• 1939 – “The Splendid Splinter” Ted Williams hits his first career home run.

  • 1950 – The Minneapolis Lakers become the first team to win back to back NBA titles by defeating the Syracuse Nationals in a six game series.

  • 1954 – Hank Aaron hits his first of 755 career home runs.

  • 1964 – Houston Colt 45s pitcher Ken Johnson becomes the first pitcher in MLB history to throw a nine inning no-hitter and lose the game. In the top of the ninth, Pete Rose of the Reds reached second via an error by Johnson, then advanced to third on a ground out and eventually scored on another Houston error.

  • 1989 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar plays in his final career regular season game.

  • 1989 – With the first pick in the NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman.

  • 2002 – St. Louis Blues goalie Brent Johnson becomes the first goalie in NHL history to win have shutouts in each of his first three playoff victories. He’s only the fourth goalie in league history to have three straight playoff shutouts.

  • 2005 – The San Francisco 49ers take Utah QB Alex Smith with the #1 overall pick in the NFL Draft.

  • 2008 – The Cubs pick up the 10,000th victory in franchise history, joining the Giants as the only other franchise (at the time) to reach that milestone.

  • 2014 – Long time Region Sports announcer and local cable TV sports guy Jaime Perko passes away. With the video below to see our tribute to Jaime.

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