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1878 - The first American bicycle race was held in Boston.

1902 - Bill Bradley (Cleveland) became the first American League player to hit home runs in four consecutive games.

1918 - Cleveland defeated the New York Yankees 3-2 in the 19th inning.

1929 - The Detroit Tigers defeated the Chicago White Sox 6-4 in 21 innings.

1930 - Babe Ruth hit home runs in both games of a double header.

1935 - The Cincinnati Reds played the Philadelphia Phillies in the first major league baseball game at night. The switch for the floodlights was turned on by President F.D. Roosevelt.

1940 - The first night game at St. Louis's Sportsman Park was played.

1950 - "Sweetwater" (Nat) Clifton's contract was purchased by the New York Knicks. Sweetwater played for the Harlem Globetrotters.

1951 - Willie Mays began playing for the New York Giants.

1962 - The officials of the National Football League ruled that halftime of regular season games would be cut to 15 minutes.

1964 - In Lima, Peru, a riot and panic followed an unpopular ruling by a referee in a soccer game between Peru and Argentina. More than 300 people were killed and over 500 were injured.

1967 - The AFL granted a franchise to the Cincinnati Bengals.

1984 - The Detroit Tigers won their 17th straight road game.

1986 - Montreal won its 23rd National Hockey League (NHL) Stanley Cup championship.

1987 - Al Unser Sr. won his fourth Indianapolis 500.

1989 - Lee Gutterman (New York Yankees) set a record for pitching 30 and 2/3 innings before giving up his first run of the season.

1989 - The New York Rangers fired their general manager and coach Phil Esposito.

1990 - The Edmonton Oilers won their fifth National Hockey League (NHL) Stanley Cup.

1990 - Andre Dawson was intentionally walked five times during a game.

2003 - At the Colonial in Fort Worth, TX, Annika Sorentam missed the cut by four shots. Two days early she had become the first woman in 58 years to play in the PGA.

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Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth
- Lou Gehrig
July 4, 1939

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