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Sports History

1895 - The first professional football game was played in Latrobe, PA. The Latrobe YMCA defeated the Jeannette Athletic Club 12-0.

1947 - The New York Yankees got 18 hits in an 11-2 win over Boston. All 18 hits were singles.

1957 - Warren Spahn (Milwaukee Braves) recorded his 41st career shutout.

1966 - Bobby Orr (Boston Bruins) signed his first NHL contract. The two-year deal paid $70,000 plus a signing bonus, gave Orr the top salary in hockey.

1970 - Vince Lombardi died of cancer at the age of 57.

1970 - Billy Williams (Chicago Cubs) ended his National League record of 1,117 consecutive games played.

1981 - The Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners played the longest game in Fenway Park history. The game was ended in a 7-7 tie after 19 innings the previous day. The Mariners won the game 8-7.

1984 - Bruce Sutter of the St. Louis Cardinals set a National League record by earning his 38th save of the season.

1986 - The Houston Astros beat the Chicago Cubs 8-7 in the 18th inning. The game ended after 14 innings were played. The two teams had used a record 53 players the day before.

1990 - Bobby Thigpen set a major league record when he got his 47th save.

1999 - Mario Lemieux's ownership group officially took over the National Hockey League's Pittsburgh Penguins. Lemieux became the first player in the modern era of sports to buy the team he had once played for.

2000 - Kenny Lofton tied a major league record when he scored in his 18th straight game.

2001 - Bud Smith became the 16th major league rookie to throw a no-hitter. It was his 11th career start.

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I didn't like the '50s, you know. I appreciate Elvis, but I'm not a big fan. I'm not a rockabilly fan. And the '60s and early '70s were, to me, the greatest times to live.
- Brett Hull

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