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------- 1901 - Boston's Cy Young defeated the Philadelphia Athletics, 5-3, to notch his 300th career win. 1945 - Boston Braves' Tommy Holmes had his NL record 37-game hitting streak halted. 1949 - Marked the first appearance of blacks in an All Star Game, as Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Don Newcombe and Larry Doby all represented their respective clubs. Stan Musial belted his second All Star Game home run in as many years, but it wasn't enough as the American League All Stars downed the NL, 11-7. - Major League owners, in an attempt to cut down outfield injuries, agreed to implement paths made of cinder in front of all outfield walls for the upcoming 1950 season. 1951 - New York Yankees hurler Allie Reynolds out dueled Cleveland's Bob Feller, 1-0 with a no-hitter. 1955 - Stan Musial homered to lift the NL All Stars over the AL, 6-5 in 12 innings. 1966 - Hometown hero Tim McCarver scored the winning run on a single by Maury Wills as the NL All Stars defeated the AL 2-1 in 10 innings at St. Louis. 1971 - Bold Ruler, sire of 82 stakes winners, including Secretariat, died at Claiborne Farm. 1977 - Escort, driven by Carl LeCause, won the inaugural Meadowlands Pace in 1:54.4 at The Meadowlands. 1979 - The Chicago White Sox were forced to forfeit the second game of their doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers because of an ill-conceived promotion "Disco Demolition" in which thousands of fans overran the field at Comiskey Park. 1996 - Kirby Puckett announced his retirement from baseball after 12 seasons following an operation which revealed an irreversible damage to his right eye. Puckett appeared in 10 All Star games and led the Twins to two World Championships. - Andre Dawson announced he will retire at the conclusion of the season, ending a brilliant 18-year career. Dawson is one of only four major league players to achieve 300 career homers and stolen bases. - Andres Galarraga tied a major-league record when he was hit by a pitch twice in the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres. Bryce Florie and Willie Blair plunked Galarraga, who tied the mark of Willard Schmidt of Cincinnati on April 26, 1959 and Frank Thomas of the New York Mets on April 29, 1962. - Boxing received another ugly scar when a riot broke out following the Riddick Bowe and Andrew Golota heavyweight bout at Madison Square Garden. Golota, who was leading throughout much of the match, was suddenly disqualified in the seventh round of a 10-round bout for numerous low blows against Bowe. 1997 - Pittsburgh's Francisco Cordova and Ricardo Rincon combined on a 10- inning no-hitter before pinch-hitter Mark Smith won the game for the Pirates with a dramatic three-run homer for a 3-0 victory over the Houston Astros. - Toronto ace righthander Roger Clemens made his long awaited return to Fenway Park since signing on as a free agent with the Blue Jays in the off season and dominated his former team, 3-1. Clemens set a Blue Jay record with 16 strikeouts. - Boxing received another black eye just three days after the Nevada Commission fined and suspended Mike Tyson for his bite of Evander Holyfield, when Henry Akinwande was disqualified in the fifth round of his bout with Lennox Lewis for excessive holding. 1998 - France became just the seventh nation in history to win the World Cup in the 68 years of the competition and the first in the history of France as they blanked heavily favored Brazil, 3-0 in the championship match. - St. Louis first baseman Mark McGwire bashed his 39th and 40th home runs to lift the Cardinals past the Houston Astros, 6-4. McGwire broke his own record for reaching the plateau in terms of at bats, getting there in 281. 2001 - The NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee adopted new bracketing procedures designed to enable more teams to stay closer to their home regions in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament. - The San Antonio Spurs resigned free-agent center David Robinson to a two-year deal worth $25 million.

Birthdays: Paul Silas (1943) - basketball coach; Kristi Yamaguchi (1971) - ice skater.

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