Today is Friday, July 29, 2016

Today in
Sports History

1754 - The first international boxing match was held. The 25-minute match was won when Jack Slack of Britain knocked out Jean Petit from France.

1874 - Major Walter Copton Winfield of England received a U.S. patent for the lawn-tennis court.

1940 - John Sigmund of St. Louis, MO completed a 292-mile swim down the Mississippi River. The swim from St. Louis to Caruthersville, MO took him 89 hours and 48 minutes.

1983 - Steve Garvey (Los Angeles Dodgers) set the National League consecutive game record at 1,207.

2003 - Bill Mueller (Boston Red Sox) became the first player in major league baseball history to hit grand slams from both sides of the plate in a game. He had a total of three home runs in the game and collected 9 RBIs. It was only the 12th time that a player hit two grand slams in a single game.

2003 - Marcus Giles (Atlanta Braves) tied a major league record when he went 5-5 to give him hits in nine straight at-bats. The record was shared by 10 players at the time.

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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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