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September 23
1926 Gene Tunney defeated Jack Dempsey to become the heavyweight champion of the world.
1957 The Braves clinched their first pennant in Milwaukee on Hank Aaron's 14th-inning home run.
1970 The Virginia Slims circuit was founded by nine female tennis players, led by Billie Jean King and Rosie Casals.
1978 Minnesota Twins and California Angels star outfielder Lyman Bostock was shot and killed.
1979 St. Louis' Lou Brock stole his 938th career base, which broke Billy Hamilton's old record.
1979 The Houston Oilers rallied from a 24-point deficit to beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 30-27 in overtime.
1988 Jose Canseco became baseball's first 40-40 man - 40 homers and 40 steals in one season.
1988 Matt's Scooter set the pacing world record by finishing a time trial in 1:48.2 at the Red Mile in Lexington.
1992 Manon Rheaume became the first woman to play in one of the four major sports league by playing goaltender in an exhibition game for the NHL expansion Tampa Bay Lightning.
1995 USC WR Keyshawn Johnson grabbed 13 passes for 171 yards and became the first player in NCAA history with 12 straight 100-yard receiving games, as the Trojans defeated Arizona State, 31-0.
1996 The Detroit Tigers tied a club record with their 104th loss, a record that had stood for 46 years.
1996 The Atlanta Braves beat the Montreal Expos, 3-1, in the final regular season game at Fulton County Stadium.
1997 The Atlanta Braves became the first team in MLB history to win six straight division championships, clinching the Eastern crown with a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Expos.
1998 Chicago Cubs' Sammy Sosa blasted two home runs to tie Mark McGwire with 65 home runs.
2001 Dallas's Emmitt Smith moved into second place in the all-time rushing list, passing Barry Sanders.
2002 The St. Louis Rams, last year's Super Bowl runner-up, started the season 0-3 after losing to the Tampa Bay Bucs, 26-14 on Monday Night Football.
2003 The Arena Football League announced an expansion team in Philadelphia nicknamed the Soul. Rock star Jon Bon Jovi was one of the owners of the team.
2006 Barry Bonds homered for the 734th time in his career, taking over sole possession of the National League record from Hank Aaron.
2009 NHL goaltender Olaf Kolzig announced his retirement.
2011 The NBA postponed training camps and canceled 43 preseason games because of the lockout between the league and its players.
2013 Former NBA player Shaquille O'Neal became a minority owner of the Sacramento Kings.
Birthdays Larry Mize (1958) - golfer; Jeff Cirillo (1969) - MLB player.
As of September 22, 2014, at 06:00 PM ET

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