This Day in Sports History 2017-08-07T11:37:47+00:00

August 2017

This Day in Sports History: 8/11

  • 1919 – The Green Back Packers are founded by George Calhoun & Curly Lambeau. They are named after the Indian Packing Company.

  • 1929 – Babe Ruth becomes the first player in MLB history to hit 500 career home runs.

  • 1951 – WCBS in New York airs the first color broadcast of a baseball game.

  • 1961 – Warren Spahn gets career win #300.

  • 1970 – Phillies pitcher Jim Bunning defeats the Astros to become the first pitcher to win 100 games in both the AL & NL since Cy Young.

  • 1980 – Reggie Jackson, then with the Yankees, hits career home run #400.

  • 1984 – The Reds retire Johnny Bench’s jersey (#5).

  • 1991 – In just his second career start, White Sox rookie Wilson Alvarez throws a no-hitter against the Orioles. He’s the first rookie since 1983 to throw one.

  • 1993 – Roger Clemens gets his 2,000th career strikeout.

  • 2003 – Kerry Wood becomes the youngest pitcher to record 1,000 career strikeouts. It took him just 134 games.

  • 2015 – For the first time in MLB history, all 15 home teams won their games.

  • 2016 – American gymnast Simone Biles wins the all-around gold medal at the Olympics in Rio.

This Day in Sports History: 8/10

  • 1929 – Cardinals pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander wins the 373rd and final game of his career.

  • 1934 – Babe Ruth announces that the 1934 season is his final one as a full time player.

  • 1971 – Harmon Killebrew becomes the 10th player in MLB history to hit 500 career home runs.

  • 1973 – For the first time in his career, Arnold Palmer misses a cut and is not eligible to play in the final two rounds of the PGA Championship.

  • 1981 – Pete Rose gets his 3,631st career hit, passing Stan Musial for the most in NL history.

  • 1987 – Oakland A’s rookie Mark McGwire hits his 38th home run of the year, tying the MLB record for most home runs in a rookie season.

  • 1998 – Albert Belle, then with the White Sox, picks up his 100th RBI of the year, making him just the fourth player in MLB history to have seven consecutive 30 homer 100 RBI seasons.

  • 2002 – Barry Bonds is intentionally walked for the 46th time on the season, setting a new MLB record.

  • 2003 – Rafael Furcal of the Braves records the 12th unassisted triple play in MLB history.

  • 2004 – Barry Bonds becomes the first player in MLB history to have 30 or more homers in 13 consecutive seasons.

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.

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.

     

This Day in Sports History: 8/7

  • 1907 – Walter Johnson gets his first career win. Would go on to win 416 games over the course of his career.

  • 1956 – The Boston Red Sox fine Ted Williams $5,000 for spitting at fans.

  • 1984 – Japans beats the United States 6-3 to win the first ever Olympic gold medal in baseball.

  • 1987 – The Pittsburgh Pirates retire Bill Mazeroski’s jersey (#9).

 

  • 1999 – Wade Boggs, then playing for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, becomes the 23rd player in MLB history to reach 3,000 career hits. He’s the first player to have his 3,000th hit be a home run.

  • 2004 – Greg Maddux becomes the 22nd pitcher in MLB history to win 300 career games.

  • 2007 – Barry Bonds hits career home run #756, passing Hank Aaron for the most in baseball history.

  • 2010 – Jerry Rice & Emmitt Smith are among the Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees.

 

This Day in Sports History: 8/3

  • 1921 – MLB commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis bans eight members of the 1919 White Sox from baseball for life for their roles in throwing the World Series.

  • 1923 – MLB cancels all games due to the death of President Warren G. Harding.

  • 1936 – Jesse Owens wins the 100 meter dash, the first of his four gold medals.

  • 1941 – Joe DiMaggio’s streak of 74 straight games of reaching base comes to an end.

  • 1949 – The Basketball Association of America and National Basketball League merge to form the NBA.

  • 1960 – The Cleveland Indians trade manager Joe Gordon to Detroit for manager Jimmy Dykes.

  • 1980 – Al Kaline and Duke Snider are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

  • 1984 – Mary Lou Retton becomes the first US woman to win the Olympic gold medal for the gymnastics all-around.

  • 1987 – Minnesota pitcher Joe Niekro is suspended 10 games after he is caught with a nail file on the mound.

  • 1989 – The Reds set a record by having 20 batters come to the plate in one inning as they recorded 14 runs on 16 hits.

  • 1997 – Phil Niekro, Nellie Fox & Tommy Lasorda are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

  • 2004 – Albert Pujols becomes the first player in MLB history to have 30 or more home runs in each of his first four seasons in the majors.

