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PHOTO OF THE DAY:
THIS DAY IN SPORTS-JUNE 22, 1938
NEW YORK TIMES
(Joe Louis sizing up Max Schmeling after the first of three opening-round knockdowns. Schmeling’s trainer literally threw in the towel after the third knockdown.)
NEW YORK-The exploding fists of Joe Louis crushed Max Schmeling tonight in the ring at Yankee Stadium and kept sacred that time-worn legend of boxing that no former heavyweight champion has ever regained the title. The Brown Bomber from Detroit, with the most furious early assault he has ever exhibited here, knocked out Schmeling in the first round of what was to have been a fifteen-round battle to retain the title he won last year from James. J. Braddock. He has now defended it successfully four times.
In exactly 2 minutes and 4 seconds of fighting Louis polished off the Black Uhlan from the Rhine, but, though the battle was short, it was furious and savage while it lasted, packed with thrills that held three knockdowns of the ambitious ex-champion, every moment tense for a crowd of about 80,000. This gathering, truly representative and comparing favorably with the largest crowds in boxing’s history, paid receipts estimated at between $900,000 and $1,000,000 to see whether Schmeling could repeat the knockout he administered to Louis just two years ago here and be the first ex‚heavyweight champion to come back into the title, or whether the Bomber could avenge this defeat as he promised.
As far as the length of the battle was concerned, the investment in seats, which ran to $30 each, was a poor one. But for drama, those who came from near and far felt themselves well repaid because they saw a fight that, though it was one of the shortest heavyweight championships on record, was surpassed by few for thrills. With the right hand that Schmeling held in contempt Louis knocked out his foe. Three times under its impact the German fighter hit the ring floor. The first time Schmeling regained his feet laboriously at the count of three. From the second knockdown Schmeling, dazed but game, bounced up instinctively before the count had gone beyond one.
On the third knockdown Schmeling’s trainer and closest friend, Max Machon, hurled a towel into the ring, European fashion, admitting defeat for his man. The towel sailed through the air when the count on the prostrate Max had reached three. The signal is ignored in American boxing, has been for years, and Referee Arthur Donovan, before he had a chance to pick up the count in unison with knockdown timekeeper Eddie Josephs, who was outside the ring, gathered the emblem in a ball and hurled it through the ropes.
Returning to Schmeling’s crumpled figure, Donovan took one look and signaled an end of the battle. The count at that time was five on the third knockdown. Further counting was useless. Donovan could have counted off a century and Max could not have regained his feet. The German was thoroughly “out.” It was as if he had been poleaxed. His brain was awhirl. His body, his head, his jaws ached and pained, his senses were numbed from that furious, paralyzing punching he had taken even in the short space of time the battle consumed.
Following the bout, Schmeling said he was fouled. He said that he was hit a kidney punch, a devastating right, which so shocked his nervous system that he was dazed and his vision was blurred. To observers at the ringside, however, with all due respect to Schmeling’s thoughts on the subject, the punches which dazed him were thundering blows to the head, jaw and body in bewildering succession, blows of the old Alabama Assassin incarnate tonight for a special occasion. Louis wanted to erase the memory of that 1936 knockout he suffered in twelve rounds. It was the one blot on his brilliant record. He aimed to square the account and he did.
“Now I feel like a champion,” Louis said on his arrival in his dressing room. “I’ve been waiting a long time for this night and I sure do feel pretty glad about everything. I was a little bit sore at some of the things Max said. Maybe he didn’t say them, maybe they put those words in his mouth, but he didn’t deny them, and that’s what made me mad.” What Louis referred to probably was the statement attributed to Schmeling a month ago, to the effect that the Negro would always be afraid of him. Something must have rankled Joe, for the savagery with which he battered down the German was never displayed in his other bouts here.
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1925 Max Carey gets two hits in both the first and eighth innings when the Pirates beat the Cardinals at Sportsman’s Park, 24-6. The feat will not be accomplished again until Rennie Stennett, also with Pittsburgh, collects two hits in one inning twice, the first and the fifth frames, in 1975.
1926 The Cardinals pick up future Hall of Famer Grover Cleveland Alexander, who was placed on waivers by the Cubs. The acquisition of ‘Old Pete’ will prove to be pivotal to the Redbirds’ World Series triumph over the Yankees when the 39 year-old right-hander wins Games 2 and 6 and saves Game 7 of the Fall Classic.
