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Today In Sports History

Posted: September 18, 2013 - 12:00am
In this photo provided by Charlotte Motor Speedway, seven-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher and five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson perform a side-by-side burnout Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, on pit road at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C. NHRA's Countdown to the Championship opens this weekend at zMAX Dragway in Concord, while the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup gets underway at Chicagoland Speedway. Charlotte Motor Speedway is the only facility that hosts playoff rounds for both major series. (AP Photo/Charlotte Motor Speedway, Harold Hinson)  Harold Hinson
Harold Hinson
In this photo provided by Charlotte Motor Speedway, seven-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher and five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson perform a side-by-side burnout Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, on pit road at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C. NHRA's Countdown to the Championship opens this weekend at zMAX Dragway in Concord, while the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup gets underway at Chicagoland Speedway. Charlotte Motor Speedway is the only facility that hosts playoff rounds for both major series. (AP Photo/Charlotte Motor Speedway, Harold Hinson)

SEPTEMBER 18

1899 — A tennis tournament known as “The Cincinnati Open” begins. Today, it is the oldest tennis tournament in the United States still played in its original city and is now known as the Cincinnati Masters & Women’s Open.

1908 — Bob Rhoads of the Indians pitched a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox for a 2-1 victory in Cleveland.

1930 — New York pitcher Red Ruffing hit two home runs as the Yankees edged the St. Louis Browns 7-6 in 10 innings.

1946 — Joe Louis knocks out Tami Mauriello in the first round at Yankee Stadium in New York to retain the world heavyweight title.

1960 — Goose Gonsoulin intercepts four passes to lead the Denver Broncos to a 27-21 win over the Buffalo Bills.

1963 — The New York Mets lost their last game at the Polo Grounds to the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-1, in front of a crowd of only 1,752.

1965 — In his first collegiate game, quarterback Billy Stevens of Texas-El Paso gains 483 total yards against North Texas State. Receiver Chuck Hughes has 349 of those yards.

1967 — U.S. yacht Intrepid beats the Australian yacht Dame Pattie in four straight races to defend the America’s Cup.

1977 — U.S. yacht Courageous beats the challenger Australia in four straight races to defend the America’s Cup.

1996 — Roger Clemens equals his own major league record, fanning 20 batters and pitching a four-hitter to lead Boston over the Detroit Tigers 4-0.

2003 — Atlanta clinches its 12th straight division title when second-place Florida is mathematically eliminated from the NL East race. The record title streak started in 1991, when the Braves won the NL West. They moved to the East Division in 1994 and trailed Montreal by six games when the strike stopped the season in August.

2004 — Maurice Drew of UCLA rushes for a school-record 322 yards and five touchdowns in the Bruins’ 37-31 victory over Washington. By halftime, he had 235 yards on 13 carries.

2005 — Green Bay’s Brett Favre joins Dan Marino and John Elway with 50,000 yards passing and also breaks Elway’s single-stadium NFL touchdown record of 180 with a 4-yard toss to Tony Fisher with 4 seconds left of a 26-24 loss to Cleveland at Lambeau Field.

2005 — The Texas Rangers set a major league record for home runs at home when David Dellucci, Alfonso Soriano and Rod Barajas connected against Seattle in an 8-6 victory. Barajas’ homer in the fourth gave Texas 150 homers at Ameriquest Field, one more than Colorado hit at Coors Field in 1996.

2005 — San Diego’s LaDainian Tomlinson scores a 16-yard touchdown against Denver to set an NFL record with TDs rushing in 14 straight games.

2006 — The Los Angeles Dodgers hit four consecutive homers in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game and Nomar Garciaparra’s two-run homer in the 10th lifts Los Angeles to an 11-10 victory over the San Diego Padres.

2010 — Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki hits two more home runs, tying a modern major league record with 14 shots in a 15-game stretch, in a 12-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers 12-2. Tulowitzki joins Albert Belle (1995) and Barry Bonds (2001) as the only players since 1900 to homer 14 times in a span of 15 games.

2011 — The Atlantic Coast Conference announces that its council of presidents unanimously votes to accept Big East schools Pittsburgh and Syracuse, increasing its membership to 14.

2011 — At 16, Lexi Thompson becomes the youngest player to win an LPGA Tour event. The 16-year-old Floridian closes with a 2-under 70 to win by five strokes over Tiffany Joh at the Navistar LPGA Classic in Prattville, Ala. Thompson shatters the age record for winning a multiple-round tournament held by Paula Creamer, who won in 2005 at 18.

2011 — Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton sets an NFL rookie record by throwing for 432 yards against the Green Bay Packers. Newton, who tied the record by throwing for 422 yards in last week’s loss at Arizona, completes 28 of 46 passes with one touchdown in the 30-23 loss to the Packers. Newton’s 854 yards passing is also the most yards for a player in his first two games.

2011 — Tom Brady is 31 for 40 for 423 yards and three TDs in New England’s 35-21 win over San Diego. Brady sets an NFL record with 940 yards passing in the first two weeks of the season. Brady, who passed for 517 yards last week, is the only player in NFL history to follow a 500-yard passing performance with a 400-yard game.

2012 — Dusty Baker reached another milestone in his long major league career when he managed his 3,000th game, guiding the Cincinnati Reds against one of his former teams, the Chicago Cubs. Baker had a 1,572-1,426 record before the game and also managed one tie in 2002.

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