This Day in Sports History: 8/1

  • 1945 – Mel Ott of the New York Giants becomes the third player in MLB history to hit 500 career home runs.

  • 1963 – Arthur Ashe becomes the first African American tennis player to be named to the Davis Cup team.

  • 1976 – The Seattle Seahawks take the field for the first time, playing the San Francisco 49ers in a pre-season game.

  • 1982 – Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

  • 1986 – Twins pitcher Bert Blyleven becomes the 10th player in MLB history to record 3,000 career strikeouts.

  • 1987 – Mike Tyson defeats Tony Tucker to become the first boxer to hold the WBA, WBC and IBF heavyweight titles at the same time.

  • 1993 – Reggie Jackson is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

  • 1994 – Cal Ripken Jr. becomes the second player in MLB history to play in 2,000 consecutive games.

  • 1996 – American sprinter Michael Johnson sets a world record in the 200 meter at the Atlanta Olympics, winning in a time of 19.32 seconds. He’s also the first male sprinter to win both the 200 and 400 in the same Olympics.

  • 1996 – The US defeats China 2-1 to win the first ever Olympic gold medal in women’s soccer.

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