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THIS DAY IN SPORTS-JUNE 23, 1967

NEW YORK TIMES

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(Jim Ryun, aged 20, at the University of Kansas. Ryun, an early bloomer, still held four of the top five high-school times in the mile and four of the six best times in the 1,500 meters as of 2003.)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.-Jim Ryun, the precocious 20-year-old sophomore from the University of Kansas, set a world record for the one-mile run tonight at the Amateur Athletic Union’s national track and field championships here. Ryun, winning by some 40 yards, ran the classic distance in 3 minutes 51.1 seconds. That was two-tenths of a second faster than Ryun’s recognized world mark of 3:51.3, set a year ago at Berkeley, Calif.

It was a tremendous race that saw the first seven finishers run the distance in under four minutes. The seventh-place finisher, 17-year-old Martin Liquori of Essex Catholic High School in Cedar Grove, N.J., posted a time of 3:59.8. Jim Grelle, a seasoned miler from Portland, Ore., had a time of 3:56.1 for second place, then came Dave Willborn, University of Oregon, 3:56.2; Tom von Ruden, Oklahoma State, 3:56.9; Roscoe Divine, Oregon, 3:57.2; Sam Bair, Kent State, 3:58.6, and Liquori.

Paul Wilson, a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Southern California, also set a world’s record. Wilson cleared 17 feet 8 inches in the pole vault event to eclipse the former mark of 17-7 set by his teammate, Bob Seagren, last June 10. Ryun’s quarter times were 59.2 seconds, 59.8, 58.6, and then a blasting 53.5 as he went for the world mark. He next took a leisurely jog around Bakersfield College’s Memorial Stadium as the crowd of 10,000 cheered him mightily. Ryun had taken the lead just after the start, a lead that grew longer and longer. As the collective quarter times were announced over the public address system, the crowd sensed a record was at hand and urged on the slight, tall, dark-haired Ryun. Said Ryun afterwards, “I felt well and I wanted to run a fast race.” That was succinct and simple.

On June 5, 1964, at Compton, Calif., eight men ran a mile race in under four minutes. Ryun, then a 17-year-old junior at Wichita (Kan.) East High School, placed eighth. His time was 3:59. Tonight’s effort was Ryun’s 12th mile run since then under four minutes and Grelle’s 19th in his longer career.

Jim Ryun is a United States congressman from Kansas, now serving his fourth term.

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1915      In his major league debut, Bruno Hass tosses a complete game, but loses to the Yankees at Shibe Park, 15-7. The 24 year-old southpaw, known as Boon, issues 16 walks during the nine-inning contest, establishing a post-1900 major league record.

1917      Red Sox reliever Ernie Shore replaces an ejected Babe Ruth, who had walked the only batter he faced, and retires the next consecutive 26 batters. The only base runner is thrown out trying to steal second.

1930      The Dodgers get twelve consecutive hits in a 19-6 win over the Pirates at Forbes Field. Two of the dozen hits in the eight-run sixth inning include a pair of homers hit by Brooklyn outfielder Babe Herman.

1933      With his 2-for-5 performance at the plate in Washington’s 7-3 victory over Chicago, Joe Cronin sets a major league record by collecting 15 hits in four consecutive games. The Senators’ player-manager’s recent offensive output also includes two four-hit games and another with five.

1943      Due to the civil unrest in Detroit, 350 armed troops are deployed at Briggs Stadium during a twin bill between the Indians and hometown Tigers. The recent race riots in the Motor City has claimed 29 lives and will be investigated by the House Un-American Activities Committee, looking for evidence of subversive and racial propaganda spread by the Axis nations.

1946      At the Polo Grounds, Eddie Waitkus and Marv Rickert hit back-to-back inside-the-park home runs in the fourth inning. The Cubs, however, still lose to the Giants, 15-10.

1950      Luke Easter, obtained last season by Indians owner Bill Veeck from the Kansas City Monarchs, blasts the longest home run ever hit in Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium. The 34 year-old first baseman’s 477-foot shot into the upper right deck will be one of two round-trippers he hits in the team’s 13-4 rout of Washington.

1950      The game’s eleventh round-tripper, a ninth inning game-winning home run by Hoot Evers, gives the Tigers a dramatic 10-9 victory over the Yankees. The decisive four-bagger in the Bronx sets the major league record for the most homers ever hit in a single game.

