccinello become the first brothers to both hit an MLB home run in the same game, Tony hitting one for the Dodgers and Al for the Giants.

1947 – Larry Doby becomes the first African American to play in the American League, suiting up for the Cleveland Indians.

1968 – The Philadelphia 76ers trade Wilt Chamberlain to the Los Angeles Lakers.

1975 – Arthur Ashe defeats Jimmy Connors to win Wimbledon. Ashe is the first African American to win a Wimbledon title.

1987 – Mark McGwire of the Oakland A’s becomes the first rookie to hit 30 home runs before the All Star break.

1991 – Major League Baseball approves expansion franchises in Denver, Colorado and Miami, Florida to begin play in 1993.

1993 – Rickey Henderson, then with the A’s, becomes the first baseball player since 1913 to lead off both games of a double-header with a home run.

1997 – At 16 years old, Martina Hingis becomes the youngest player to win Wimbledon since 1887.

1998 – Roger Clemens records career strikeout #3,000.

2015 – The US wins its third Women’s World Cup title and first since 1999, defeating Japan 5-2 in the final.

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