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1923 – Lou Gehrig hits his first career home run. He’d go on to hit 493 of them during his career.

1930 – Cubs’ slugger, Hack Wilson, sets the National League home run record, hitting two on the day to bring his total to 56. 

1939 – The White Sox host the first day-night doubleheader in baseball history. They lost both games to Cleveland.

1950 – In a bout at Yankee Stadium, Ezzard Chardles defeats Joe Louis via a unanimous decision to retain the heavyweight title.

1961 – Sandy Koufax sets the National League single-season strikeout record with 269.

1973 – Nolan Ryan sets an MLB record by recording his 383rd strikeout of the season.

1975 – University of Kansas quarterback Nolan Cromwell sets an NCAA record by rushing for 294 yards in a 20-0 win over Oregon State.

2000 – The United States baseball team wins the gold medal a the Sydney Olympics. 

2008 – In the final start of his career, Greg Maddux picks up career victory #355.

2009 – The Detroit Lions end a 19-game losing streak as they beat Washington 19-14. It is their first win since December 23, 2007, matching the second-longest losing streak in NFL history.

2009 – Philadelphia Eagles QB Kevin Kolb becomes the first QB in NFL history to throw for more than 300 yards in each of his first two career starts as he throws for 327 yards in a win over the Chiefs.

2014 – Tennessee Tech football coach Watson Brown becomes the first head coach in NCAA football history to lose 200 games in a career. With a loss to Northern Iowa, Brown’s record stood at 128-200-1 in 30 years as a coach.

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