This Day in History

  • Playing for the Pirates against his former team, the Dodgers, Casey Stengel was being booed mercilessly by Dodger fans. In the dugout after the sixth inning he saw a teammate holding a stunned sparrow. Stengel was due to bat in the top of the seventh. He took the sparrow and gently tucked it under his baseball cap. As he strode to the plate the crowd got on him again. He faced the crowd, tipped his hat, and the bird flew out. The crowd began laughing and Stengel won the day.
  • Babe Ruth ended his career playing for the Boston Braves. In a game at Forbes Field against the Pirates, Ruth hit three home runs. Ruth played for another week with dismal results before calling it a career and retiring.
  • Competing for Ohio State University at a track meet in Ann Arbor against Michigan, Owen’s feat began at 3:15 when he won the 100 yard dash in 9.4 seconds. Ten minutes later, 3:25, in the long jump, Owens leapt 26.67 feet, or 8.13 meters. It was the first time anyone had ever jumped over 8 meters. At 3:45 he ran 220 yards, or 200 meters in 20.3 seconds and he completed the amazing accomplishment when at 4pm he ran the 220 hurdles, or 200 meter hurdles in 22.6 seconds. Four world records in 45 minutes. Years later Sports Illustrated would call it the greatest 45 minutes in sports ever!

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Gary Jenneke

Gary Jenneke

Writer, traveler, veteran, miscast accountant except for one interesting stint at a Communist cafe, retiree and blogger.