On This Date In Sports History – May 9

Posted: May 9, 2012 in On This Date In Sports History

1945 – In the U.S., the wartime government ban on horse racing was lifted.
1961 – Jim Gentile (Baltimore Orioles) set a major league baseball record when he hit a grand slam home run in two consecutive innings. The game was against the Minnesota Twins.
1973 – Johnny Bench hit three homeruns in a game. It was the second time he had achieved the feat.
1984 – The Chicago White Sox beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6, in 25 innings. The game took 8 hours and 6 minutes to complete.
1987 – Eddie Murray (Baltimore Orioles) became the first player to switch hit homeruns in two consecutive games.
1989 – Rick Cerone (New York Mets) committed his first error in 159 games as catcher.
1989 – Kevin Elster (New York Mets) committed his first error in 88 games as shortstop.
1993 – The Phoenix Suns beat the Los Angeles Lakers 112-104 in overtime to become the first NBA team to lose two playoff games at home and then come back to win three straight.
1995 – The Cleveland Indians tied a record when they recorded 8 runs before making an out. They beat the Minnesota Twins 10-0.
1997 – The San Diego Padres retired the #35. Pitcher Randy Jones had worn the number.
1999 – Marshall McDougall (Florida State) hit six consecutive home runs and knocked in 16 runs. Both records were set in the 25-2 victory over Maryland.
2001 – In Accra, Ghana, at least 120 people died in a stampede at a soccer match.

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