SportsGuyMike’s Today In Sports History June 22nd!
Today we have some baseball milestones & one NBA Champion.
1930-Babe Ruth ties a major league record by hitting five homers in two games and six homers in three games. The Yankee outfielder hit three homers in the second game of the
doubleheader yesterday, two homers in today’s opener and one more in the nightcap.
1930-Lou Gehrig hits 3 HRs in a game, Ruth hits 3 in doubleheader
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.
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.
1962-Boog Powell becomes first player to homer over the center field hedge at Memorial Stadium. The Orioles’ first baseman goes deep off Boston’s Don Schwall, who gives up the 469-foot shot.
1982-Phillies’ Pete Rose moves into second place for career hits passing Hank Aaron with his 3,772nd hit. The historic hit is a third inning double off of Cardinal hurler John Stuper.
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, in
which 198 came wearing a Met uniform.
1990-Longest game in Toronto, Yanks beat Blue Jays 8-7 in 15 inns
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.
1994-48th NBA Championship: Houston Rockets beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3