• 1862 – Union Grounds, the first baseball park closed entirely by a fence, opens in Brooklyn.

  • 1926 – The NHL announces that New York, Detroit & Chicago will all have franchises beginning in November.

  • 1941 – Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak begins in a 13-1 loss by the Yankees.

  • 1951 – Ted Williams hits his 300th career homer.

  • 1953 – Rocky Marciano knocks out Jersey Joe Walcott in the first round of a heavyweight title fight.

  • 1971 – Billy Williams hits his 300th career home run.

  • 1973 – Nolan Ryan throws the first no-hitter of his career. He would go on to throw a record seven of them.

  • 1992 – The Portland Trailblazers defeat the Phoenix Suns 153-151 in a double overtime Western Conference semifinals game. It’s the high scoring game in NBA history.

  • 1993 – The Alamodome opens in San Antonio, Texas.

  • 1995 – The Vancouver Canucks set an NHL playoff record as Christian Ruutu and Geoff Courtnall score short-handed goals just 17 seconds apart.

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