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THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: 9/17

THIS DATE IN SPORTS HISTORY

1917 – Baseball legend Honus Wagner announces his retirement at age 43. The Pirates retire his jersey #33.

1920 – The American Pro Football Association is formed in Canton, Ohio with 12 teams in the league. In 1922, the APFA will change its name to the National Football League.

1941 – St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan Musial makes his MLB debut, going 2-4 at the plate.

1953 – Ernie Banks becomes the first African-American player in the history of the Cubs.

1961 – The Minnesota Vikings play in their first NFL game, defeating the Bears 37-13.

1964 – In the same game, Mickey Mantle picks up career hits #1,999, #2,000 and #2,001 as well as his 450th career home run.

1967 – The New Orleans Saints make their NFL debut, losing to the Rams 27-13.

1984 – Reggie Jackson becomes the 13th player in MLB history to reach the 500 career homer mark.

2000 – The Miami Dolphins retire #13 in honor of Dan Marino.

2004 – Barry Bonds hits career home run #700. He’s just the third player in MLB history to reach that mark.

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