• 1919 – Babe Ruth hits two home runs in a game for the first of 72 times in his career.

  • 1937 – Joe DiMaggio hits his first career grand slam.

  • 1947 –Larry Doby makes his debut with the Cleveland Indians, making him the first African American player in AL history.

  • 1968 – The 76ers trade Wilt Chamberlain to the Lakers for Jerry Chambers, Archie Clark & Darrall Imhoff.

  • 1975 – With a win over Jimmy Connors in the final, Arthur Ashe becomes the first African-American to capture the Wimbledon men’s singles title.

  • 1987 – Mark McGwire becomes the first rookie in MLB history to hit 30 home runs before the All-Star break.

  • 1991 – The Marlins and Rockies are officially approved as expansion franchises to begin play in 1993.

  • 1993 – Oakland’s Rickey Henderson leads off both games of a double header with a home run. He’s the first player since 1913 to do so.

  • 1996 – After the Angels score three runs in the top of the first, the A’s score 13 in the bottom half. The 16 combined runs is the highest in a first inning in MLB history.

  • 1998 – Juan Gonzalez of the Texas Rangers becomes the second player in MLB history to have over 100 RBI at the All-Star break. Hank Greenberg did it in 1935.

  • 1998 – Roger Clemens records his 3,000th career strikeout.

  • 2001 – Greg Maddux collects his 250th career win.

  • 2002 – Baseball great Ted Williams dies at the age of 83.

  • 2004 – Dodgers close Eric Gagne’s record of 84 consecutive saves comes to an end.

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