Here's a look back at sports happenings on this date in history, Sept. 24.
1953 — Rocky Marciano knocks out Rolando La Starza in the 11th round at the Polo Grounds in New York to retain his world heavyweight title.
Challenger Roland Lastarza uses his left arm to ward off a long right thrown by heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano in seventh round of world title bout at New York’s Polo Grounds, Sept. 24, 1953. The rough, tough Marciano stopped the game Lastarza on a T.K.O. in the 11th round of the 15-round match. (AP Photo/Marty Zimmerman)
1974 — Detroit’s Al Kaline doubles down the right-field line off Dave McNally of Baltimore in the fourth inning for his 3,000th career hit.
Al Kaline of the Detroit Tigers, left, shows his teammate Aurelio Rodriguez the bat and ball he used to hit his 3,000 hit in major league baseball in Baltimore, Sept. 24, 1974. Kaline hit a double in game, against the Baltimore Orioles to become the 12th player ever to collect 3,000 hits. Baltimore won the game 5 to 4. (AP Photo/William A. Smith)
1995 — Europe rallies to upset the United States and win the Ryder Cup, 14 1/2 to 13 1/2 at Oak Hill in Rochester, N.Y. Europe takes seven singles matches to win its first Ryder Cup since 1989.
In this Sept. 24, 1995, file photo, Wales' Ian Woosnam, left, and England's Sam Torrance celebrate after Europe defeated the U.S. in the final round of the Ryder Cup golf competition at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. (AP Photo/ Elise Amendola, File)
2001 — Green Bay’s 37-0 shutout of Washington ends the Redskins’ NFL record of scoring in 231 consecutive road games.
Green Bay Packers' receiver Bill Schroeder breaks away from Washington Redskins' cornerback Champ Bailey for a touchdown in the third quarter Monday, Sept. 24, 2001, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
2004 — The Atlanta Braves clinch their 13th consecutive division title, winning the NL East with an 8-7 victory over the Florida Marlins. The Braves’ record streak of division championships began with the 1991 NL West title and excludes the 1994 strike-shortened season.
Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones, center, without hat, celebrates with teammates after the Braves clinched their 13th straight division title with an 8-7 win over the Florida Marlins on Friday, Sept. 24, 2004, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
2006 — The Europeans turn the Ryder Cup into another rout, winning 18 1/2-9 1/2 and making history as the first European team to win three straight times.
Ian Woosnam, the European Ryder Cup team captain, front left, holds the trophy as he leads his team from the stage with his US counterpart Tom Lehman after his team beat the United States to win the 2006 Ryder Cup at the K Club golf course, Straffan, Ireland, Sunday Sept. 24, 2006. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
2006 — Brett Favre throws three TD passes in Green Bay’s 31-24 at Detroit, giving him 402 for his career. He and Dan Marino are the only players with 400 or more.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre throws during the first quarter of a football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006. Favre joined elite company with the 400th touchdown pass of his career, then added two more scores to lead the Packers to their first win of the season, 31-24 over the Lions. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
2006 — Washington’s Mark Brunell breaks the NFL record for most consecutive passes completed in a single game when he connects on his first 22 throws in a 31-15 win over the Houston Texans.
Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell looks to pass against the Houston Texans during the second quarter of their NFL football game in Houston in this Sept. 24, 2006 file photo. (AP Photo/Dave Einsel, File)
2011 — Dwayne De Rosario scores the quickest hat trick in MLS history, leading D.C. United to a 4-1 victory over Real Salt Lake. De Rosario scores on a header in the 22nd minute, gets his second in the 27th and converts a free kick in the 31st.
D.C. United's Dwayne De Rosario (7) celebrates with teammates Clyde Simms (19) and Marc Burch, right, after scoring a goal on a free kick during the first half of an MLS soccer game against Real Salt Lake, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
2012 — Russell Wilson throws a disputed 24-yard touchdown to Golden Tate on the final play, and the Seattle Seahawks rally to beat the Green Bay Packers 14-12. Wilson scrambled from the pocket and threw to the corner of the end zone as the clock expired. Tate shoved Green Bay’s Sam Shields out of the way, then wrestled with M.D. Jennings for possession. It’s called a touchdown, and after a long review the ruling stands.
Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson and Green Bay Packers Clay Matthews (52) watch as an official makes a call during the game against the Seattle Seahawks in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
2013 — Skipper Jimmy Spithill and defending champion Oracle Team USA extend their winning streak to seven to force a winner-take-all America’s Cup finale against Emirates Team New Zealand.
The crew on Oracle Team USA celebrates after crossing the finish line during the 18th race of the America's Cup sailing event against Emirates Team New Zealand, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, in San Francisco. Oracle Team USA won races 17 and 18 to pull even with Emirates Team New Zealand. At left is skipper Jimmy Spithill. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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