• 1912 – South African distance runner Kenneth McArthur sets an Olympic record by running the marathon in 2 hours 36 minutes and 54.8 seconds at the summer games in Sweden.

  • 1946 – Indians manager Lou Boudreau uses a shift with six defenders on the right side of the diamond to stop Ted Williams. All Williams does is go 4-5 with three home runs and 8 RBI.

  • 1951 – CBS airs the first color telecast of a sporting event – a horse race.

  • 1951 – Citation becomes the first horse to win over $1 million in prize money during his career.

  • 1956 – Red Sox pitcher Mel Parnell throws a no-hitter against the White Sox.

  • 1967 – Eddie Matthews hits his 500th career home run.

  • 1968 – Hank Aaron hits his 500th career home run.

  • 1969 – “The Football War”, a four day military conflict between Honduras and El Salvador begins after a soccer match between the two countries.

  • 1970 – Pete Rose barrels over Indians catcher Ray Fosse to score the winning run in the 12th inning of the All-Star Game.

  • 1985 – The Baltimore Stars win their second straight USFL title, defeating the Oakland Invaders 28-24.

  • 1987 – MLB’s Rookie of the Year Award is re-named in honor of Jackie Robinson.

  • 1988 – Mike Schmidt passes Mickey Mantle for #7 on the all-time home run list with career homer #537.

  • 1994 – Ozzie Smith passes Luis Aparicio for the most assists by a shortstop.

  • 1995 – Dodger pitcher Ramon Martinez throws a no-hitter against the Marlins.


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