2009: Major League Baseball suspends Manny Ramirez for 50 games after the Los Angeles Dodgers slugger tests positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance. The suspension costs Ramirez approximately $7.7 million in salary.
2009: The Cleveland Indians allow the Boston Red Sox to score 12 runs in an inning before recording a single out, breaking an American League record and tying the major league record. The Red Sox win the game 13-3.
1995: The New York Knicks allow Reggie Miller of the Indiana Pacers to score eight points in the last 16 seconds of a second-round NBA playoff game, enabling the Pacers to emerge with a miracle 107-105 victory.
1994: The Denver Nuggets become the first eighth-seeded team to win an NBA playoff series, dispatching the No. 1-seeded Seattle Supersonics with a 98-94 overtime victory. The Supersonics allowed the Nuggets to come back from a 0-2 deficit in the best-of-five series.
1965: The Topdalsfjord (a 423-foot Norweigian freighter loaded with 1,800 tons of cargo), plows into the Cedarville (a 588-foot limestone carrier) in heavy fog on Lake Huron, leaving the larger boat mortally wounded. Ten of the thirty-five crewmen aboard the Cedarville perish.
1957: Gil McDougald of the New York Yankees scorches a line drive that strikes Cleveland Indians pitcher Herb Score in the right eye, breaking the hard-throwing left-hander’s nose and a number of bones in his face. In the two seasons prior to the accident, Score compiled a record of 36-19, struck out 508 batters and was twice named to the All-Star team. Afterwards, he alters his pitching motion, hoping to reduce his vulnerability to balls hit back to the mound. Score fails to win more than nine games in any subsequent season and retires in 1962 with a 55-46 career record.
558: The dome of the church of St. Sophia in Constantinople collapses.