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Updated Jul 21, 2004 9:50 AM ET
------- 1905 - The USA began Davis Cup play on foreign soil for the first time, at Wimbledon. The Yanks immediately go down 2-0 and eventually lose 5-0. 1921 - The Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees combined for 16 doubles as the Indians won, 17-8. The Tribe picked up nine of those doubles. 1945 - The Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Athletics played to a 1-1 stalemate after 24 innings. Detroit's Less Mueller hurled 19 2/3rd remarkable innings. 1946 - Boston's Ted Williams hit for the cycle. 1956 - Brooks Lawrence of the Cincinnati Reds had his personal 13-game winning streak halted when Roberto Clemente slammed a three-run homer to give the Pirates a 4-3 win. 1957 - Althea Gibson became the first black to win a major United States tennis championship. Gibson won the women's national clay court title. 1967 - Hall-of-Famer Jimmy Foxx died in Miami, Florida at the age of 59. Foxx batted .325 over a 22-year career. 1969 - At an All-Star banquet in Washington, Babe Ruth was named the greatest player ever and Joe DiMaggio the greatest living player. 1970 - The San Diego Padres Clay Kirby was pulled from a no-hitter after eight innings with the Padres trailing 1-0. Padres manager Preston Gomez made the decision to go with a pinch-hitter in the Padres half of the eighth. San Diego eventually lost the game 3-0. 1973 - Hank Aaron blasted the 700th home run of his career off of Ken Brett of the Philadelphia Phillies. 1974 - Sandra Haynie won the U.S. Women's Open Championship by one shot over Carol Mann and Beth Stone. 1975 - Joe Torre of the New York Mets grounded into four double plays in a 6-2, loss to the Houston Astros. Felix Milan had four singles but was wiped out each time by Torre. 1976 - The unknown man of the New York Yankees lineup, Earle Combs died Combs batted .350 during a 12-year career and had the distinction of batting ahead of Babe Ruth in the Yankees lineup. 1979 - Spain's Seve Ballesteros won the British Open by three strokes over Ben Crenshaw and Jack Nicklaus. 1985 - The greatest money winner in horse racing history, John Henry, retired. He won 39 races in 83 starts and earned $6,597,947. 1989 - Jockey Chris McCarron notched his 5,000th winner, riding I Sure Hope So to victory in the fifth race at Hollywood Park. - Mike Tyson knocked down Carl "The Truth" Williams in 93 seconds of the first round. It was the fifth shortest heavyweight title fight in history. 1996 - Boston's Roger Clemens passed Hall-of-Famer Don Drysdale and into 20th place on the all-time strikeout list, registering the 2,494th of his career. - Wayne Gretzky signed with the New York Rangers. - Tom Lehman won the British Open by two shots over Ernie Els and Mark McCumber. 1998 - Chinese gymnast Sang Lan suffered cervical damage and paralysis from the waist down after a fall while warming up for a vault competition at the Goodwill Games. The 17-year old gymnast attempted a forward vault and landed on her head. 2001 - The Sacramento Kings re-signed center Chris Webber to a 7-year, $122 million deal. - Australian Olympic Gold swimmer Ian Thorpe set a world record in the 400-freestyle with a time of 3 minutes, 40.17 seconds at the World Championships in Japan. - The LA Dodgers erupted for 22 runs on 23 hits to crush the Colorado Rockies, 22-7. It was the most runs scored in 58 years. Gary Sheffield hit two home runs, his 300th and 301st of his career. - The Carolina Panthers signed their fourth-round draft pick, Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke. - The San Antonio Spurs re-signed center David Robinson to a 2-year, $20 million contract. 2002 - Prince Ahmed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the owner of Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner War Emblem, died in Saudi Arabia. 2003 - Three World Records were set at the Swimming and Diving Championships in Spain: Australian Matthew Welsh established a world record in winning the 50-meter butterfly gold. Fellow countrywoman Leisel Jones set the mark in the women's 100 breaststroke semifinals. Japan's Kosuke Kitajima broke the record in capturing the gold medal in the men's 100 breaststroke. - The Detroit Red Wings signed Captain Steve Yzerman to a one-year contract. It's Yzerman's 21st season in the NHL - all with the Red Wings.
Birthdays: Dave Henderson (1958) - former MLB player. David Carr (1979) - NFL quarterback.
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