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This Day in Sports History — July 13

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Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on July 13:

1896 — Ed Delahanty of the Philadelphia Phillies became the second major league player to hit four home runs in a game against the Chicago Colts. (More info.)

1919 — Angered after being hit in the head by a throw from his catcher, Boston Red Sox’ pitcher Carl Mays walked off the mound and refused to continue playing for the team, who traded him to the Yankees a few days later. (More info.)

1930 — Soccer’s inaugural World Cup began in Uruguay. (More info.)

1934 — New York Yankees’ outfielder Babe Ruth became the first player to hit 700 home runs when he homered off Tommy Bridges of the Detroit Tigers at Navin Field in Detroit. (More info.)

1943 — The American League defeated the National League, 5-3, in the MLB All-Star Game at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. (More info.)

1960 — The National League defeated the American League, 6-0, in the MLB All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium in New York, the second of two All-Star games played that year. (More info.)

1962 — Golfer Arnold Palmer won his second straight British Open at Royal Troon Golf Course. (More info.)

1966 — Cleveland Browns’ running back Jim Brown retired at age 29 to pursue an acting career. Brown left the game as the NFL’s all-time leader in single-season and career rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns. (More info.)

1971 — Reggie Jackson, Frank Robinson and Harmon Killebrew all homered for the American League, as they beat the National League, 6-4, in the MLB All-Star Game at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. Jackson’s homer was a 500-plus foot blast off the light tower atop the right field roof. (More info.)

1982 — The National League defeated the American League, 4-1, in the MLB All-Star Game at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. It was the first All-Star contest to be played outside the U.S. (More info.)

1985 — Soviet pole vaulter Sergei Bubka, 22, broke his own world record and became the first man to clear 6 meters (19 feet 81/4 inches) at the Paris International Track and Field Meet. (More info.)

1993 — The American League beat the National League, 9-3, in the MLB All-Star Game at Camden Yards in Baltimore. In the game’s most memorable moment, Seattle Mariners’ left-handed pitcher Randy Johnson playfully threw a ball over the head of Philadelphia Phillies left-handed first baseman John Kruk. (More info.)

1996 — Thoroughbred horse Cigar won his 16th straight race at the Citation Challenge at Arlington Park near Chicago to match Citation’s modern era record, which was set from 1946 to 1948. (More info.)

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