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--------- 1900 - The United States defeated Britain, 3-0, in the first Davis Cup tournament. 1901 - Chicago White Sox Frank Isbell set an American League record when he left 11 of his teammates on base. 1944 - Boston Braves hurler Charles Barrett was the picture of efficiency when he beat the Cincinnati Reds 2-0. Barrett wasted little time or effort by needing just 58 pitches to complete the job, a nine-inning victory. 1949 - Ezzard Charles, making his first world heavyweight title defense, KO'd Gus Lesnovich in the eighth round at Yankee Stadium. 1957 - Mickey Mantle, known for his titantic home runs, blasted a 460-foot home run which cleared the center-field fence but struck the base of the scoreboard at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. The Yanks held on for a 6-3 win over the Orioles. 1963 - Dick Tiger defeated Gene Fullmer to retain his middleweight title belt, the first championship fight ever held in Nigeria. 1969 - Minnesota's Cesar Tovar broke up the second no-hit bid of the year by a Baltimore Oriole lefthander. Mike Cuellar took his no-hitter into the ninth inning, but Tovar led off the inning a single to spoil Cuellar's bid. Earlier in the year, Tovar victimized Dave McNally, with a one-out single in the ninth inning of his no-hit bid. 1971 - Baltimore Orioles lefthander Mike Cuellar was the victim of Harmon Killebrew's 500th and 501st home runs, but it wasn't enough to help the Minnesota Twins, as they lost 4-3. Killebrew became only the 10th player in major league history to reach 500 home runs. 1975 - Jack Nicklaus captured his fourth PGA championship, edging out Bruce Crampton and Tom Weiskopf by two strokes. 1980 - Jack Nicklaus captured his fifth PGA championship with a record score of 274, seven strokes better than Andy Bean. 1981 - Baseball officially returned after a two-month hiatus due to the players' strike. Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium was the center of attention as Pete Rose was on the verge of breaking Stan Musial's NL hit record. Rose did not disappoint the 60,000 plus fans in attendance as he singled for his 3,631st hit in the eighth inning off of St. Louis Cardinals' reliever Mark Littell. - Cal Ripken Jr. made his major league debut as a pinch-runner in Baltimore's first game after the player's strike. 1982 - Mary Russ became the first female rider to surpass the $1 million mark in earnings when she finished third aboard Bammer in the fourth race at Saratoga. 1996 - Cigar's winning streak was halted at 16 in a row, losing to Dare and Go in the $1 million Pacific Classic. Cigar's two-year old winning streak was the longest in 51 years set originally by Citation. 1997 - The Atlanta Braves signed four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux to a reported five-year, $57 million dollar contract, the largest of in baseball history. With the signing, the Braves have their starting staff of Denny Neagle, John Smoltz and Tom Glavine under wraps until at least the year 2000. - Top ranked Pete Sampras won his fifth title of the year, defeating Thomas Muster, 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the ATP Championship in Cincinnati. It is his 49th career title, tying him with Boris Becker for most titles of any active player.

Birthdays: Red Holtzman (1920) - former NBA head coach. Marcus Fizer (1978) - basketball player.

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