Sep 5th 1960
Cassius Clay wins a unanimous decision over Zbigniew Pietrzykowski of Poland to win gold in the light heavyweight division at the Rome Olympics. Clay was abnormally quiet before the fight, as he was unable to think of a boastful poem that rhymed with "Pietrzykowski."
Sep 4th 1993
Yankees pitcher Jim Abbott no-hits the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium. Abbott baffled the Cleveland lineup with a four-seam fastball, a change-up, a curveball, a knuckleball and a stumpball.
Sep 3rd 1985
Angels outfielder Reggie Jackson hits his 100th home run in an Angels uniform, becoming the first major leaguer in history to hit 100 home runs for three different teams. Despite his success at the plate, Jackson's Angels career is remembered more for when he tried to assassinate the the Queen of England.
Dec 31st 1969
Teddy Roosevelt utters the famous line "Speak softly and carry a big stick." Roosevelt then took the field and hit two home runs, leading the Executive Branch slow-pitch softball team to a 10-2 victory over the Legislative Branch.
Sep 1st 1998
The Houston Comets beat the Phoenix Mercury in the decisive Game 3 of the first-ever WNBA Finals series. Following a single-game championship in the league's inaugural season in 1997, the '98 Finals switched to a least-awful-of-3 series.
Aug 31st 1995
Judge Lance Ito rules that only two tapes of racist comments by LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman can be played in the O.J. Simpson trial. Ito said that Fuhrman's tapes of racist comments about black people could be played, but not his tapes of racist comments about Asians.
Aug 30th 1998
Toms River, N.J. becomes the first American team to win the Little League World Series since 1993. Deformed and freakishly huge thanks to growing up amongst radioactive nuclear waste, the New Jersey children were America's only hope of beating the teams full of 20 and 30-somethings from overseas.
Aug 29th 1946
Long-jumper Bob Beamon, who jumped a world record 29-feet, 2.5-inches at the 1968 Olympics, is born in Jamaica, New York. Beamon shot out of his mother's birth canal and landed an impressive 18-feet, 11-inches away.
Dec 31st 1969
Star Pointer becomes the first horse to break the two-minute-mile barrier when he is timed at 1:59.50 at a track in Readville, Mass. Star Pointer crushed runner-up Roger Bannister by more than two minutes.
Aug 27th 1977
Bump Wills and Toby Harrah of the Texas Rangers hit back-to-back inside-the-park home runs on consecutive pitches against the Yankees. Thus ended Yankees manager Billy Martin's brief experimentation with an eight infielder, one outfielder defense.