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Today In Sports History

Posted: September 16, 2013 - 11:08pm
ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, SEPT. 14-15 - The Phoenix Coyotes run drills during the first day of the NHL hockey team's training camp, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. Coyotes general manager Don Maloney was like a traveling salesman the past four years, trying to convince players to look past the franchise's uncertain future and play hockey for him in the desert. He did it without much wiggle room, either, handcuffed by the financial restraints of being run by the NHL. Now that the Coyotes finally have an owner in place, Maloney no longer has to find ways to be creative and can operate under the same ground rules as the rest of the league's general managers. (AP Photo/Matt York)  Matt York
Matt York
ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, SEPT. 14-15 - The Phoenix Coyotes run drills during the first day of the NHL hockey team's training camp, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. Coyotes general manager Don Maloney was like a traveling salesman the past four years, trying to convince players to look past the franchise's uncertain future and play hockey for him in the desert. He did it without much wiggle room, either, handcuffed by the financial restraints of being run by the NHL. Now that the Coyotes finally have an owner in place, Maloney no longer has to find ways to be creative and can operate under the same ground rules as the rest of the league's general managers. (AP Photo/Matt York)

SEPTEMBER 17

1920 — The forerunner of the NFL, the American Professional Football Association, is founded in an automobile showroom in Canton, Ohio. Twelve teams pay a $100 fee to obtain a franchise.

1930 — Cleveland’s Earl Averill drove in eight runs with three consecutive home runs to lead the Indians to a 13-7 victory over the Washington Senators in a doubleheader opener. Averill added another homer in the nightcap, which the Senators took 6-4, and set an American League record with 11 RBIs in the twinbill.

1938 — Don Budge completes the grand slam of tennis with a four-set victory over Gene Mako in the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association championships.

1954 — Rocky Marciano knocks out Ezzard Charles in the eighth round at the Yankee Stadium in New York to retain his world heavyweight title.

1967 — Johnny Unitas of the Baltimore Colts passes for 401 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-31 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

1968 — Gaylord Perry of the San Francisco Giants pitched a no-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals for a 1-0 victory.

1984 — Reggie Jackson, at 38, became the 13th player in major league history to record 500 home runs. No. 500 came off Kansas City pitcher Bud Black. His homer came exactly 17 years after he got his first career hit.

1984 — Rookie pitcher Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets struck out 16 Phillies in a 2-1 loss at Philadelphia. Five days earlier, Gooden fanned 16 Pittsburgh Pirates tying a major league record for 32 strikeouts in two consecutive games.

1994 — UNLV wide receiver Randy Gatewood catches 23 passes for 363 yards and a touchdown in a 48-38 loss to Idaho.

2002 — Suzy Whaley becomes the first woman to qualify for a PGA Tour event, earning an exemption to the 2003 Greater Hartford Open by winning a PGA Section Championship. Whaley, also is the first woman to win a Section Championship.

2004 — Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki broke Lloyd Waner’s single-season record for singles with his 199th in a 6-3 win over Oakland. Suzuki’s two hits gave him 235 for the season, 22 shy of the major league record set by George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns in 1920.

2006 — Paul Casey turns in a record-setting performance to win the World Match Play Championship. Casey completes a dominating week by winning the last five holes for a 10-and-8 victory over Shaun Micheel, the largest margin of the championship match in the 43-year history of this tournament.

2006 — Italy wins its first Fed Cup title, beating Belgium 3-2 after Justine Henin-Hardenne is forced to stop because of searing knee pain during the deciding doubles match. The Italian duo of Francesca Schiavone and Roberta Vinci beat Henin-Hardenne and Kirsten Flipkens 3-6, 6-2, 2-0.

2008 — Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki matched Willie Keeler’s major league record of eight straight 200-hit seasons, beating out an infield single in the eighth inning for his third hit against Kansas City.

2008 — Tampa Bay (90-60) became the sixth team in major league history to win 90 games immediately following a stretch of at least 10 consecutive losing seasons. The others were the 1912 Washington Senators, 1914 Boston Braves, 1956 Cincinnati Reds, 1979 Montreal Expos and 2006 Detroit Tigers.

2011 — Houston lost 100 games in a season for the first time in franchise history, falling to the Chicago Cubs 2-1. The Astros, who began play in 1962 as the Colt .45s, dropped to 51-100. Colorado and the Angels are the only remaining franchises that have never lost 100 games in a season.

2011 — Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers scored his 100th run in the third inning and stole his 40th base in the sixth of a 6-1 win over Pittsburgh. Kemp became the first player in Dodgers franchise history with at least 40 steals, 100 runs scored, 100 RBIs and 30 home runs.

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