In 1973: In a tennis exhibition match at Houstons Astrodome, Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in straight sets. Many viewed it as a milestone in womens sports, despite King being the top-ranked womens player and Riggs being 55 years old. Riggs defeated Margaret Court, another highly ranked player, earlier in the year.
In 1927: Babe Ruth of the Yankees hit his 60th homerun of the season. The Babe broke his own record of 59, set in 1921. His record would stand until 1961, when Roger Maris hit 61. Mariss benchmark stood until the late 1990s, when several players eclipsed 61 numerous times.
In 1987: In a game against the Giants, Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears broke Jim Browns record with his 107th career rushing touchdown. Sweetness broke the record in 12 years and retired following the 1987 season. Emmitt Smith of the Cowboys now holds the record with 164. Payton was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993 and sadly died in 1999.