Patterson V Jackson II

On July 29, 1957, defending champion, “The Gentleman of Boxing,” Floyd Patterson stepped into the ring at the Polo Grounds in New York for a World Championship rematch against Tommy “The Hurricane” Jackson. Jackson, coming back from being defeated the previous year by a vote, was ready to take his turn as champion. Jackson’s manager Cus D’Amato…

Nicklaus defeats ‘Monster’ in Sr. Open

On July 28, 1991, pro golfer Jack Nicklaus won the U.S. Senior Open at the Oakland Hills Country Club, called “The Monster” by Ben Hogan, in a course-record-tying 65 strokes. Nicklaus beat Chi Chi Rodriguez by four strokes after hitting a birdie in each of the first eight holes. He trailed by one stroke at the end of the…

Shea announces his stadium

On July 27, 1959, New York lawyer, William Shea announced his decision to bring a second professional baseball team to New York. The Yankees were already getting attention as the city’s American League team and Shea saw the possibility of a  National League team. The Mets played at the Polo Grounds, since they were already in New…

Home run two ways

On July 26, 1950, James “Jim” Russell became the first to hit a home run from each side of the plate in one game as he assisted the Brooklyn Dodgers in a 7-5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Russell hit 67 home runs in 10 seasons and kept a .267 batting average. He started his major career…

Birth of Sweetness

On July 25, 1954, legendary Chicago Bear’s running back Walter Payton was born in Columbia, Mississippi. Peyton attended Jackson State University where he played half back as a starter his freshman year, 1971. He had an extraordinary college career. He started all four years and broke nine school records. He scored 464 points in his four…

Cy Young

On July, 2, 1968, Chicago White Sox pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm was the first to break Cy Young’s record for most games played as a pitcher when he stepped on the mound for the 907th time. The record breaking appearance took place at home where the Oakland Athletics claimed a 1-0 victory. Wilhelm was the closing pitcher, playing only in…