This Day In Sports History

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1901: Benjamin Adams arrested for playing golf on Sunday (NY).

1935: Future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth announces his retirement as a player at 40 years of age.

1965: A great few minutes for Australian cricket, as the Waugh brothers are born in the Sydney suburb of Bankstown. Steve, about four minutes older than Mark, made his Test debut five years before his brother lit up Adelaide with a dreamy 138 in 1990-91. Mark had been called up to replace Steve, but they eventually became the first male twins to play in a Test together; in all they did it 108 times.

1973: French Open Women’s Tennis: Margaret Court of Australia beats American teenager Chris Evert 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 for her 5th and last French singles crown.

1975: With the inaugural World Cup looming, snow swept across England, causing widespread disruption and the abandonment of play in two County Championship matches, while several others were prematurely ended as players shivered in temperatures of around 50 Fahrenheit. A letter in the Times warned that we were entering a new ice age. Five days later the tournament began … in temperatures in the high 70s as spectators sweltered in the heat.

2015: At Headingley, Brendon McCullum’s New Zealand completed a famous win to square the Test series against England 1-1. The 199-run victory was New Zealand’s second largest in terms of runs in Test cricket, their first in the 21st century in England, and it kept them undefeated in a seventh straight Test series. At the heart of the victory was their bold new brand of cricket: they made 804 runs at almost five an over and won comfortably despite the weather taking almost a day out of the game. On the final day it was spin that sealed the deal for them: offspinner Mark Craig and part-timer Kane Williamson picked up three apiece on the visibly wearing surface.

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