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THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: 8/6

1890 – Legendary pitcher Cy Young makes his MLB debut, holding the Cubs to three hits in an 8-1 victory for the Cleveland Spiders.

1937 – MLB overturns a Yankees’ 7-6 win because of an umpire’s mistake. 

1949 – Future Hall of Famer Luke Appling appears in and MLB record 2,154th game at shortstop for the White Sox.

1953 – Ted Williams returns to the Red Sox after military service in Korea. He hits .407 during his abbreviated season.

1963 – The Philadelphia Nationals change their name to the Philadelphia 76ers.

1966 – Muhammad Ali knocks out Englishman Brian London to retain the World Heavyweight Title. 

1972 – Hank Aaron of the Braves hits career home runs #660 and #661, breaking Babe Ruth’s record for the most homers with one team.

1984 – Carl Lewis wins the long jump at the Los Angeles Olympics, his second of four gold medals at the games.

1988 – Jose Canseco becomes the 11th player in MLB history to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in a season.

1989 – The Boston Red Sox retire Carl Yastrezemski’s #8.

1999 – Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn picks up career hit #3,000.

2002 – Giants closer Robb Nen becomes the 16th pitcher in MLB history to record 300 career saves.

2006 – Tiger Woods become the youngest PGA player to record 50 tour wins with his victory at the Buick Open. 

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