1961      Sam Mele is named to replace Cookie Lavagetto as the manager of the ninth-place Twins during the team’s first season in Minnesota. As a coach, the Astoria, New York native filled in as the skipper of the club while Lavagetto took a seven-game leave of absence earlier in the month.

1962      Larry Doby becomes one of the first players with major league experience to sign with a Japanese team. The future Hall of Famer will play with Chunichi in the Nippon Professional Baseball League, but the former Indians’ outfielder will hit only .225 for the Dragons.

1963      The Colt .45s’ streak of 40 consecutive innings without scoring a run ends with Howie Goss’s second inning RBI-single in an 8-1 loss to Cincinnati at Crosley Field. Houston will immediately begin another scoreless streak of 30 innings before scoring again.

1963      After taking Phillies right-hander Dallas Green deep, Jimmy Piersall runs around the bases in the correct order, but backward, to celebrate his 100th career home run. The Mets’ outfielder, who thought of the stunt after being disappointed by the lack of attention Duke Snider’s 400th round-tripper received, will be released two days later by manager Casey Stengel.

1971      In addition to hitting two home runs and driving in three runs, Rick Wise throws only 95 pitches to 28 batters to no-hit the Reds, 4-0. The Phillies’ hurler will again hit two home runs in the same game this season against San Francisco in August.

1973      In his major league debut, Jesse Jefferson loses his shutout when Red Sox third baseman Rico Petrocelli’s two-out, ninth inning solo home run ties the Fenway Park contest. The 24 year-old rookie right-hander will hang on to get the complete game victory after the Orioles score a run in the 10th to beat Boston, 2-1.

1973      Twenty days after pitching his high school team to a state championship, Rangers’ rookie David Clyde pitches five innings, strikes out eight, and allows just one hit in his first major league start as Texas defeats the Twins, 4-3. A crowd of 35,698 fans, the first sellout at Arlington Stadium, sees the debut of the 18 year-old phenom, $125,000 bonus baby.

1973      In a complete-game 7-2 victory over Montreal at Parc Jarry, Phillies’ hurler Ken Brett hits a home run in the fourth consecutive game that he pitches during the month of June. The right-hander will end his 14-year career with ten round-trippers, 307 less than his brother George.

1977      Eddie Stanky, who replaced Frank Lucchesi when the former Ranger skipper got off to a 31-31 start, quits after being at the helm for only one game, a 10-8 victory in Minnesota. The 60 year-old ‘Brat’ cites homesickness for his short tenure with Texas, returning to Mobile (AL) to rejoin his family and resume his baseball coaching duties for the University of South Alabama Jaguars.

1984      In a game that will be best remembered for Ryne Sandberg’s two late-inning game-tying home runs, Willie McGee hits for the cycle in St. Louis’ 12-11 loss in 11 innings to the Cubs. With his triple in the second inning, a fourth frame single, a sixth inning home run, and a RBI double in the tenth, the Cardinals center fielder drives in six runs in the Wrigley Field contest.

1984      The Roger Maris Museum opens in the West Acres Shopping Center located in Fargo, North Dakota. Nearly 2,000 visitors are attracted to the 72-foot showcase which features memorabilia from the slugger’s 12-year big league career, including a ticket stub from the 162nd game of the 1961 season.

1984      In a nationally televised game, Cubs’ second baseman Ryne Sandberg hits a leadoff solo home run in the ninth off Cardinal reliever Bruce Sutter to tie the score 9-9, then hits a two-run, two-out homer in the tenth, knotting the game at 11. Chicago wins the Wrigley Field contest, 12-11, in the next frame on an RBI single by Dave Owen.

1986      The Braves strand 18 runners on base, establishing a National League record. Enough Atlanta players do score to give the team a 6-5 victory over L.A. at Dodger Stadium.

1993      Jay Buhner becomes the first player in Mariners history to hit for the cycle. To complete the task, the right fielder triples and will score the winning run in the 14th inning of an 8-7 victory over the A’s at the Kingdome.

1995      ‘Marvelous’ Marv Throneberry, known best by his antics as a Met, dies from cancer at the age of 60. The first baseman’s gaffes on the field became emblematic of the hapless new franchise in the Big Apple.

