• 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.

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