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This Day in Sports History — July 11

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Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on July 11 :

1914 — Babe Ruth made his major league debut as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. He beat Cleveland, 4-3, in Boston. (More info.)

1924 — After dropping out of the 100 meter race because its date interfered with his religious beliefs, Scotland’s Eric Liddell set an Olympic record by running the 400-meters in 47.6 seconds at the Summer Olympics in Paris. The incident later served as inspiration for the Oscar-winning film ‘Chariots of Fire.’
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1923 — Boston Red Sox’ owner Harry Frazee sold the team to Ohio businessmen for $1 million. (More info.)

1939 — American League manager Joe McCarthy of the New York Yankees started six of his own players, as the AL beat the National League, 3-1, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (More info.)

1950 — The National League defeated the American League, 4-3, in 14 innings at the MLB All-Star Game at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Boston Red Sox star Ted Williams broke his elbow running into the outfield wall to catch a drive by Pittsburgh Pirates’ slugger Ralph Kiner. (More info.)

1967 — Cincinnati Reds’ first-baseman Tony Perez hit a game-winning home run, as the National League beat the American League, 2-1, in 15 innings at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, CA. (More info.)

1968 — Future Hall of Famer Earl Weaver replaced Hank Bauer as manager of the Baltimore Orioles. (More info.)

1973 — Nineteen-year-old Dwight Stones set a world high-jump record of 7 feet 61/2 inches in a meet between the U.S. and West Germany in Munich. (More info.)

1982 — Italy beat West Germany, 3-1, in Madrid to win soccer’s World Cup. (More info.)

1985 — Houston Astros’ pitcher Nolan Ryan became the first major league player to strike out 4,000 batters in a career. (More info.)

1987 — Baltimore manager Cal Ripken became the first man to manage two sons in the major leagues, as Billy Ripken joined Cal Jr. on the Orioles’ roster. (More info.)

1989 — Game MVP Bo Jackson of the Kansas City Royals homered in the first inning, as the American League beat the National League, 5-3, at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, CA. (More info.)

1991 — Kentucky’s Calumet Farm, home to eight Kentucky Derby winners, filed for bankruptcy. (More info.)

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