1996      The Yankees score nine sixth-inning runs en route to an 11-9 victory over the Tribe at Jacobs Field. It is first time the Bronx Bombers have completed a four-game sweep of the Indians in Cleveland since 1964.

1996      In a 5-4 Cubs’ loss in San Diego, Brant Brown continues his torrid pace at the plate, collecting two hits in three at bats at Jack Murphy Stadium. The rookie first baseman has collected 15 hits, including four home runs, in his first 34 career major league at-bats.

2000      Bret Boone drives in six runs when he hits three home runs in the Padres’ 10-7 victory over Cincinnati. Ruben Rivera’s three-run homer in the top of the tenth inning off Scott Williamson proves to be the difference in the Cinergy Field contest.

2003      Stealing second base at Pacific Bell Park in the 11th inning, Barry Bonds becomes the first player to hit 500 homers and steal 500 bases in his career. The Giants’ left fielder may not only be the charter member of the 500-500 club, many believe, including him, he will most likely be only member, as no one else may ever reach this plateau.

2005      Making his professional debut, Yakima Bears hurler Ryan Doherty pitches a perfect sixth and seventh, striking out three of the six batters he faces, during a 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canadians. At 7’1″, the right-hander from Toms River, New Jersey, who signed a free-agent contract with the Diamondbacks after pitching for Notre Dame, becomes the tallest pitcher in professional baseball history, surpassing Jon Rauch, who stands a mere 6 feet-11 inches.

2006      White Sox starter Jose Contreras establishes a franchise mark, surpassing LaMarr Hoyt and Wilson Alvarez, by winning his 16th consecutive decision when Chicago beat the Astros 7-4 in a matchup of last year’s World Series rivals. The Cuban right-hander, whose last defeat occurred on August 15 last season against the Twins, hasn’t been beaten in his past 21 regular season starts.

2006      The Mets, defeating the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre, 6-1, set a club record, winning their ninth straight decision on the road. The team had won their eight decisions on a ten-game road trip, including stops in Los Angeles, Arizona, and Philadelphia.

2007      During a Class AA Southern League contest against the Montgomery Biscuits, Mobile BayBears right-hander Matt Elliott is unable to return to the mound to pitch the ninth inning when he locks himself inside a Riverwalk Stadium bathroom. The relief pitcher, who apparently broke the lock after he angrily slammed the door, upset about giving up the tying run on a sac fly in the previous inning, will be stuck in the restroom for 47 minutes, missing the rest of the game.

2008      In an inter-league contest against the Mets at Shea Stadium, Mariners’ right-hander Felix Hernandez becomes the first pitcher in the 31-year history of the franchise to hit a home run. The round-tripper, which comes off fellow Venezuela ace Johan Santana, is also the first grand slam hit by an American League pitcher since Steve Dunning of the Indians homered off A’s moundsman Diego Segui in 1971.

2010      In a move that surprises its players, the fourth-place Marlins (34-36) fire their manager, Fredi Gonzalez, along with bench coach Carlos Tosca and hitting coach Jim Presley. Edwin Rodriguez, the skipper of the team’s Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans, is named to fill the position on an interim basis.

2011      Upset by the management’s lack of commitment about his future with the team, Nationals manager Jim Riggleman resigns abruptly after the team beats Seattle, 1-0. The club, having won 11 of their past 12 games, are 38-37 at the time of their skipper’s departure.

2012      Jim Thome sets a major league mark with his 13th career walk-off home run, a solo shot over the left-field wall in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Phillies a dramatic 7-6 victory over Tampa Bay. Before today’s historic round-tripper at Citizens Bank Park, the 41 year-old five-time All-Star Thome had shared the record with five Hall of Famers: Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Stan Musial, and Frank Robinson.

2014      Devin Mesoraco becomes the first major leaguer to hit a solo, two-run, three-run, and grand slam homer sequentially in successive games when he blasts a ninth-inning four-bagger in the Reds’ 6-1 victory over Chicago at Wrigley Field. The 26 year-old Cincinnati catcher, who will extend his round-tripper streak to five consecutive games with a solo shot tomorrow, accomplishes the unusual feat by clearing the fences at PNC Park (solo HR), Great American Ball Park (two and three-run HRS), and Wrigley Field (grand slam).

