1922- St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Rogers Hornsby goes 3 for 5 during the Cards’ season-finale win against the Chicago Cubs. The three hits improve his average to .401 and he becomes the only player in MLB history to average .400 and hit 40 HR’s in the same season.
1932- New York Yankees legend Babe Ruth makes his call; after being heckled by the Cubs dugout, Ruth points to the center-field stands before homering into the Wrigley Field bleachers during the 5th inning, as the Yankees won Game 3 of the World Series 7-5.
1945- World Heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis is discharged from the United States Army after being awarded the Legion of Merit.
1961- New York Yankees right-fielder Roger Maris becomes MLB’s single-season home run leader and passes Babe Ruth’s mark, when hitting his 61st HR off Boston pitcher Tracy Stallard during a 1-0 victory at Yankee Stadium.
1975- “The Thrilla in Manila”: Muhammad Ali stops Joe Frazier in 14 rounds in Quezon City, the Phillipines to retain his WBC and WBA Heavyweight titles.
1997- Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett signs an NBA record, 6 year/$123 Million contract just two years after being drafted from high school.
1999- The Edmonton Oilers retire Wayne “The Great One” Gretzky’s #99 jersey in a pre-game ceremony before a 1-1 tie against the New York Rangers.
2004- Japanese born Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki gets his 258th hit of the season, breaking George Sisler’s 84-year-old MLB single-season record; Ichiro finished the season with 262 total.
2017- Former NFL star, and Heisman Trophy winner O.J. Simpson is released from Nevada’s Lovelock Prison after serving 10 years for armed robbery and kidnapping.
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