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Today In Sports History

Posted: October 9, 2013 - 12:09am
Babe Ruth, the most popular athlete of his era, poses with a group of children in 1924.
Babe Ruth, the most popular athlete of his era, poses with a group of children in 1924.

OCTOBER 9

1910 — Nap Lajoie, in a batting race with Ty Cobb, collected eight hits for Cleveland in a season-ending doubleheader with the Browns. The hits were somewhat tainted, however, as St. Louis third baseman Red Corriden played back as Lajoie bunted safely six times. Regardless, Cobb was awarded the batting title by a fraction of a point.

1916 — Babe Ruth outpitched Sherry Smith of the Brooklyn Dodgers as the Boston Red Sox won the longest World Series game, 2-1 in 14 innings.

1928 — Babe Ruth hit three home runs in a World Series game for the second time in his career as the Yankees beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-3.

1934 — Dizzy Dean of St. Louis blanked the Detroit Tigers 11-0 in the seventh game of the World Series.

1943 — Bob Hoernschemeyer throws six touchdown passes, an NCAA record for a freshman, as Indiana beats Nebraska 54-13.

1958 — Bob Turley of the Yankees pitched 6 2-3 scoreless innings in relief to beat the Milwaukee Braves 6-2 for the World Series title. New York became the first team since 1925 to win the World Series after being down 1-3.

1982 — Al Del Greco kicks six field goals for all of Auburn’s points in an 18-3 triumph over Kentucky.

1983 — Buffalo’s Joe Ferguson passes for 419 yards and five touchdowns in an 38-35 overtime win against Miami. Uwe Von Schamann of the Dolphins misses two field goals in overtime and Joe Danelo ends the game with a 36-yard field goal.

1991 — The San Jose Sharks chalk up their first NHL victory as they beat the Calgary Flames 4-3.

1993 — An NHL record crowd of 27,227 watch Florida goalie John Vanbiesbrouck stop 36 Tampa Bay shots in a 2-0 Panthers win, spoiling the Lightning’s home opener at the ThunderDome.

1993 — Minnesota’s Scott Eckers passes for 402 yards and a school-record six touchdowns in his first collegiate start as the Gophers beat Purdue 59-56.

1993 — Carey Bender rushes 33 times for 417 yards, setting an NCAA all-division single-game rushing record, in Coe’s 69-7 Division III victory over Grinnell.

1997 — Dean Smith retires as North Carolina’s basketball coach after 36 years, national championships in 1982 and 1993, and more victories than anyone else. Smith, 879-254, took the Tar Heels to his 11th Final Four last season and his 13th ACC tournament title.

1998 — Lindsay Davenport claims the No. 1 ranking, ending Martina Hingis’ 80-week reign at the top of women’s tennis after Hingis lost in the quarterfinals of the Porsche GP to Belgium’s Dominique Van Roost.

2004 — Texas Tech beats Nebraska 70-10, the worst loss in the Cornhuskers’ storied 114-year history.

2004 — Notre Dame becomes the second Division I-A team to win 800 games with a 23-15 win over Stanford.

2004 — Texas loses to Oklahoma 12-0, getting shut out for the first time in 282 games and ending the longest streak in the country.

2005 — Lindsay Davenport earns her 50th career title with a 6-2, 6-4 victory against Amelie Mauresmo at the Porsche Grand Prix. The American is the 10th player to reach that milestone.

2005 — Chris Burke hits a home run in the bottom of the 18th inning and Roger Clemens pitches three scoreless innings of relief in Houston’s 7-6, series-ending victory over Atlanta in the NLDS. The longest postseason game in history takes 5 hours, 50 minutes to complete.

2009 — Golf and rugby are added to the 2016 and 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

2010 — Mike Brinkley passes for six touchdowns and Armond Smith runs for five scores to lead Union (Ky.) in a high-scoring 84-55 victory over Bethel (Tenn.) in an NAIA football game. The 139 points scored by both teams are two points shy of tying an NAIA record for most combined points in a game.

2010 — Derek Stepan becomes the fourth player to score three times in his NHL debut to lead the New York Rangers to a season-opening 6-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

2011 — Sebastian Janikowski kicks four field goals, including three from at least 50 yards (54, 55, 50), in Oakland’s 25-20 win over Houston. Houston’s Matt Schaub throws for 416 yards and two touchdowns.

2011 — The NHL returns to Winnipeg, but Carey Price stops 30 shots and the Montreal Canadiens put a damper on a massive civic celebration with a 5-1 victory over the Jets.

2012 — Jerry Sandusky is sentenced to at least 30 years in prison in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to coach Joe Paterno’s downfall.

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