  • 1915 – New York Yankees get record 16 walks and three wild pitches, beating Philadelphia Athletics pitcher Bruno Hass, 15-0.
  • 1917 – Molla Bjurstedt wins the US Lawn Tennis Association title.
  • 1927 – Lou Gehrig hits three home runs in 11-4 victory over Boston Red Sox.
  • 1930 – Chicago Cubs beat Philadelphia Phillies 21-8.
  • 1950 – New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers hit record 11 home runs, Detroit Tigers win 10-9.
  • 1961 – Philadelphia Phillies overcome 9-0, losing 11-2 they score 4 in 8th and six in 9th.
  • 1963 – Julius Boros wins golf’s US Open.
  • 1963 – New York Mets’ Jimmy Piersall, hits his 100th home run, he circles bases backwards.
  • 1967 – Jim Ryun sets mile record of 3:51.1 (Bakersfield, California).
  • 1969 – Joe Frazier beats Jerry Quarry for the heavyweight boxing title.
  • 1972 – US President Richard Nixon signs act barring sex discrimination in college sports.
  • 1973 – Philadelphia Phillies’ Ken Brett’s fourth consecutive game home run in which he pitched.
  • 1974 – Sandra Haynie wins the LPGA by two strokes over JoAnne Carner.
  • 1977 – 13th Mayor’s Trophy Game, New York Mets beat New York Yankees 6-4.
  • 1981 – 33-inning game ends, Pawtucket 3, Rochester 2 (started April 18).
  • 1985 – Laffit Pncay Junior becomes the second jockey to win US$100 million.
  • 1988 – Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat begin their NBA expansion draft.
  • 1988 – New York Yankees’ manager Billy Martin’s 5th term ends, Lou Pinella named manager.
  • 2003 – Barry Bonds becomes the first major league baseball player to hit 500 homers and steal 500 bases in his career.
  • 2005 – The San Antonio Spurs defeat the Detroit Pistons in Game 7 of the 2005 NBA Finals. The series is the first NBA Finals in 11 years to go to a seventh game.
  • 2008 – Seattle Mariners’ pitcher Felix Hernandez become the first American League pitcher to hit a grand slam home run in 37 years.
  • 2009 – Lucas Glover wins the U.S. Open of golf at the Bethpage Black course on Long Island, New York. Glover takes home US$1.35 million for his 4-under par win.
  • 2010 – The first-round tennis contest between American John Isner and Nicolas Mahut of France at Wimbledon ends for the day tied at 59-59 (ten hours play), becoming the longest in tennis history. The match had already been suspended on June 22 after 3 hours of play.
  • 1884 Cyclone Taylor, ice hockey player (d. 1979)
  • 1892 Able Kiviat, American runner (Olympic gold 1912)
  • 1904 Quintin McMillan, cricketer (South African leg spinner 1929-32)
  • 1916 Len Hutton, cricketer (England opener, 364 v Australia The Oval 1938)
  • 1917 Sid Watters Jr, horse trainer
  • 1922 Leonard Dorfman, horse trainer
  • 1922 Hal Laycoe, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1998)
  • 1925 Art Modell [Arthur Bertram], American businessman (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, Modells Stores), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1925 Richard Barber, cricketer (scored 12 & 5 in only Test NZ v WI 1956)
  • 1932 Bob Blair, cricketer (NZ pace bowler in 19 Tests in 50s)
  • 1940 Mike Shrimpton, cricketer (occasional NZ Test batsman 1963-74)
  • 1940 Simon Hobday, South African golfer (1994 US Senior Open), born in Mafikeng, South Africa (d. 2017)
  • 1940 Wilma Rudolph, St Bethlehem Tenn, runner (Olympic-3 gold-1960)
  • 1949 Gordon Bray, Australian sports broadcaster
  • 1951 Michèle Mouton, French race car driver
  • 1953 Filbert Bayi, Karatu Tanzania, 3k steeplechase (Olympic silver 1980)
  • 1955 Jean Tigana, French footballer
  • 1956 Tony Hill, American football player
  • 1957 David Houghton, cricketer (Zimbabwe batsman, 266 v Sri Lanka 1994)
  • 1959 Danny Sharp, Canadian Tour golfer (1986 Quinte Festival), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1961 LaSalle Thompson, NBA forward/center (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1962 Kari Takko, Uusikaupunki FIN, hockey goalie (Team Finland)
  • 1963 Colin Montgomerie, Scottish golfer
  • 1964 Yun Lou, Chinese gymnast
