Vaughn: Historic sports moments on Independence Day

Vaughn: Historic sports moments on Independence Day

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FILE - In this July 4, 1939, file photo, New York Yankees' Lou Gehrig wipes away a tear while speaking during a tribute at Yankee Stadium in New York. Delivering one of the most hallowed speeches in baseball history, Lou Gehrig spoke between games of a doubleheader with the Washington Senators on July 4, 1939. It came two weeks after he had retired having been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). (AP Photo/Murray Becker)

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by Doug Vaughn / News 4 Sports

KMOV.com

Posted on July 4, 2013 at 6:38 PM

 (KMOV) -- July 4th is all about being patriotic and honoring our great country. It's also been a busy and important sports day over the years. Perhaps the most note worthy thing to happen in a Cardinals game on July 4th came in 2000, when Keith McDonald hit a pinch home run in a 14-3 victory over the Reds. McDonald became just the third Cardinal in history to homer in his first career at bat, joining Eddie Morgan (1936) and Wally Moon (1954).

Here are a few other notable sports events that occurred on July 4th. 


1994 - US loses to Brazil 1-0 in 1994 World Cup quarter finals

1992 - 99th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Steffi Graf beats Monica Seles (62 61)

1990 - Wrestler Brutus Beefcake injured during para-sailing

1984 - NY Yankee Phil Niekro is 9th to strikeout 3,000

1983 - NY Yankee Dave Righetti no-hits the Red Sox

1982 - 96th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: J Connors beats J McEnroe (36 63 67 76 64)

1980 - Nolan Ryan is 4th to strikeout 3,000

1977 - Red Sox wallop a major league-record 8 HRs beating Toronto 9-6

1960 - Mickey Mantle is 18th to hit 300 HRs

1950 - Braves Sid Gordon ties season grand slam record with 4

1939 - Lou Gehrig gives "luckiest man on the face of the earth" speech

1919 - Jack Dempsey KOs Jess Willard in Cuba for heavyweight championship

1912 - Detroit Tiger George Mullen no-hits St Louis Browns, 7-0

1911 - Ty Cobb goes 0 for 4 & ends a 40 game hit streak
1910 - Jack Johnson KOs James J Jeffries in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

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