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August 2018

This Day in Sports History: 8/16

  • 1743 – Jack Broughton introduces the earliest rules of boxing in England.

  • 1920 – Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians is hit in the head by a pitch and dies the next day. He’s the only fatality in MLB history.

  • 1948 – Baseball legend Babe Ruth passes away after battling throat cancer. He is only 53 years old.

  • 1954 – Sports Illustrated begins publishing. Braves third baseman Eddie Mathews is on the cover of the first issue.

  • 1965 – The Miami Dolphins become the first expansion franchise in AFL history.

  • 1981 – New Zealand defeats Fiji 13-0 in the highest scoring match in the history of the World Cup.

  • 1997 – The Blackhawks trade star forward Jeremy Roenick to the Coyotes for Alexei Zhamnov, Craig Mills and a first round draft pick.

  • 1998 – Jeff Gordon wins the Pepsi 400, making him just the seventh driver in NASCAR history to win four straight races.

  • 2006 – Bobby Abreu ties an MLB record by drawing 100 walks in a season for the eighth consecutive year.

  • 2008 – Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt sets a world record in the 100 meter dash at the Beijing Olympics, finishing in 9.69 seconds.

  • 2009 – Derek Jeter picks up career hit #2,674, the most ever by a shortstop.

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: 8/7

  • 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.

This Day in Sports History: 8/2

  • 1907 – Walter Johnson makes his MLB debut.

  • 1921 – Eight White Sox players are acquitted of throwing the 1919 World Series.

  • 1938 – Bright yellow baseball are used in a game between the Dodgers and the Cardinals in the hopes that they would be easier to see.

  • 1959 – Willie McCovey hits his first career home run. He would go on to hit 521 in his career.

  • 1959 – Detroit pitcher Jim Bunning strikes out three Red Sox pitchers on nine pitches in an inning. He’s the first pitcher since Lefty Grove in 1928 to do that.

  • 1967 – The Saints play in their first ever game, a 77-16 loss in the pre-season to the Rams.

  • 1973 – George Brett gets his first career hit.

  • 1979 – Yankees catcher, and team captain, Thurman Munson dies when a plane he’s piloting crashes near Canton, Ohio.

  • 1982 – Rickey Henderson, then with the A’s, steals his 100th base of the season.

  • 1987 – Drive Michael Andretti runs the fastest Indy car race in history, averaging 171.49 miles per hour at the Marlboro 500 at the Michigan International Speedway.

  • 1987 – Eric Davis of the Reds becomes the 7th player in MLB history to have a 30 homer 30 steal season.

  • 1992 – American Jackie Joyner-Kersee wins her second consecutive gold medal in the heptathlon at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

  • 1992 – Rollie Fingers and Tom Seaver are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

  • 2012 – American swimmer Michael Phelps wins his 16th career gold medal after winning the 200 meter individual medley. He’s the first male swimmer to win the same even in three consecutive Olympics.

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.

1608, 2018

This Day in Sports History: 8/16

  • 1743 – Jack Broughton introduces the earliest rules of boxing in England.

  • 1920 – Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians is hit in the head by a pitch and dies the next day. He’s the only fatality in MLB history.

  • 1948 – Baseball legend Babe Ruth passes away after battling throat cancer. He is only 53 years old.

  • 1954 – Sports Illustrated begins publishing. Braves third baseman Eddie Mathews is on the cover of the first issue.

  • 1965 – The Miami Dolphins become the first expansion franchise in AFL history.

  • 1981 – New Zealand defeats Fiji 13-0 in the highest scoring match in the history of the World Cup.

  • 1997 – The Blackhawks trade star forward Jeremy Roenick to the Coyotes for Alexei Zhamnov, Craig Mills and a first round draft pick.

  • 1998 – Jeff Gordon wins the Pepsi 400, making him just the seventh driver in NASCAR history to win four straight races.

  • 2006 – Bobby Abreu ties an MLB record by drawing 100 walks in a season for the eighth consecutive year.

  • 2008 – Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt sets a world record in the 100 meter dash at the Beijing Olympics, finishing in 9.69 seconds.

  • 2009 – Derek Jeter picks up career hit #2,674, the most ever by a shortstop.

1008, 2018

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.

708, 2018

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, 2018

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.

208, 2018

This Day in Sports History: 8/2

  • 1907 – Walter Johnson makes his MLB debut.

  • 1921 – Eight White Sox players are acquitted of throwing the 1919 World Series.

  • 1938 – Bright yellow baseball are used in a game between the Dodgers and the Cardinals in the hopes that they would be easier to see.

  • 1959 – Willie McCovey hits his first career home run. He would go on to hit 521 in his career.

  • 1959 – Detroit pitcher Jim Bunning strikes out three Red Sox pitchers on nine pitches in an inning. He’s the first pitcher since Lefty Grove in 1928 to do that.

  • 1967 – The Saints play in their first ever game, a 77-16 loss in the pre-season to the Rams.

  • 1973 – George Brett gets his first career hit.

  • 1979 – Yankees catcher, and team captain, Thurman Munson dies when a plane he’s piloting crashes near Canton, Ohio.

  • 1982 – Rickey Henderson, then with the A’s, steals his 100th base of the season.

  • 1987 – Drive Michael Andretti runs the fastest Indy car race in history, averaging 171.49 miles per hour at the Marlboro 500 at the Michigan International Speedway.

  • 1987 – Eric Davis of the Reds becomes the 7th player in MLB history to have a 30 homer 30 steal season.

  • 1992 – American Jackie Joyner-Kersee wins her second consecutive gold medal in the heptathlon at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

  • 1992 – Rollie Fingers and Tom Seaver are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

  • 2012 – American swimmer Michael Phelps wins his 16th career gold medal after winning the 200 meter individual medley. He’s the first male swimmer to win the same even in three consecutive Olympics.

108, 2018

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.