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By: Team Red Zone 1 month ago

Today in Sports History: August 14th

  • 1867 – In New York, horse Dexter runs the mile in harness in 2:17.75, a record.
  • 1874 – Horse Gloster trots the mile in harness in 2:17 minutes, a record.
  • 1919 – New York Yankees’ Muddy Ruel hits into a triple-play.
  • 1932 – Games of the X Olympiad at Los Angeles closes.
  • 1936 – First Olympic basketball game (Berlin).

  • 1937 – Detroit Tigers score 36 runs in double header versus Saint Louis Browns.
  • 1939 – First night games at Comiskey Park (Chicago White Sox 5, Saint Louis Browns 2).
  • 1947 – Mildred Babe Didrikson Zaharias gives up amateur status for $300,000.
  • 1948 – Games of the XIV Olympiad in London closes.
  • 1958 – Canadian Football League plays first game (Winnipeg Blue Bombers 29, Edmonton Eskimos 21).
  • 1958 – Cleveland Indians’ Vic Power steals home twice in one game.
  • 1959 – American Football League (AFL) is organized with New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Denver, and Houston.
  • 1965 – Continental Football League plays first games.

  • 1969 – New York Mets fall 9.5 games back (later to win the pennant).
  • 1971 – Saint Louis Cardinals’ Bob Gibson no-hits Pittsburgh Pirates, 11-0.
  • 1973 – Johnny Unitas files US$725,000 suit against Baltimore Colts.
  • 1977 – 77,691 see New York Cosmos beat Fort Lauderdale Strikers 8-3 at Giant Stadium.
  • 1981 – George Foster hits his 8th home run into the red seats at Riverfront.
  • 1982 – With his 12,365th career at-bat, Philadelphia Phillies’ Pete Rose passes Hank Aaron to become the all-time leader of plate appearances.
  • 1986 – Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates play a six-game series in four days.
  • 1990 – California Angels’ Louis Palonia is 74th to hit an inside the park grandslam.
  • 1990 – Denver votes for a 1 percent sales tax to pay for a baseball franchise.
  • 1992 – Nigel Mansell wins the 1992 Formula One World Drivers Championship.

Born on August 14th

  • 1930 – Birth of Earl Weaver in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA; manager (Baltimore Orioles 1968-82, 1985-86).
  • 1952 – Birth of Debbie Meyer; American 200m/400m/800m freestyle swimmer (Olympics-gold-1968).
  • 1959 – Birth of Earvin (Magic) Johnson; NBA star (Los Angeles Lakers).

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