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Today In Sports History

Posted: September 5, 2013 - 12:04am
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Cody Allen, left, holds a chicken as Rich Hill watches during batting practice before a baseball game between the Indians and the Baltimore Orioles, Wednesday in Cleveland. The chicken was a gift to Allen, and has been given the name "Cody." The bird, supplied by one of the Indians' clubhouse workers from an area farm, spent most of batting practice standing with Cleveland's pitchers in front of the warning track in center field. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)  Tony Dejak
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Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Cody Allen, left, holds a chicken as Rich Hill watches during batting practice before a baseball game between the Indians and the Baltimore Orioles, Wednesday in Cleveland. The chicken was a gift to Allen, and has been given the name "Cody." The bird, supplied by one of the Indians' clubhouse workers from an area farm, spent most of batting practice standing with Cleveland's pitchers in front of the warning track in center field. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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1908 — Brooklyn’s Nap Rucker pitched a 6-0 no-hitter against Boston. Rucker struck out 14 and walked none.

1918 — Babe Ruth pitched a six-hitter as the Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago Cubs 1-0 in the opening game of the World Series. The Series was started early due to World War I.

1922 — The United States beats Australia 4-1 to capture the Davis Cup for the third straight year.

1938 — Don Budge leads the United States to a 3-2 victory over Australia in the Davis Cup final.

1939 — Australia beats the United States to win the Davis Cup. Adrian Quist and John Bromwich post victories over Bobby Riggs and Frank Parker.

1943 — Joseph Hunt wins the men’s title in the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association championships with a four-set victory over Jack Kramer.

1949 — Pancho Gonzalez captures his second consecutive men’s singles title in the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association championships. Gonzalez needs 67 games — the most ever in a final — to defeat Ted Schroeder, 16-18, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. Mary Osborne du Pont defeats Doris Hart 6-4, 6-1 for the women’s title.

1950 — Arthur Larsen wins the men’s title in the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association championships and Mary Osborne du Pont wins the women’s title for the third straight year.

1951 — Sixteen-year-old Maureen Connolly wins the U.S. women’s singles title with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 victory over Shirley Fry.

1954 — Roswell’s Joe Bauman of the Longhorn League hit three home runs to give him 72 for the season. Bauman never made it to the majors.

1955 — Brooklyn pitcher Don Newcombe connected for his seventh homer of the season for a National League record for home runs by a pitcher. The Dodgers, behind Newcombe’s power and 20th win, beat the Phillies 11-4.

1971 — J.R. Richard tied Karl Spooner’s major league record by striking out 15 San Francisco Giants in his first major league game as the Houston Astros beat the Giants.

1975 — Eighteen-year-old Martina Navratilova of Czechoslovakia losesto Chris Evert in the U.S. Open women’s semifinals, then appears at the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service office in New York and asks for political asylum.

1989 — Chris Evert’s illustrious career ends in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open when she blows a 5-2 first-set lead and is beaten 7-6, 6-2 by Zina Garrison. Evert’s record at the U.S. Open is 101-12 and she finishes her career with a match record of 1,304-145 and 18 Grand Slam titles.

1993 — Noureddine Morceli of Algeria breaks the world record in the mile by almost 2 seconds with a time of 3 minutes, 44.39 seconds in the Rieti Invitational. Britain’s Steve Cram set the previous mark of 3:46.32 in 1985 at Oslo, Norway.

1994 — San Francisco’s Jerry Rice catches a pair of scoring passes and runs in a 23-yard reverse to become the NFL’s career touchdown leader with 127.

1998 — Mark McGwire becomes the third player in baseball history to reach 60 home runs, as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-0. He joins Babe Ruth and Roger Maris with 60 homers in a single season.

1998 — Marion Jones completes an undefeated season, 35-for-35, winning the long jump and the 100 meters an hour apart at the IAAF Grand Prix Finals in Moscow.

2001 — Alexei Yashin, who sat out an entire season in a contract dispute two years earlier, agrees to the longest deal in NHL history. The New York Islanders and the 27-year-old Russian agree to terms on a 10-year contract worth $87.5 million.

2002 — There are no medals for the United States at the World Championships. In yet another stunning outcome, Yugoslavia comes back from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter and defeats the U.S. team 81-78. After going 58-0 using NBA players in international competitions, the Americans lose two straight.

2003 — Mike Maroth becomes the first major league pitcher in 23 years to lose 20 games in a season when Detroit loses to Toronto 8-6. Maroth (6-20) allows eight runs and nine hits in three-plus innings. Oakland’s Brian Kingman went 8-20 in 1980.

2006 — For the first time in more than three decades, there were seven shutouts in the major leagues on one day. It was the most shutouts on one day since there were a record eight on June 4, 1972, when 16 games were played. Thirteen games were played.

2007 — Alicia Sacramone’s floor routine rallies the United States to the world women’s gymnastics title in Stuttgart, Germany. The Americans finishes with 184.4 points, beating defending champion China by .95 for their second world title, and the first won on foreign soil.

2009 — Iowa blocks two field goals in the closing seconds to hold off lower-division Northern Iowa 17-16.

2009 — Three-year-old filly Rachel Alexandra became the first female ever to win the Grade I Woodward Stakes when she held off Macho Again by a head at Saratoga.

2011 — Antron Brown becomes the first NHRA racer to win the U.S. Nationals in both Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle, beating Del Worsham in the Top Fuel final. Brown beats Worsham with a run of 3.813 seconds at 321.73 mph. Brown, five-time winner this season, completes a successful transition to Top Fuel from Pro Stock Motorcycle in 2008.

2012 — Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy was struck on the right side of his head by a hard shot from the Angels’ Erick Aybar. McCarthy suffered an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture. He had two hours of surgery to relieve pressure on his brain later that night.

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