This Day in Sports History: 8/9

  • 1925 – Bobby Veach pinch hits for Babe Ruth. It’s the only time in Ruth’s career that he is pinch hit for.

  • 1936 – Jesse Owens wins his fourth gold medal at the Olympics in Berlin. He’s the first American to win four golds in a single Olympics.

  • 1946 – For the first time in MLB history, all scheduled games take place at night.

  • 1971 – Satchel Paige is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

  • 1975 – The Oilers beat the Saints 13-7 in the first NFL game at the Louisiana Superdome.

  • 1976 – Pirates pitcher John Candelaria throws a no-hitter against the Dodgers.

  • 1988 – The Cubs beat the Mets 6-4 in the first official night game at Wrigley Field.

  • 1988 – The Edmonton Oilers trade Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings, along with Mike Krushelnyski and Marty McSorley, for Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, three first round picks and $15 million.

  • 1999 – Five grand slams are hit in MLB games, the most in one day in the history of the sport.

  • 2002 – Barry Bonds hits his 600th career home run.

  • 2012 – Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt becomes the first person to win both the 100m and 200m sprints in back to back Olympics.

  • 2012 – The US women’s soccer team wins the gold medal, defeating Japan 2-1.

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