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On this day: April 4

Published On: Apr 02 2013 05:57:21 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 04 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

A Kansas town elects the first woman mayor in the U.S., The Beatles make history in dominating the charts, a civil rights leader is gunned down, and the World Trade Center is dedicated, all on this day.

OTD April 4 - Tris Speaker
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Library of Congress

1888: Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Tris Speaker, considered one of the best offensive and defensive center fielders in MLB history, is born in Hubbard, Texas. Speaker led the Boston Red Sox to two World Series championships in 1912 and 1915 and led the Cleveland Indians to their first World Series title in 1920 as a player-manager. He compiled a career batting average of .345, good for sixth all-time, and 3,514 hits, ranking him fifth all-time. He holds the career record for doubles at 792 and his career records for assists, double plays and unassisted double plays by an outfielder still stand.

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