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By: Team Red Zone 4 months ago

Today in Sports History: August 17th

  • 1869 – First international boat race (Thames River) (Oxford beats Harvard).
  • 1894 – Philadelphia Phillies get 36 hits, Sam Thompson hits for cycle beating Louisville 29-4.
  • 1904 – Boston Red Sox’ pitcher Jesse Tannehell no-hits Chicago White Sox, 6-0.
  • 1918 – Samuel Riddle buys Man O’ War race horse for $5,000.
  • 1920 – Ray Chapman, hit in the head by New York Yankees’ Carl Mays’ pitch, dies.
  • 1933 – Lou Gehrig breaks record by playing in his 1,308th straight baseball game.
  • 1938 – Henry Armstrong won his third concurrent boxing championship.
  • 1944 – New York Yankees’ Johnny Lindell ties record with four consecutive doubles in a game.
  • 1948 – Philadelphia Phillies commit 8 errors in a game.
  • 1963 – Jim Hickman becomes the first New York Mets player to hit for the cycle.
  • 1963 – Baltimore Orioles’ Dick Hall retires his 28th consecutive player in relief.
  • 1969 – New York Jets beat New York Giants 37-14 in their first meeting (pre season).
  • 1972 – Philadelphia Phillies’ Steve Carlton wins his 15th straight game.
  • 1973 – At Shea Stadium, 42-year old New York Mets’ outfielder, Willie Mays, hits his 660th and final home run of his career.

  • 1984 – Pete Rose returns to Cincinnati Reds as player-manager (gets two hits).
  • 1985 – Dave Kingman hits his 400th home run.
  • 1988 – Butch Reynolds of USA sets the 400m record (43.29) in Zurich, Switzerland.
  • 1999 – Baltimore Orioles’ pitcher Jesse Orosco sets a major league mark pitching in his 1,072nd game.
  • 2008 – Michael Phelps wins his record eighth gold medal of the Beijing Games, in the 4×100 medley relay, in record time of 3:29.34. Phelps now holds the record for most gold medals at an Olympics event.

Born on August 17th

  • 1926 – Birth of Haakon Barfod in Norway; yachting (Olympic-gold-1948, 1952).
  • 1940 – Birth of Thomas Williams; American ice hockey player (Olympic-gold-1960).
  • 1941 – Birth of Boog Powell; baseball player (American League Most Valuable Player 1970).
  • 1943 – Birth of Yukio Kasaya in Japan; 70m ski jumper (Olympic-gold-1972).
  • 1951 – Birth of Alain Mimoun in France; marathon runner (Olympic-gold-1956).
  • 1951 – Birth of Alan Minter in England; light-middleweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1972).

Died on August 17th

  • 1920 – Ray Chapman, hit in the head by New York Yankees’ Carl Mays’ pitch, dies.
  • 2007 – Death of Eddie Griffin, American basketball player (born 1982).

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