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1887 – The world’s first motor race is held in France. George Bouton wins the race, driving a steam-powered quadricylce.

1912 – Fenway Park opens with the Red Sox defeating the New York Highlanders 7-6 in 11 innings.

1912 – Tiger Stadium in Detroit opens as the Tigers beat Cleveland 6-5.

1916 – Weeghman Park opens in Chicago with the Cubs defeating the Reds 7-6. In 1919, the name of Weeghman Park changes to Cubs Field and starting in 1927 it would be known as Wrigley Field.

1920 – Philadelphia Phillies manager Gravvy Cravath puts himself in a game against the New York Giants as a pinch hitter. Cravath hits a three run homer to give the Phillies a 3-0 win.

1939 – Ted Williams doubles for his first career hit.

1967 – Future Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver defeats the Cubs for his first career win.

1986 – Michael Jordan sets an NBA playoff record with 63 points in a double overtime loss to the Celtics.

1988 – The Baltimore Orioles set an MLB record for worst start to a season by going 0-14. They would end up going 0-21 before picking up a win.

1991 – Mark Lenzi becomes the first person to score 100 points on a single dive. At the US Indoor Diving Championships, Lenzi scores 101.85 on a reverse 3.5 somersault from the tuck position to win the three-meter springboard title.

1996 – The Bulls win their 72nd game of the NBA season, setting a new NBA record.

1996 – The New York Jets select USC receiver Keyshawn Johnson with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft.

1997 – Michael Jordan wins his ninth career scoring title after averaging 29.6 points per game. It’s the first time he won a scoring title averaging fewer than 30 points per game.

2002 – With their first selection in franchise history, the Houston Texans select Fresno State quarterback David Carr #1 overall in the NFL Draft.

2008 – Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300, becoming the first female driver to win an IndyCar Series race.

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