• 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.

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