  • 1965 John “Chip” McKibben II, Balboa Island California, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1965 Leith Wastle, Benalla VIC, Australian golfer
  • 1965 Peter O’Malley, Bathurst NSW, Australian golfer
  • 1966 Barbara Jordan, US softball outfielder (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1966 Chantal Daucourt, Swiss mountain cyclist (world-bronze-95), born in Bienne, Switzerland
  • 1966 Vladislav Neiman, Men’s flyweight boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Israel
  • 1967 Derrick Walker, NFL tight end (KC Chiefs)
  • 1968 Kent Steffes, beach volleyballer (Olympic gold 1996), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1968 Ronnie West, WLAF RB (London Monarchs)
  • 1969 Elbert Ellis, NFL wide receiver (Carolina Panthers, GB Packers)
  • 1970 A C Earl, NBA center (Toronto Raptors)
  • 1970 Kerri Ann Buchberger, Russell Manitoba, volleyballer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970 Mike Bartrum, tight end (New England Patriots)
  • 1970 Rich Manning, NBA center (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1970 Robert Brooks, NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1970 Roger Knarren, soccer player (MVV)
  • 1971 Felix Potvin, Anjou, NHL goalie (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • 1971 Joe Rumolo, CFL defensive linebacker (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1972 Cory Schlesinger, NHL running back (Detroit Lions)
  • 1972 Larry Whigham, NFL safety (NE Patriots)
  • 1972 Roell Preston, NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1972 Zinédine Zidane, French soccer midfielder/Real Madrid manager (Champions League 2016-17-18, World Cup 1998), born in Marseille, France
  • 1973 Mark Larsen, Danish gallop jockey
  • 1974 Dontonio Wingfield, NBA forward (Portland Trailblazers)
  • 1974 Mark Hendrickson, NBA forward (Sacramento Kings)
  • 1975 Alexander Serikow, Landshut GER, hockey forward (Team Germany)
  • 1975 Jane Jamieson, Australian heptathlete (Olympics 1996)
  • 1975 Kevin Dyson, American football player
  • 1976 Paola Suarez, Argentinian tennis star (1995 Futures-Buenos Aires), born in Pergamino, Argentina
  • 1976 Wade Barrett, American soccer player
  • 1976 Brandon Stokley, American football player
  • 1976 Patrick Vieira, French footballer
  • 1977 Hayden Foxe, Australian soccer defender (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • 1977 Miguel Ángel Angulo, Spanish footballer
  • 1978 Matt Light, American football player
  • 1979 LaDainian Tomlinson, American football player
  • 1980 Ramnaresh Sarwan, Guyanese cricketer
  • 1983 Brooks Laich, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1988 Chellsie Memmel, American gymnast
  • 1988 Milk [Daniel Donigan], American figure skater and drag performer (RuPaul’s Drag Race), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1992 Bridget Sloan, American gymnast, born in Cincinnati, Ohio

1922: Foreshadowing the popularity of golf in America, Walter Hagen of Rochester, N.Y., scored a one-stroke victory over Jim Barnes and George Duncan at Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, England, becoming the first United States‚born player to win the British Open. Jock Hutchison of Pittsburgh won the title the previous year, but he was born in Scotland.

1972: Title IX, the revolutionary federal law that opened wide the doors to women in high school and collegiate sports as well as in academics in general, was signed by President Richard M. Nixon. The statute, which barred sex discrimination at schools receiving federal funds, effectively forced colleges to create sports programs for women if they wanted to keep their revenue-producing sports programs for men.

1917: The Red Sox’ Ernie Shore pitched the third “perfect game” of the 1900’s, though he didn’t start it. Babe Ruth did but was ejected for arguing a ball-four call to the Senators’ lead-off batter. Shore entered, the runner was caught stealing and Shore got the next 26 outs. A 1991 rule change deprived him of the honor because he didn’t pitch a full nine innings.

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