1932 The National League finally approves the use of uniform numbers to identify players. Although some teams in the AL implemented digits on their jerseys on a regular basis a few seasons ago, the Senior Circuit had refused to follow suit, probably as the result of the Cardinals being harassed by opposing players and fans when they wore numerals on their sleeves in 1923.
1936 At Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, Ival Goodman hits an unusual home run when his fifth-inning fly ball lands and stays on top of the scoreboard in right field. With the perched ball considered in play, the three Dodger outfielders watch the Reds’ right fielder round the bases for an easy inside-the park round-tripper in their 7-2 loss to Cincinnati.
1941 In their 5-4 victory over Detroit, the Yankees establish a new record by hitting at least one home run in 18 straight contests. Joe DiMaggio’s sixth inning blast not only breaks the major league mark, previously held by the Tigers, but also continues his own consecutive game hitting streak to 35 games.
1944 Boston right-hander Jim Tobin holds the Phillies hitless in the shortened five-inning nightcap, blanking Philadelphia at Braves Field, 7-0. In April, ‘Abba Dabba’ threw a full-game no-hitter against Brooklyn.
1944 In the first game of a twin bill, Charley Schantz gets the win when the Phillies blank Boston for 15 innings, matching the longest shutout in franchise history. Philadelphia right-fielder Ron Northey’s homer in the top of the frame scores the game’s only run in the 1-0 victory at Braves Field.
1947 After pitching a no-hitter four days ago against the Braves, Reds hurler Ewell Blackwell loses his chance for a second consecutive no-hitter when Dodger second baseman Eddie Stanky singles with one out the ninth inning at Crosley Field.
1959 Sandy Koufax goes the distance, beating Philadelphia at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, 6-2. The Dodger southpaw fans 16 Phillies to set a new record for strikeouts in a night game.
1962 Al Jackson throws the first one-hitter in franchise history when the Mets beat the Colt .45’s, the National League’s other expansion team, at the Polo Grounds, 2-0. The lone hit given up by the southpaw is Joey Amalfitano’s line drive single to left field in the first inning.
1962 Boog Powell becomes the first Oriole player to homer over the center field hedge in Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium with a 469-foot blast off Don Schwall in the Birds’ 4-3 victory over Boston. In 1957, Yankee superstar Mickey Mantle became the first major leaguer to accomplish the feat.
1966 At the Astrodome, Houston sets a home attendance mark which will last for 22 years. Dodger southpaw Sandy Koufax, who tosses a complete game to improve his record to 13-2, beats the hometown team, 5-2, in front of the 50,908 fans attending the Wednesday contest.
1976 In the seventh inning of a 4-2 Padres win over home town San Francisco, Randy Jones ties Christy Mathewson’s NL mark by going 68 innings without issuing a base on balls. The southpaw’s streak will end when he walks Marc Hill leading off the next frame, keeping the 63 year-old record intact.
1977 In a 7-4 victory over the Orioles at Memorial Stadium, the Red Sox collect their 100th round-tripper of the season, the earliest the club has ever reached the milestone. Today’s homers, hit by George Scott, Jim Rice, Carlton Fisk (2), and Butch Hobson, all off Jim Palmer, contribute to a major league record of 29 home runs launched by one club in a span of eight consecutive games.
1979 With the Orioles trailing 5-3, going into the bottom of the ninth inning, Doug DeCinces hits a two-out walk-off home run off reliever Dave Tobik to give the team a 6-5 victory over the Tigers at Memorial Stadium. The win is credited for triggering the start of “Oriole Magic”, igniting an atmosphere of unbridled enthusiasm in the Charm City for the franchise.
1982 The Phillies’ Pete Rose moves past Hank Aaron into second place for career hits when he doubles off of Redbird right-hander John Stuper for his 3,772nd hit. ‘Charlie Hustle’, 419 hits shy of Ty Cobb’s record, will surpass the Georgia Peach’s total in 1985 with his 4,192nd hit, a single to left-center field at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium off San Diego’s Eric Show.
1984 In an emotional home plate ceremony prior to the Twins contest at the Metrodome, a letter of intent is signed by Calvin Griffith and his sister Thelma Hayes, ending the longest family ownership of a team in baseball history. The franchise, originally based in Washington, D.C. and owned by the Griffiths since 1920, is sold to Carl Pohlad, a Minnesota banker.
