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This Day in Sports History

1912: Philadelphia second baseman Eddie Collins becomes only player in MLB history to steal 6 bases in one game for a second time as A’s beat St. Louis Browns, 8-2.

1920: Chicago grand jury convenes to investigate charges that 8 White Sox players conspired to fix the 1919 World Series.

1969: SF Giant Willie Mays, becomes second player to hit 600 home runs.

1986: LA Dodger Fernando Valenzuela is 1st Mexican to win 20 games.

1987: NFL players go on strike for 24 days (2nd regular-season strike).

1988: South Korean coaches attack NZ referee after disputing his decision, Olympic Korean boxer stages a 67-minute sit-in.

1988: American swimmer Janet Evans sets a world record 4:03.85 to win the 400m freestyle gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; 3rd gold medal of the Games (400m I/M, 800m).

1991: Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula records his 300th career NFL victory.

1997: The first Test between Zimbabwe and New Zealand, in Harare, ended in a draw after a thrilling last day’s play. Chasing an unlikely 403 to win, New Zealand closed on 304 for 8. They owed most to Chris Cairns, who denied his basic instincts to make an unbeaten 71 off 238 balls and shepherd New Zealand to safety. The Man of the Match was Grant Flower, whose knocks of 104 and 151 were the first instance of a Zimbabwean making two hundreds in a Test.

2004: SF Giants outfielder Barry Bonds was intentionally walked 4 times in a 9-inning game (MLB record) for the second time (1 May 2004).

2005: Zimbabwe’s last Test before they voluntarily withdrew from the format was memorable only because they broke their run of innings defeats. They lost by ten wickets instead. Irfan Pathan, the Indian left-arm swing bowler, took a career-best 12 for 126 and India won inside three days. It was the last time Heath Streak played for Zimbabwe.

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