1108, 2017

This Day in Sports History: 8/11

  • 1919 – The Green Back Packers are founded by George Calhoun & Curly Lambeau. They are named after the Indian Packing Company.

  • 1929 – Babe Ruth becomes the first player in MLB history to hit 500 career home runs.

  • 1951 – WCBS in New York airs the first color broadcast of a baseball game.

  • 1961 – Warren Spahn gets career win #300.

  • 1970 – Phillies pitcher Jim Bunning defeats the Astros to become the first pitcher to win 100 games in both the AL & NL since Cy Young.

  • 1980 – Reggie Jackson, then with the Yankees, hits career home run #400.

  • 1984 – The Reds retire Johnny Bench’s jersey (#5).

  • 1991 – In just his second career start, White Sox rookie Wilson Alvarez throws a no-hitter against the Orioles. He’s the first rookie since 1983 to throw one.

  • 1993 – Roger Clemens gets his 2,000th career strikeout.

  • 2003 – Kerry Wood becomes the youngest pitcher to record 1,000 career strikeouts. It took him just 134 games.

  • 2015 – For the first time in MLB history, all 15 home teams won their games.

  • 2016 – American gymnast Simone Biles wins the all-around gold medal at the Olympics in Rio.

1008, 2017

This Day in Sports History: 8/10

  • 1929 – Cardinals pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander wins the 373rd and final game of his career.

  • 1934 – Babe Ruth announces that the 1934 season is his final one as a full time player.

  • 1971 – Harmon Killebrew becomes the 10th player in MLB history to hit 500 career home runs.

  • 1973 – For the first time in his career, Arnold Palmer misses a cut and is not eligible to play in the final two rounds of the PGA Championship.

  • 1981 – Pete Rose gets his 3,631st career hit, passing Stan Musial for the most in NL history.

  • 1987 – Oakland A’s rookie Mark McGwire hits his 38th home run of the year, tying the MLB record for most home runs in a rookie season.

  • 1998 – Albert Belle, then with the White Sox, picks up his 100th RBI of the year, making him just the fourth player in MLB history to have seven consecutive 30 homer 100 RBI seasons.

  • 2002 – Barry Bonds is intentionally walked for the 46th time on the season, setting a new MLB record.

  • 2003 – Rafael Furcal of the Braves records the 12th unassisted triple play in MLB history.

  • 2004 – Barry Bonds becomes the first player in MLB history to have 30 or more homers in 13 consecutive seasons.

908, 2017

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.

808, 2017

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.

     

708, 2017

This Day in Sports History: 8/7

  • 1907 – Walter Johnson gets his first career win. Would go on to win 416 games over the course of his career.

  • 1956 – The Boston Red Sox fine Ted Williams $5,000 for spitting at fans.

  • 1984 – Japans beats the United States 6-3 to win the first ever Olympic gold medal in baseball.

  • 1987 – The Pittsburgh Pirates retire Bill Mazeroski’s jersey (#9).

 

  • 1999 – Wade Boggs, then playing for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, becomes the 23rd player in MLB history to reach 3,000 career hits. He’s the first player to have his 3,000th hit be a home run.

  • 2004 – Greg Maddux becomes the 22nd pitcher in MLB history to win 300 career games.

  • 2007 – Barry Bonds hits career home run #756, passing Hank Aaron for the most in baseball history.

  • 2010 – Jerry Rice & Emmitt Smith are among the Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees.

 

308, 2017

This Day in Sports History: 8/3

  • 1921 – MLB commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis bans eight members of the 1919 White Sox from baseball for life for their roles in throwing the World Series.

  • 1923 – MLB cancels all games due to the death of President Warren G. Harding.

  • 1936 – Jesse Owens wins the 100 meter dash, the first of his four gold medals.

  • 1941 – Joe DiMaggio’s streak of 74 straight games of reaching base comes to an end.

  • 1949 – The Basketball Association of America and National Basketball League merge to form the NBA.

  • 1960 – The Cleveland Indians trade manager Joe Gordon to Detroit for manager Jimmy Dykes.

  • 1980 – Al Kaline and Duke Snider are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

  • 1984 – Mary Lou Retton becomes the first US woman to win the Olympic gold medal for the gymnastics all-around.

  • 1987 – Minnesota pitcher Joe Niekro is suspended 10 games after he is caught with a nail file on the mound.

  • 1989 – The Reds set a record by having 20 batters come to the plate in one inning as they recorded 14 runs on 16 hits.

  • 1997 – Phil Niekro, Nellie Fox & Tommy Lasorda are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

  • 2004 – Albert Pujols becomes the first player in MLB history to have 30 or more home runs in each of his first four seasons in the majors.