- Babe Ruth became the second American Leaguer to hit a home run in four consecutive games.
- Jock Hutchinson became the first U.S. citizen to win the British Open.
- Bobby Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hit a grand-slam home run in his first game with the Giants becoming the first player to debut with a grand-slam.
- ABC’s "Monday Night Football" began with a new line-up, Frank Gifford, Joe Namath and O.J. Simpson.
- New York Yankees officials enacted the rule that required protective helmets be worn my the team’s bat boys during all games.
- Former boxing champion Muhammad Ali received a humanitarian award at the second annual BET awards.
- Todd McFarlane bought Barry Bonds' record setting 73rd home run ball at auction for $517,500.
- Former National Hockey League goaltender Greg Millen born in Toronto, Ontario.
- Tommy Corcoran, who hit .256 and stole 387 bases from 1890 to 1907, died. He was 91 years old.