2003: Former Heisman trophy winner Eric Crouch quits the NFL for the second time, walking out on the Green Bay Packers on the eve of training camp after realizing he had little chance to make the team’s roster. A third-round draft choice of the St. Louis Rams in 2002, Crouch quit on the Rams during his rookie training camp when a position change from quarterback to wide receiver didn’t work out.
1970: San Diego Padres manager Preston Gomez pinch-hits for pitcher Clay Kirby in the bottom of the eighth inning of a home game against the New York Mets, in spite of the fact that Kirby is a mere three outs away from throwing the first no-hitter in franchise history. The pinch-hitter strikes out, reliever Jack Baldschun allows a hit to begin the ninth, and San Diego goes on to lose the game 3-0, dropping its record to 38-59.
1959: Elijah Jerry “Pumpsie” Green makes his debut with the Boston Red Sox, becoming the first African-American ever to play for the Red Sox, the last team in the major leagues to integrate.
1925: John T. Scopes is convicted of violating Tennessee state law for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution.