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THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: 9/3

1904 – For the first, an only, time in Olympic history there is a throw off in the discus final after Americans Martin Sheridan and Ralph Rose tie with a throw of 128’ 10 ½”. Sheridan wins the throw off with 127’ 10 ¼”.  

1921 – The US defeats Japan in five straight matches to win the Davis Cup.

1928 – Ty Cobb records his final career hit, giving him 4,189 for his career.

1932 – Athletics first baseman Jimmie Foxx becomes just the third player in MLB history, behind Hack Wilson and Babe Ruth, to hit 50 homers in a season.

1935 – The first automobile to exceed 300mph is driven by Malcom Campbell.

1938 – The site of the 1940 Olympics is changed from Tokyo, Japan to Helsinki, Finland due to the second Sino-Japanese War. The games would eventually be canceled due to World War II.

1957 – Warren Spahn sets a National League record for a left-hander, notching his 41st shut out. 

1965 – As a precursor to their move to Anaheim, the Los Angeles Angels change their name to the California Angels.

1966 – Bobby Orr signs his first NHL contact with the Boston Bruins, for 2 years for a record $70,000 dollars, along with a signing bonus. 

1972 – Hank Aaron gets his 6,135th total base, breaking the previous record held by Stan Musial.

1974 – Future Hall of Famer, and Indiana native, Oscar Robertson retires from the NBA.

1989 – Chris Evert defeats Monica Seles for her 101st, and final, US Open singles win.

1990 – White Sox closer Bobby Thigpen sets the record for saves in a season by recording his 47th save. He would end the year with 57 of them.

1994 – University of Florida quarterback Terry Dean ties an NCAA record with seven touchdown passes in the first half of a 70-21 win over New Mexico State.

1995 – Both the Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars play in their first regular season games. The Panthers fall to Atlanta 23-20 in overtime while Jacksonville loses to the Houston Oilers 10-3.

2007 – Pedro Martinez becomes the 15th pitcher in MLB history to record 3,000 career strikeouts.

2008 – The new Oklahoma City franchise decides on a name, the “Thunder.”

2022 – Serena Williams plays in her final match at the US Open.

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