Thursday, August 18, 2011

On this Day.....August 18th

Today is Thursday, August 18, 2011

Today in
Sports History

1915 - Braves Field was inaugurated with Boston defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1.

1956 - The Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Braves combined for a National League record of 10 home runs. The Reds won 13-4. Bob Thurman (Cincinnati Reds) hit three of the home runs.

1960 - Lew Burdette threw a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies. The final score was 1-0.

1973 - Hank Aaron set a major league record with his 1,378th extra base.

1980 - George Brett of the Kansas City Royals had his batting average reach the .400 mark.

1981 - Herschel Walker of the University of Georgia took out an insurance policy with Lloyd’s of London. The all-American was insured for one million dollars.

1982 - The longest baseball game played at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL, went 21 innings before the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Cubs 2-1.

1987 - Earl Campbell announced his retirement from the National Football League (NFL).

1992 - Larry Bird, after 13 years with the Boston Celtics, announced his retirement.

1995 - Tom Henke (St. Louis) became only the seventh major league player to record 300 saves.

1996 - Frank Thomas (Chicago White Sox) became the fourth player to reach 100 RBIs in each of his first six seasons.

1996 - Wade Boggs became the 41st major league player to get 2,000 career singles.

1968 - At the Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mike Powell set a record when he jumped 29'4½" in the long jump.

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