This Day in Sports History: 8/8

  • 1900 – The first Davis Cup tennis tournament begins in Massachusetts.

  • 1903 – New York pitcher Joe McGinnity pitches two complete games in one day, both wins over the Dodgers.

  • 1931 – Washington Senators pitcher Bob Burke throws a no-hitter against the Red Sox.

  • 1961 – In a CFL vs. NFL exhibition matchup, the Hamilton Tigercats beat the Buffalo Bills 38-21.

  • 1976 – The White Sox wear shorts as part of their uniform in a game.

  • 1985 – MLB permits two new National League franchises to begin play in 1993. Those teams become the Rockies and Marlins.

  • 1988 – The Cubs and Phillies begin the first ever night game at Wrigley Field, but its rained out in the fourth inning.

  • 1990 – Carlton Fisk hits his 327th career home run, tying Johnny Bench for most by a catcher.

  • 1992 – With a 117-85 victory over Croatia, “The Dream Team” clinches the gold medal at the summer Olympics in Barcelona.

  • 1996 – Eddie Murray, then with the Orioles, hits his 496th career homer, putting him 15th on the all time list at the time.

  • 1997 – Seattle pitcher Randy Johnson strikes out 19 White Sox hitters, giving him his 2nd 19 strikeout game of the season – he’s the first pitcher to ever do it twice in a year.

  • 1998 – Paul Molitor steals his 500th career base, making him the sixth player in MLB history to have 500 steals and 3,000 hits.

  • 2004 – Barry Sanders and John Elway are inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  • 2005 – Wayne Gretzky is hired as head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes.


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