1987 After spending over two weeks training to make a comeback with the Mets, Tom Seaver announces his retirement. The future Hall of Famer ends his career with 311 victories, of which 198 came wearing a Met uniform.
1993 On his final day as a professional baseball player, 45 year-old White Sox backstop Carlton Fisk catches his 2,226th game to surpass Bob Boone as the all-time leader. ‘Pudge’ played the first 11 seasons in his 24-year major league career with the Red Sox.
1994 In the Mets’ 5-2 victory at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, southpaw closer John Franco picks up his 253rd save, the most by a left hander. The first two Braves’ batters in the lineup, Roberto Kelly and Jeff Blauser, both hit home runs off New York starter Pete Smith, but the back-to-back first inning round-trippers will prove to be the only scoring done by the team for the rest of the game.
1994 Hitting his 31st home run of the season, Ken Griffey Jr. breaks Babe Ruth’s record for most homers before July 1. Although the Yankee slugger needed only 63 games to reach 30 homers in 1928 and 68 games in 1930, Junior accomplishes the feat in the Mariners’ 70th game of the season.
1997 Four Braves players homer in the third inning of the team’s 12-5 rout of Philadelphia at Veterans Stadium. The round-trippers by Chipper Jones, Fred McGriff, Michael Tucker, and Jeff Blauser account for six of the nine runs scored in the frame.
1998 At Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, the Marlins defeat the Devil Rays in an interleague contest, 3-2. The Citrus Series contest marks the first time the two major league teams from Florida have faced one another in the regular season.
1999 Although he has been dead for fifty-one years, Hack Wilson is awarded another RBI, increasing his major league RBI record to 191. The commissioner’s office revises the total after baseball’s historian Jerome Holtzman discovered the Cubs outfielder did not get credit for driving in Kiki Cuyler with a third-inning single in a game played in July of 1930.
2001 The Braves trade John Rocker along with minor league third baseman Troy Cameron to the Indians in a four-player deal in return for relievers Steve Karsay and Steve Reed as well as cash. The Atlanta fireballer became a national figure after his negative comments about New Yorkers, homosexuals, unwed moms, and immigrants appeared in Sports Illustrated.
2002 Going going 0-for-4, Luis Castillo’s 35-game hitting streak comes to an end when he is left on deck as the Marlins cap off a four-run, ninth-inning rally to beat Detroit 5-4. The streak is the longest ever accomplished by a second baseman, a mark that Phillies’ second-sacker Chase Utley will equal in 2006.
2002 A saddened Joe Girardi, the Cubs’ player rep, informs the Wrigley Field crowd the scheduled game between St. Louis and the Cubs is postponed due to the death of Darryl Kile, who is found dead in his Chicago hotel room as the result of coronary disease. The 33 year-old Cardinal right-hander is the first active major league player to pass away during the regular season since 1979, when Yankee captain Thurman Munson was killed while practicing landing his plane at the Akron-Canton Airport.
2006 In just his fourth major league start, Cardinals starter Anthony Reyes throws a one-hitter, but is beaten by the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, 1-0. The only hit the Redbird rookie right-hander gives up is Jim Thome’s seventh inning solo home run.
2006 Opposing a pitcher who was born the year before he began his major league career, Roger Clemens makes his much-hyped season debut against the Twins. The ‘Rocket’, starting his 23rd major league season, is bested by Francisco Liriano, a 22 year-old pitching sensation from the Dominican Republic, when Minnesota beats the Astros, 4-2.
2007 The fifth longest consecutive game streak in baseball history comes to an end at 1,152 when Miguel Tejada sits out when Baltimore plays the Diamondbacks in Arizona. The Oriole shortstop, who was struck by San Diego’s Doug Brocail two games ago, resulting in a non-displaced fracture of the left radius, continued his streak yesterday with an attempted sac bunt, but was lifted for a pinch runner in the first inning.
2008 Mark Teixeira’s three home runs account for half of the Braves’ runs in their 8-3 interleague victory over Seattle. Atlanta’s switch-hitting first baseman smacks solo shots from the left side in the second and fourth innings, and then adds a two-run round-tripper batting right-handed in the seventh frame of the Turner Field contest.
