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- Zip Zabel, pitcher for the Chicago Cubs goes 18.1 IP for the 4-3 win in a 19 inning game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the longest relief appearance in major league history.
- Joe Cronin, the player/manager for the Boston Red Sox becomes the first player to hit a pinch-hit home run in both games of a double header.
- Eleven days after making his major league debut, Ossie Virgil, the first black player to play for the Detroit Tigers, goes 5-5 in his first home game at Briggs Stadium. He helps the Tigers beat the Washington Senators, 9-2.
- Ted Williams hits his 500th career home run. The two run shot helped the Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians, 3-2.
- Willie Mays and Ernie Banks become the first pair of players with 500 career homers to hit a home run in the same game. Mays hit his 615th and Banks hit his 504th
- Don Kessinger goes 6-6 with 5 singles and a double to help the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-6 in 10 innings.
- The remaining American Basketball Association teams New Jersey Nets, Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs are merged into NBA.
- Ron Guidry strikes out 18 California Angels while pitching for the New York Yankees to set a record for the most strikeouts in a single game by a left handed pitcher.
- At 50 years old, Harry Gant became the oldest driver to win a NASCAR race.
- Baseball owners vote in favor of expanding the playoffs and the divisions by a vote of 26-2. The new alignment, set to start in 1994 would feature 3 divisions in each league and allow 8 teams to make it to the playoffs in the format that we now know today.
- Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Hart Memorial Trophy, the Art Ross Trophy, the Masterton Trophy, and the Lester B. Pearson Award.
- Former professional football star, O.J. Simpson drove his friend's white Ford Bronco across Los Angeles with police in pursuit and millions of people watching live on television. After the slow speed chase ended Simpson was arrested and charged with the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
- The NHL announces it will add expansion franchises for Nashville in 1998, Atlanta in 1999 and Minneapolis-St Paul and Columbus, Ohio in 2000.
- Marc Overmars, Emmanuel Petit and Gilles Grimandi are all signed by Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal.
- The Philadelphia Phillies sign a 25 year agreement with Citizen's Bank giving them the naming rights to their stadium.
- Elroy Hirsch in Wausau, Wisconsin
- David Pauley in Colorado
- Dan Jansen, Speed skater.
- Venus Williams, Tennis player