With an eight-inning 12-hit effort in the Braves' 8-6 victory over Pittsburgh, lefty Warren Spahn earns his 20th victory for the fourth consecutive season and for the tenth time in his career. The southpaw will compile 13 seasons with 20 or more wins
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Vida Blue becomes the 11th rookie in baseball history to throw a no-hitter. The A's right-hander, who will become the AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner next season, beats the Twins at Oakland Coliseum, 6-0.
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The National Football League players begin a 57-day strike. It was their first regular-season walkout.
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Michael Spinks and Larry Holmes
Michael Spinks beats Larry Holmes in 15 rounds to win the heavyweight boxing title. Spinks becomes the first world Light Heavyweight champion ever to win the world Heavyweight title.
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A crowd 41,235 at Shea Stadium witness the return of baseball to New York City for the first time since terrorist attacks of September 11. Mike Piazza's eighth inning home run gives the Mets a 3-2 dramatic victory over the Braves.
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David Ortiz breaks the Red Sox's franchise record of 50 home runs in a single-season established by Jimmie Foxx in 1938. 'Big Papi', who will hit another dinger in the seventh inning, surpasses the Hall of Famer in the bottom of the first inning going deep over Fenway's right field bullpen off Twins' ace southpaw, Johan Santana.
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Born on this Day
Doug Moe (1938) Artis Gilmore (1948) Bruce Arena (1951) Sidney Moncrief (1957) Rick Mahorn (1958) Grant Fuhr (1962) Cecil Fielder (1963) Richard Brown (1965) Jason Christiansen (1969) Randal Hill (1969) Jason Christiansen (1969) Jon Kitna (1972) Scott Spiezio (9172) Bryce Drew (1974) Jimmy Clausen (1987) Courtney Paris (1987, pictured) Ashley Paris (1987, pictured)
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