2010 Rays announcer Dewayne Staats, before calling his 5000th major league game, throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the hometown team’s 2-1 loss to San Diego at Tropicana Field. The veteran broadcaster, in his 25th season, has also done play-by-play for the Cubs, Astros, and ESPN.
2011 The Marlins tie the franchise record for most losses in a month when they are beaten by the Angels in 10 innings, 6-5. The defeat is the team’s 20th out of 22 decisions in June.
2011 In the nightcap of a twin bill split with New York, Chris Heisey blasts three homers and drives in half of the Reds’ runs in the team’s 10-2 interleague rout of the Bronx Bombers. The Cincinnati leadoff hitter goes deep off Brian Gordon in the first and fifth, and in the eighth frame connects off Hector Noesi in the Great American Ball Park contest.
- 1865 1st class cricket debut of Dr W G Grace
- 1874 Game of lawn tennis introduced
- 1889 Louisville Colonels set ML baseball record with 26th consecutive loss
- 1918 32nd U.S. Women’s National Championship: Molla Bjurstedt beats Eleanor Goss (6-4, 6-3)
- 1926 Cardinals pick up 39-year-old Grover Alexander on waivers from Cubs
- 1929 Mel Ott (Giants) homers off Leo Sweetland (Phillies) in doubleheader
- 1930 Lou Gehrig hits 3 HRs in a game, Ruth hits 3 in doubleheader
- 1937 Joe Louis KOs James J Braddock in 18 for heavyweight boxing title
- 1938 Joe Louis scores a stunning 1st round KO of German Max Schmeling at Yankee Stadium to retain his world heavyweight boxing title
- 1944 Longest shut out in Phillies history, Phils beat Braves 1-0 in 15 inn
- 1946 Alec Bedser takes 7-49 v India on 1st day of his 1st Test cricket
- 1946 Bill Veeck purchases Cleveland Indians
- 1949 Ezzard Charles beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for National Boxing Association world heavyweight title
- 1958 Game in KC between A’s & Red Sox delayed 29 minutes due to tornado
- 1958 Patty Berg wins LPGA Western Golf Open
- 1959 Most Phillies strike out in a game (16 by Sandy Koufax)
- 1965 Freddie Trueman ends his Test cricket career, v NZ at Lord’s
- 1969 Susie Berning wins LPGA Pabst Ladies’ Golf Classic
- 1975 Betsy Cullen wins LPGA Hoosier Golf Classic
- 1976 SD Padre pitcher Randy Jones ties record of 68 innings without a walk
- 1979 Larry Holmes TKOs Mike Weaver in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
- 1980 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
- 1980 UEFA European Championship Final: Horst Hrubesch scores a double as Germany beats Belgium 2-1 in Rome
- 1982 Pete Rose gets his 3,772nd hit, moves past Aaron into 2nd place
- 1983 NHL institutes a 5 minute sudden death overtime period
- 1984 Carl Pohlad becomes CEO of Minnesota Twins
- 1986 Judy Dickinson wins LPGA Rochester Golf International
- 1987 Tom Seaver retires after 3rd try with NY Mets
- 1990 Braves replace manager Russ Nixon with GM Bobby Cox
- 1990 Longest game in Toronto, Yanks beat Blue Jays 8-7 in 15 inns
- 1993 NY Met Anthony Young ties record of 23rd straight lose
- 1994 48th NBA Championship: Houston Rockets beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3
- 1994 FIFA World Cup: USA beats Colombia 2-1 in 1994 world cup match (1st win since 1950)
- 1996 29th Curtis Cup: Great Britain & Ireland wins 11-6
- 1996 Saurav Ganguly scores 131 at Lord’s on Test cricket debut
- 1997 Ernie Els wins golf’s Buick Classic
- 1997 Penny Hammel wins LPGA Rochester International
- 1997 World Bowl: Barcelona Dragon beat Rhein Fire, 38-24
- 2009 109th US Golf Open: Lucas Glover shoots a 276 at Bethpage State Park NY
- 2016 NHL owners meeting unanimously approves the Las Vegas expansion bid to start play in the 2017-18 season.
