• 1892 – John J. Doyle of the Cleveland Spiders becomes the first player to come in to pinch hit in baseball history.

  • 1906 – The Cubs score 11 runs in the first inning on their way to a 19-0 rout of the Giants.

  • 1966 – The Mets draft Steve Chilcott with the #1 overall pick in the MLB draft. He’s one of two #1 overall picks to never reach the majors. The A’s take Reggie Jackson at #2.

  • 1977 – The White Sox select Harold Baines with the #1 overall pick in the MLB draft. He’d go on to hit 382 homers over a 22 year career. His number was retired by the White Sox in 1989 after they traded him to Texas. The un-retired it when he returned in 1997….and again in 2000.

  • 1978 – The Washington Bullets defeat the Seattle Supersonics in game #7 to win the NBA title.

  • 1989 – The Blue Jays and Brewers play in the first baseball game that starts outdoors but ends indoors. Playing in Toronto, the roof of the stadium was open to begin the game, but closed about halfway through when it started to rain.

  • 1995 – Hakeem Olajuwon tips in a shot with 0.3 seconds left in overtime to give the Rockets a 120-118 win over the Magic in game #1 of the NBA Finals.

  • 1997 – The Detroit Red Wings complete a sweep of the Flyers to win the Stanley Cup. It’s the first title for the Red Wings in 42 years.

  • 1998 – The Baltimore Orioles retire Eddie Murray’s #33.

  • 1998 – The Bulls beat the Jazz 96-54 in Game #3 of the NBA Finals. It’s the most lopsided game in Finals history and Utah’s 54 points is the fewest points in a game since the advent of the shot clock.

  • 2004 – The Tampa Bay Lightning defeat the Calgary Flames in game #7 to win the Stanley Cup.

  • 2009 – Roger Federer becomes the sixth male tennis player in history to complete the career Grand Slam after he wins the French Open. He also ties Pete Sampras’ record of 14 major singles titles.

Nathan Laird

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