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This Day in Sports History — July 18

TY Cobb

Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on July 18:

1927 — Ty Cobb of the Philadelphia A’s became the first player to collect 4,000 hits, as Philadelphia lost to the Tigers, 5-3, in Detroit. (More info.)

1948 — Pat Seerey of the Chicago White Sox hit four home runs in a game against the Athletics at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. (More info.)

1951 — Jersey Joe Walcott, 37, became the oldest heavyweight champion in history by knocking out Ezzard Charles in the seventh round of their fight at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. (More info.)

1959 — William Wright won the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship to become the first black man ever to win a major golf tournament. (More info.)

1969 — Quarterback Joe Namath of the New York Jets ended his brief retirement by agreeing to sell his interest in New York nightclub Bachelors III. (More info.)

1970 — Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants recorded his 3,000th hit against the Montreal Expos at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. (More info.)

1971 — Belgian cyclist Eddy Merckx won his third consecutive Tour de France in Paris. (More info.)

1975 — A jury was unable to decide whether or not Dave Forbes of the Boston Bruins was guilty of excessive violence for butt-ending Henry Boucha of the Minnesota North Stars in the face with his stick during a game. (More info.)

1987 — Don Mattingly of the New York Yankees homered in his eighth consecutive game to tie the major-league record set by Dale Long of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1956. (More info.)

1994 — The New York Jets signed U.S. National Soccer Team goalkeeper Tony Meola as a place kicker. (More info.)

1999 — David Cone of the New York Yankees threw a perfect game, blanking the Montreal Expos, 6-0, at Yankee Stadium. (More info.)

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