Sunday, August 11
1907 — In the second game of a doubleheader, shortened by agreement, Ed Karger of the St. Louis Cardinals pitched a seven-inning perfect game, beating the Boston Braves 4-0.
1926 — Tris Speaker of Cleveland hit his 700th career double, but the Indians lost to the Chicago White Sox, 7-2. The double came in the third inning off Joe Edwards.
1929 — Babe Ruth hit his 500th career home run in the second inning off Willis Hudlin at Cleveland’s League Park. The homer was Ruth’s 30th of the year, but it wasn’t enough as the Indians beat the Yankees 6-5.
1943 — Volo Song, driven by Ben White, wins the Hambletonian Stakes in the third heat.
1948 — Demon Hanover, driven by Harrison Hoyt, wins the Hambletonian Stakes in straight heats.
1951 — Robin Roberts of the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Giants 4-0, dropping the Giants 13 1/2 games behind the first-place Brooklyn Dodgers.
1961 — Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves scattered six hits to beat the Chicago Cubs, 2-1, for his 300th career victory.
1970 — Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jim Bunning beats the Houston Astros 6-5 to become the first pitcher to win 100 games in both leagues since Cy Young.
1974 — Lee Trevino beats Jack Nicklaus by one stroke to capture the PGA Championship.
1979 — Peter Haughton wins his second International Trot at Roosevelt Raceway by driving Doublemint to victory.
1984 — Britain’s Sebastian Coe sets an Olympic record in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:32.53.
1985 — Hubert Green beats defending champion Lee Trevino by two strokes to take the PGA Championship.
1986 — Bob Tway’s bunker shot on the final hole gives him the PGA Championship over Greg Norman.
1986 — Cincinnati player-manager Pete Rose, 45, singled four times and doubled to set a NL record with the 10th five-hit game of his career. Rose drove in three runs in a 13-4 loss to the San Francisco Giants, to move one ahead of Max Carey for the record.
1987 — Mark McGwire of the Athletics broke Al Rosen’s AL rookie record by hitting his 38th home run in Oakland’s 8-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners.
1991 — John Daly, the last alternate to make the field, wins the 73rd PGA Championship with a 1-under 71 to finish three strokes ahead of Bruce Lietzke.
1995 — Michael Johnson wins the 200 meters in 19.79 seconds in the World Track and Field Championships to become the first runner to capture the 200 and 400 meters in a major championship.
1996 — Mark Brooks makes a 5-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with Kenny Perry to win the PGA Championship.
2001 — Barry Bonds hit his 50th homer of the season to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 9-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs. No player had reached 50 home runs faster than Bonds.
2002 — Sammy Sosa hit a grand slam and drove in five runs in the Chicago Cubs’ 12-9 victory over Colorado to set an NL record for RBIs in consecutive games with 14
2002 — Karrie Webb’s latest comeback establishes a new standard of excellence on the LPGA Tour: the Super Slam — winning the four tournaments currently regarded as majors as well as the du Maurier, which lost its major status in 2000 after 21 years. Webb shoots a 6-under 66, rallying from three strokes behind to become the first three-time winner in the Women’s British Open.
2004 — Randy Wolf homered twice and threw seven solid innings to lead Philadelphia to a 15-4 victory over Colorado. Wolf, who has four career homers, went 3-for-3 and scored three runs.
2007 — Rick Ankiel homered twice and drove in three runs, the latest power display by the former pitcher, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-1
2008 — In Beijing, Michael Phelps gets his second gold medal — thanks to a late comeback in the 400-meter freestyle relay by Jason Lezak, who lunges to the wall just ahead of the French anchor. The U.S. team’s time of 3:08.24 shatters its world record of 3:12.23 set the night before in preliminaries.
2010 — Arizona tied a major league record by hitting four consecutive home runs, with Adam LaRoche, Miguel Montero, Mark Reynolds and Stephen Drew all connecting in the fourth inning of an 8-2 win over Milwaukee. The Diamondbacks became the seventh team in history to accomplish the feat. Milwaukee starter Dave Bush became the first pitcher in the majors to give up four straight home runs since the New York Yankees’ Chase Wright did it against Boston on April 22, 2007.
2011 — Steve Stricker misses a 10-foot birdie putt at his final hole, just a hair away from becoming the first player to shoot 62 in a major championship. He settles for a 7-under score and the opening-round lead in the PGA Championship.
2012 — Usain Bolt is a perfect 3 for 3 at the London Olympics — three events, three victories — just like Beijing four years ago. Almost even with the last U.S. runner when he got the baton for the anchor leg of the 4x100 meters, Bolt steadily pulls away down the stretch, gritting his teeth and leaning at the line to cap his perfect Summer Games by leading Jamaica to victory in a world-record 36.84 seconds. Allyson Felix wins her third gold medal, giving the United States a 20-meter lead after the second leg of the 4x400-meter relay. DeeDee Trotter, Felix, Francena McCorory and Sanya Richards-Ross bring home the victory for the Americans’ fifth straight Olympic title in the event.
2012 — Candace Parker scores 21 points and the heavily favored U.S. women’s basketball team wins a fifth straight Olympic gold medal with an 86-50 victory over France. The win is the latest in an unmatched run for the Americans in the past 16 years. The U.S. has won 41 consecutive games in the Olympic competition since taking the bronze medal in 1992.