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THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: 9/7

1892 – Jim Corbett knocks out John L. Sullivan in the 21st round to win the first world heavyweight title bout fought under the Marquis of Queensberry rules.

1955 – Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford becomes the fifth pitcher in MLB history to throw one hitters in consecutive games.

1974 – Billie Jean King wins her 4th U.S. Open singles title over Evonne Goolagong Cawley. 

1979 – ESPN goes on the air for the first time.

1984 – Mets’ Pitcher Dwight Gooden sets the National League rookie record at 236. 

1986 – Dan Marino throws his 100th career touchdown pass, becoming the fastest passer in NFL history to reach this mark. 

1991 – BYU quarterback Ty Detmer sets an NCAA record by passing for 11,606 career yards.

1992 – Bud Selig is appointed as interim Commissioner of MLB. He would not officially become the full time Commissioner until 1998.

1993 – Mark Whiten of the St. Louis Cardinals hits four home runs and drive in 12 runs in a 15-2 win over the Reds. He’s the first player in MLB history to accomplish both feats in the same game.

1996 – Mike Tyson defeats Bruce Seldon for the WBA heavyweight championship in just 96 seconds.

2002 – Serena Williams wins his second U.S. Open title, defeating her sister, Venus, in straight sets. 

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