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THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: 8/26

1930 – Hack Wilson hits his 44th homer of the season, setting a new National League record.

1938 – The Montreal Maroons are dropped from the NHL due to financial struggles.

1947 – Dan Bankhead, the first African-American pitcher in MLB history, homers in his first at bat.

1962 – Minnesota Twins pitcher Jack Kralick throws a no-hitter against the Kansas City A’s.

1971 – Boston Bruins defenseman Bobby Orr signs a five year, one million dollar contract, which is the first million dollar contract in NHL history.

1972 – The Summer Olympics open in Berlin, Germany.

1985 – Baltimore Orioles slugger Eddie Murray drives in nine runs in a game against the Angels.

1991 – Kansas City Royals pitcher Bret Saberhagen throws a no-hitter against the White Sox.

 

2004 – The US women’s soccer team wins the gold medal at the Olympics in Athens by beating Brazil 2-1.

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