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Today In Sports History

Posted: July 29, 2013 - 12:02am
Boston Red Sox's Jose Iglesias (10) beats out a bunt single as San Diego Padres first baseman Jesus Guzman awaits the throw during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Thursday, July 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)  Winslow Townson
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Boston Red Sox's Jose Iglesias (10) beats out a bunt single as San Diego Padres first baseman Jesus Guzman awaits the throw during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Thursday, July 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

July 29

1751 — The first International World Title Prize Fight takes place in Harlston, Norfolk, England. The champion, Jack Slack of England, beats the challenger, M. Petit of France, in 25 minutes.

1908 — Rube Waddell struck out 16 as the St. Louis Browns beat the Philadelphia A’s 5-4.

1911 — Joe Wood of the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Browns with a 5-0 no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader. Wood fanned 12 and allowed three baserunners on two walks and a hit batsman.

1915 — Honus Wagner, 41, became the oldest player to hit a grand slam as Pittsburgh beat Brooklyn 8-2. The grand slam was an inside-the-park homer. Wagner remained the record holder until 1985, when Tony Perez hit one the day before his 43rd birthday.

1924 — Paul Runyan defeats Craig Wood 1 up in 38 holes in the final round to capture the PGA championship.

1928 — The Cleveland Indians scored eight runs in the first inning and nine more in the second and went on to beat the New York Yankees 24-6 at Dunn Field. Johnny Hodapp singled twice in the second and sixth innings.

1934 — Paul Runyan beats Craig Wood on the 38th hole to win the PGA Championship at Park Country Club in Williamsville, N.Y.

1936 — The Brooklyn Dodgers beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 22-7, in the first game of a doubleheader, then lost the second game 5-4.

1955 — Smoky Burgess of the Cincinnati Reds hit three home runs and drove in nine runs in a 16-5 rout of the Pittsburgh Pirates at Crosley Field.

1956 — Cathy Cornelius wins a playoff over Barbara McIntyre to win the U.S. Women’s Open.

1957 — At the Polo Grounds in New York, Floyd Patterson TKOs Tommy Jackson at 1:52 of the 10th round to retain the heavyweight title.

1968 — George Culver of the Cincinnati Reds pitched a 6-1 no-hitter against the Phillies in the second game of a doubleheader at Philadelphia.

1979 — Amy Alcott shoots a 7-under 285 to beat Nancy Lopez in the Peter Jackson Classic, later named The du Maurier Classic. The du Maurier is one of the LPGA Tour’s major championships from 1979-2000.

1980 — Wladyslaw Kozakiewicz of Poland sets an Olympic record in the pole vault by clearing 18-11½ in Moscow.

1983 — Steve Garvey of the San Diego Padres ended his NL record of 1,207 consecutive games. The streak ended when he dislocated his thumb in a collision with Atlanta pitcher Pascual Perez while trying to score.

1986 — The United States Football League wins and loses in its lawsuit against the National Football League. The jury finds that the NFL violated antitrust laws, as the USFL claimed, but awards the USFL only $1 in damages.

1989 — Cuba’s Javier Sotomayor becomes the first person to high jump 8 feet, setting a world record at the Caribbean Championship in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Sotomayor held the record at 7-11½.

1990 — Beth Daniel shoots a 66 to overcome a 5-shot deficit and win the LPGA Championship — her first major title in 12 years on the tour. Daniel beats Rosie Jones by one stroke and pockets $150,000, the largest in LPGA Tour history.

1991 — Jack Nicklaus shoots a 5-under 65 to beat Chi Chi Rodriquez by four strokes in a playoff for the U.S. Senior Open title.

1992 — The U.S. 400-meter freestyle relay team wins the gold medal as Matt Biondi and Tom Jager become the first U.S. male swimmers to win golds in three Olympics.

1996 — Record-setting sprinter Michael Johnson sweeps to victory in an Olympic 400-meter record 43.49 seconds, while Carl Lewis leaps into history in Atlanta. Lewis’ long jump of 27 feet, 10¾ inches earns him his ninth gold medal, equaling the American mark held by swimmer Mark Spitz.

2000 — Eddie Taubensee hit a game-tying homer with two outs in the ninth and homered again in the 11th to lead Cincinnati to a 4-3 win over Montreal.

2001 — Craig Monroe homered in his first major league at-bat as the Texas Rangers beat Tampa Bay 2-0.

2001 — Lance Armstrong wins his third straight Tour de France, ending three weeks of grueling competition and again dominating the world’s toughest cycling event. He’s the first American to win the Tour three times in a row. The title was among those stripped in 2012 for doping.

2003 — Boston’s Bill Mueller becomes the first player in major league history to hit grand slams from both sides of the plate in a game and connects for three homers in a 14-7 win at Texas.

2006 — Tomas Perez tied a major league record with four doubles, going 5-for-5 and leading the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to a 19-6 rout of the New York Yankees.

2007 — Alberto Contador wins the doping-scarred Tour de France, a new, young and unlikely winner for the three-week race shaken to its core by scandals. The 24-year-old’s margin of victory — just 23 seconds ahead of Cadel Evans of Australia — is the second-narrowest in the Tour’s 104-year history.

2008 — Disgraced ex-NBA official Tim Donaghy admits that he’d brought shame on his profession as a federal judge sentenced him to 15 months behind bars for a gambling scandal.

2010 — Anibal Sanchez pitched a one-hitter in the Florida Marlins’ 5-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants. Sanchez retired his first 13 batters and matched a career-high with eight strikeouts.

2012 — Kimberly Rhode wins the Olympic gold medal in women’s skeet shooting, making her the first American to take an individual-sport medal in five consecutive Olympics.

2012 — Dana Vollmer of the United States sets a world record to win the 100-meter butterfly at the London Olympics. Vollmer, third at the turn, hits the wall in 55.98 seconds to shave 0.08 off the previous mark set by Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden at the 2009 world championships in Rome.

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