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THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: 8/18

1931 – Lou Gehrig plays in his 1,000th consecutive game.

1964 – South Africa is banned from the Olympic Games due to apartheid policies.

1965 – Hank Aaron hits a home run, but it is disallowed due to the fact that he was out of the batter’s box.

1965 – Brooks Robinson ties an MLB record by hitting into his third career triple play.

1973 – Hank Aaron sets an MLB record by hitting his 1,378th career extra base hit, passing Stan Musial for the most all-time.

1982 – The longest game ever played at Wrigley Field comes to an end with the Dodgers beating the Cubs 2-1 in 22 innings. The game began on August 17.

1987 – Legendary NFL running back Earl Campbell announces his retirement.

2004 – The US women’s 4×200 freestyle relay team break the world record time, which was set back in 1987.

2016 – Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt wins the gold in the 200 meter dash for the third straight Olympics.

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