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- Babe Ruth became the second American Leaguer to hit a home run in four consecutive games.
- 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.
- The NHL officially approved expansion to 30 teams by the year 2000 with the announcement of new teams in Atlanta, Columbus, Minnesota and Nashville.
- Former boxing champion Muhammad Ali received a humanitarian award at the second annual BET awards.
- Milwaukee Brewers' prospects Rickie Weeks and Prince Fielder each hit their first major league home runs in an Interleague game against the Minnesota Twins. Fielder's is a pinch-hit shot that was the eventual game-winner.
- Former National Hockey League goaltender Greg Millen born in Toronto, Ontario.