Today in Sports History: August 11

By Jonah Sharf On August 11, 1984, the late “Sweet Pea” Pernell Whitaker won the lightweight gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics. Whitaker went on to win world championships in four different weight classes in his professional career. From 1993 to 1997, The Ring magazine ranked him as the best active pound for pound…

Today in Sports History: August 10

By Jonah Sharf On August 10, 1981, Pete Rose, then of the Philadelphia Phillies, hit his 3,631st hit of his baseball career, breaking Stan “the Man” Musial’s record for most hits by a National Leaguer. To make it even sweeter, Rose earned the record against the St. Louis Cardinals, the team Musial played his entire…

Today in Sports History: August 9

By Jonah Sharf On August 9, 2002, Barry Bonds reached the 600 home run plateau, less than a year and a half after hitting his 500th. He would hit it against Kip Wells of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the team he started his career with. Bonds would bat .370 in 2002 with 46 home runs, along…

Today in Sports History: August 3

By Jonah Sharf On August 3, 1949, the Basketball Association of America (BAA) and the National Basketball League (NBL) merged to form the National Basketball Association (NBA). The BAA formed in 1946, nine years after the NBL, to challenge the monopoly that the NBL had created in professional basketball. After three years, the leagues decided…