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THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: 7/24

1941 – Red Sox pitcher Lefty Grove picks up career victory #300.

1946 – Nine players from the Spokane baseball team in the Western League die in a bus crash.

1965 – Casey Stengel resigns as manager of the New York Mets.

1968 Pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm, then with the White Sox, passes Cy Young’s MLB record by making career appearance #907. He would finish his career with 1,070 appearances.

1976 – US swimmer John Naber becomes the first person to break the two minute mark in the 200 meter backstroke, setting the record at the Olympics in Montreal.

1978 – Pete Rose ties the National League record with a 37 game hitting streak.

1983 – George Brett hits a home run against the Yankees that is disallowed because of the amount of pine tar on his bat.

1984 – Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw announces his retirement.

1993 – Mets pitcher Anthony Young sets a record by losing his 27th consecutive decision.

2005 – Lance Armstrong wins his seventh consecutive Tour de France. He would eventually have all of his victories vacated due to using performance enhancing drugs.

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