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AUTO RACING September 26, 2008 Hollywood actor and race car driver Paul Newman dies at the age of 83. Newman became a racing enthusiast in 1969 after training to become a race car driver for a film part. He entered his first professional competition in 1972 and had his best career finish at the 24 Hours Le Mans in 1979 where he placed 2nd.
BOXING September 19, 1998 Evander Holyfield defeats Vaughn Bean at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta to retain the WBA and IBF heavyweight titles. Billed as “The Power And The Glory” fight, the clash went the full 12 rounds with Holyfield winning by unanimous decision. The heavyweight champ retired in 2011 with a record of 44-10-2-1.
OLYMPICS September 25, 1988 Florence Griffith Joyner claims the 100 meter sprint at the Seoul Olympics, running a record 10.54 seconds. She ended up winning 3 gold medals at the Games- 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay. Considered the fastest woman in history, her 100m and 200m records still stand today. Joyner died unexpectedly from a seizure in 1998.
BASEBALL September 25, 1978 A federal judge in NY rules that the NY Yankees and MLB cannot prohibit female reporters from entering the teams’ locker rooms. The landmark decision was made on the grounds that it gave their male counterparts an unfair advantage and therefore, violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.