- 1713 Lord John Philip Sackville, English cricketer (d. 1765)
- 1837 Paul Morphy, greatest chess player of all time (1857-61), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
- 1855 Sam Morris, Hobart, cricketer (Barbados parents only black Aus player)
- 1884 James Rector, American athlete (d. 1949)
- 1885 Milan Vidmar, Slovenian engineer and chess player (d. 1962)
- 1903 Carl Hubbell, pitcher (NY Giants)-253 wins, 2.97 lifetime ERA
- 1906 Richard Fanshawe, England, equestion 3 day event (Olympic bronze 1936)
- 1911 Marie Philipsen-Braun, swimmer (Olympic gold 1928)
- 1920 Chandrasekhar Sarwate, cricketer (batted in 9 Tests for India 1946-52)
- 1920 Gladys Marea Hartman, athletics Administrator
- 1923 Jimmy Cameron, cricketer (brother of John WI batsman 1948-49)
- 1923 Rafael “Felo” Ramirez, Cuban-American Spanish language sports announcer (Miami Marlins), born in Bayamo, Cuba (d. 2017)
- 1935 Vaman Kumar, Indian cricketer ( leggie who only played 2 Tests), born in Madras, India
- 1939 Don Matthews, American football coach in the CFL
- 1944 Michael Obst, German FR, coxsman (Olympic gold 1960)
- 1947 Murray Webb, cricketer (NZ fast bowler in 3 Tests, 4 wkts at 117 75)
- 1947 “Pistol” Pete Maravich, American NBA star (Atlanta Hawks), born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania (d. 1988)
- 1948 Nolan Clarke, cricketer (Barbados bat 1970-77, later Holland stalwart)
- 1948 Sue Roberts, LPGA golfer
- 1953 Bruce McAvaney, Australian sports broadcaster
- 1955 LeAnn Cassaday, LPGA golfer
- 1956 Alfons De Wolf, Belgian cyclist
- 1957 Nick Santagata, jockey
- 1961 Stephen Batchelor, British Olympic hockey player, born in Beare Green, Surrey
- 1962 Clyde “Glide” Drexler, NBA Guard (Houston Rockets, Port Trailblazers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
- 1964 Greg Anderson, NBA forward/center (San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks)
- 1964 Mark Royals, NFL punter (New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions)
- 1964 Nico Jalink, Dutch soccer player (Sparta, NAC)
- 1965 Ľubomír Moravčík, Slovakian footballer
- 1966 Camille Benjamin, tennis star, born in Cleveland, Ohio
- 1966 Meyrick Pringle, cricket pace bowler (South African)
- 1966 Paul Randolph, CFL linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
- 1967 Al Carlay, US fencer-foil (Olympics 1996), born in Manila, Philippines
- 1967 Eric Green, NFL tight end (Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens)
- 1967 Mark van Hintum, soccer player (Willem II)
- 1968 Darrell Armstrong, NBA guard (Orlando Magic)
- 1969 Derek Russell, NFL wide receiver (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
- 1970 Anne “Annie” Summertime Kakela, US rower (Olympic 4th 1996)
- 1970 David Frisch, NFL tight end (NE Patriots)
- 1970 Rastko Cvetkovic, NBA center (Denver Nuggets)
- 1971 Brant Brown, infielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Porterville, California
- 1971 Laryssa Biesenthal, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Walkertown, Ontario
- 1971 Kurt Warner, American football player
- 1973 Benjamin Fairbrother, CFL offensive tackle (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
- 1973 Cory Alexander, NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs)
- 1974 Mark Wetges, field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Walnut Creek, California
- 1975 Andreas Klöden, German professional road cyclist
- 1978 Champ Bailey, American football player
- 1978 Dan Wheldon, British race car driver
- 1979 Joey Cheek, American speed skater
- 1979 Thomas Voeckler, French road cyclist
- 1979 Brad Hawpe, American baseball player
- 1981 Lisa Moro, Victoria Australia, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
- 1982 Ian Kinsler, American baseball player
- 1984 Jerome Taylor, West Indies international cricketer
- 1984 Janko Tipsarević, Serbian tennis player
- 1984 Dustin Johnson, American golfer (US Open 2016), born in Columbia, South Carolina
- 1985 Sofoklis Schortsanitis, Greek-Cameroonian basketball player
- 1986 Ramin Ott, American Samoan football player
- 1988 Kieran Lee, English football player