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Today In Sports History

Posted: August 12, 2013 - 12:07am
In this image provided by the New York Racing Association (NYRA), Take Her Tothe Top, left, ridden by  Xavier Aizpuru, clears a jump on their way to winning The Mrs. Ogden Phipps steeplechase horse race at Saratoga Race Course Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The Grey Express, right, ridden by Ross Geraghty, finished second. (AP Photo/NYRA)
In this image provided by the New York Racing Association (NYRA), Take Her Tothe Top, left, ridden by Xavier Aizpuru, clears a jump on their way to winning The Mrs. Ogden Phipps steeplechase horse race at Saratoga Race Course Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The Grey Express, right, ridden by Ross Geraghty, finished second. (AP Photo/NYRA)

1876 — Madeleine wins two straight heats over Canada’s Countess of Dufferin to defend the America’s Cup.

1921 — Philadelphia’s George Smith gave up 12 hits and still pitched a shutout as the Phillies beat the Boston Braves 4-0

1936 — Rosalind, driven by Ben White, wins the Hambletonian Stakes in straight heats.

1937 — Shirley Hanover, driven by Henry Thomas, wins the Hambletonian Stakes in straight heats.

1942 — The Ambassador, driven by Ben White, wins the Hambletonian Stakes in the third heat.

1948 — In the second game of a doubleheader, the Cleveland Indians beat the St. Louis Browns 26-3 with a 29-hit barrage. The Indians set a major league record as 14 different players hit safely.

1953 — Helicopter, driven by Harry Harvey, wins the Hambletonian Stakes in the third heat.

1964 — Mickey Mantle hit a home run both left- and right-handed in a 7-3 win over the Chicago White Sox. It was the 10th time in his career and a major league record for switch-hit homers in a game.

1966 — Art Shamsky of the Cincinnati Reds connected for three home runs in a 14-11, 13-inning loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Crosley Field. Two of the homers came in the 10th and 11th innings. The game featured 11 homers by both clubs. Shamsky entered the game in the eighth inning for defensive purposes. In the bottom of the eighth, Shamsky hit a two-run homer to put the Reds ahead 8-7. Shamsky hit a solo shot to tie the game 9-9 in the 10th. Shamsky came back the in 11th inning with a two-run homer to tie the game again, 11-11. The Pirates scored three runs in the 13th for the victory.

1974 — Nolan Ryan of the California Angles struck out 19 Boston Red Sox for a 4-2 victory.

1978 — Cold Comfort, driven by 23-year-old Peter Haughton, ties the International Trot mark of 2:31 3-5 at Roosevelt Raceway which makes Haughton the youngest driver to win the International.

1986 — Don Baylor of the Boston Red Sox set an AL record when he was hit by a pitch for the 25th time for the season, breaking the record he had shared with Bill Freehan (1968) and Norm Elberfield (1911). Kansas City’s Bud Black was the pitcher as the Royals completed a doubleheader sweep with a 6-5 victory.

1988 — The Boston Red Sox set an AL record with their 23rd straight victory at home, beating the Detroit Tigers 9-4. Boston surpassed the league mark of 22 set by the 1931 Philadelphia Athletics.

1990 — Wayne Grady of Australia sheds his runner-up image with a 3-stroke victory over Fred Couples in the PGA Championship. Grady had recorded 29 second-place finishes in his career.

1994 — Major League Baseball players strike in the sport’s eighth work stoppage since 1972.

1995 — Ernie Els sets a PGA record with the lowest three-day score in a major. Els, with a 197, holds a three-stroke lead in the PGA Championship.

2000 — Evander Holyfield scores a 12-round unanimous decision over John Ruiz in Las Vegas to win the vacant WBA heavyweight title.

2001 — Mark McGwire hit his 575th career home run and St. Louis beat the New York Mets 4-1. McGwire’s last 11 hits had been homers.

2001 — Wendy Ward sets LPGA scoring records for a 54-hole tournament to win the Wendy’s Championship for Children by three shots. Ward’s 54-hole hole total of 21-under 195 is a tour record for a 54-hole tournament, both in relation to par and scoring total.

2007 — Tiger Woods captures the PGA Championship to win at least one major for the third straight season and run his career total to 13. Woods closes with a 1-under 69 for a two-shot victory over Woody Austin.

2007 — Bobby Jenks pitched a perfect ninth inning in the Chicago White Sox’s 6-0 loss to Seattle, breaking David Wells’ American League record and tying the major league record of 41 straight batters retired. Jim Barr also set down 41 straight for San Francisco in 1972.

2008 — David Ortiz hit two three-run homers in a 10-run first inning and Boston, despite blowing a 10-0 lead, beat Texas 19-17 in a wild game. The combined 36 runs tied in AL record set on June 29, 1950, when the Red Sox beat the Philadelphia Athletics 22-14. The Red Sox actually trailed and eventually pulled it out on Kevin Youkilis’ two-run homer, his second of the game.

2008 — Michael Phelps wins the 200-meter freestyle for his third gold medal at the Beijing Games. It’s his ninth career gold, tying Mark Spitz, Carl Lewis, Soviet gymnast Larysa Latynina and Finnish runner Paavo Nurmi for the most ever.

2010 — Casey McGehee set a franchise record with his ninth straight hit, going 4 for 4 and leading the Milwaukee Brewers to an 8-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. McGehee had a solo homer, a two-run double, an RBI single and another single.

2011 — Tiger Woods misses the cut at the PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club. With one final bogey for a 3-over 73, Woods finishes out of the top 100 for the first time ever in a major. He is 15 shots behind Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley.

2012 — The U.S. men’s basketball team defends its title by fighting off another huge challenge from Spain, pulling away in the final minutes for a 107-100 victory and its second straight Olympic championship. The victory by the men’s basketball team gives the United States its 46th gold medal in London, the most ever by Americans in a “road” Olympics.

2012 — Rory McIlroy breaks the PGA Championship record for margin of victory that Jack Nicklaus set in 1980. McIlroy sinks one last birdie from 25 feet on the 18th hole to give him a 6-under 66 for an eight-shot victory. McIlroy closes out a remarkable week by playing bogey-free over the final 23 holes of a demanding Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, S.C.

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