Today in Sports History: August 29

By Jonah Sharf On August 29, 1987, Nolan Ryan surpassed 200 strikeouts in a season for what was then a record 11th time—he would extend the record to 15 seasons by the end of his career. He would finish the season with 270 strikeouts. Despite finishing his career with MLB records of 5,714 career strikeouts,…

Today in Sports History: August 27

By Jonah Sharf On August 27, 2004, the USA basketball team lost to Argentina, 89-81, dropping USA basketball from gold medal contention for the first time since NBA players were allowed to participate in the Summer Olympics. Argentina was led by San Antonio Spurs legend Manu Ginobili with 29 points. They would go on to…

Today in Sports History: August 26

By Jonah Sharf On August 26, 1985, Baltimore Oriole Eddie Murray went 4-for-5 with 3 home runs and 9 RBI in a 17-3 victory over the California Angels. Murray is considered one of the greatest Orioles of all time, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003. Murray is also one of just…

Today in Sports History: August 25

By Jonah Sharf On August 25, 1986, Oakland Athletics call-up Mark McGwire hit his first career major league home run. He would only play 18 games on the season, putting up three home runs and nine RBI. He would play a full 151 game rookie season a year later and win Rookie of the Year,…

Today in Sports History: August 24

By Jonah Sharf On August 24, 2008, The USA basketball team—known as the Redeem Team—beat Spain 118-107 in the finals to bring the gold medal back to US basketball after a disappointing bronze medal showing in 2004. Team USA was led by Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, all of whom averaged 15 points…

Today in Sports: August 23

By Jonah Sharf On August 23, 2014, the Minnesota Timberwolves traded Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three-team trade involving the Philadelphia 76ers. The Cavaliers received the three-time All-Star forward, the Timberwolves received Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young, and the 76ers received Luc Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved, as well…

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…