Today is Saturday, June 24, 2017

Today in
Sports History

1911 - John J. McDermott became the first American-born winner of the U.S. Open.

1922 - The American Professional Football Association took the name of The National Football League (NFL).

1952 - Eddie Arcaro became the first U.S.-born jockey to win 3,000 races.

1962 - The New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers, 9-7, after 22 innings.

1968 - Jim Northrup (Detroit Tigers) tied a major league baseball record when he hit two grand slams in one game.

1971 - The National Basketball Association modified its four-year eligibility rule to allow for collegiate hardship cases.

1979 - Bob Watson (Houston Astros) hit for the cycle against San Francisco. On September 15, 1979, he became the first player to hit for the cycle in both leagues when he did it with the Boston Red Sox.

1980 - The Atlanta Flames franchise moved to Calgary, Alberta.

2003 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) became the first player to reach 500 home runs and 500 stolen bases.

2010 - The NHL Board of Governors approved a penalty for a lateral, blindside hit to the head. The penalty an "illegal check ot the head" was set at a five-minute major penalty, an automatic game misconduct and possible supplemental discipline from the League.

2010 - John Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut after 11 hours and 183 games. The sets were 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-3) and 70-68.

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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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