• 1869 – The Cincinnati Red Stockings become the first official professional baseball franchise.

  • 1912 – Cy Young retires from baseball. He won 511 games in his career.

  • 1962 – Wilt Chamberlain becomes the first player in NBA history to score 4,000 points in a season.

  • 1988 – The NFL’s St. Louis Cardinals officially move to Phoenix.

  • 1991 – Sergei Bubka of the USSR sets a world record in the pole vault, but vaulting 6.14m.

  • 1997 – Joe Mullen of the Pittsburgh Penguins becomes the first American born player in NHL history to score 500 career goals.

  • 1997 – With a 73-56 North Carolina victory over Colorado, Tarheels coach Dean Smith passes Adolph Rupp for the most career college basketball coaching victories with 877.

  • 2008 – The Georgia Southern baseball team sets a collegiate baseball record for any division by hitting 14 home runs in a 26-8 win over Columbia. 12 players on the team hit homers.

  • 2011 – John Baker wins the Iditarod sled dog race. He’s the first native Alaskan to win since 1976.

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