With professional football kicking in to high gear and the Major League Baseball playoffs right around the corner, there were a lot of big time moments in sports history to happen on September 18th.
Here are a few of our favorites:
1901 – The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues was formed in Chicago, IL establishing the first organized baseball league.
1906 – The first forward pass in football history was thrown by Brandbury Robinson of St. Louis University.
1914 – Babe Ruth hit his first home run as a professional player in the International League.
1955 – Don Newcombe (Brooklyn Dodgers) hit his seventh home run of the season. The feat set a National League record for home runs by a pitcher.
1960 – Cassius Clay (later known as Muhammad Ali) won the gold medal in light heavyweight boxing at the Olympic Games in Rome, Italy.
1971 – J.R. Richard, of the Houston Astros, struck out 15 batters in his major league baseball debut, tying Karl Spooner’s record.
1983 – “Sports Illustrated” became the first national weekly magazine to use four-color process illustrations on every page.
1989 – After a 19 year career Chris Evert retired from professional tennis.
1998 – Tying Babe Ruth’s record, Mark McGwire (St. Louis) hit his 60th home run of the season. Sammy Sosa (Chicago Cubs) hit his 58th home run of the season in what was one of the more memorable home run battles in baseball history.
1999 – Hitting 14 homeruns over 2 games, the Cincinnati Reds set a major league team record for home runs in two consecutive games.
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