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This Day in Sports History: August 11

This Day in Sports History: August 11

This Day in Sports History: August 11

The history of sports is both vast and rich, thanks to the existence of so many different ones and the longevity associated with them. With so much history to cull through, Athlon Sports wanted to offer the opportunity to look back and see what memorable things happened or milestones were reached on a specific date.

With that in mind, August 11 is a day in which baseball's 500 home run club was born and played its final games of a great season.

1929: Babe Ruth become the first player to hit 500 home runs in his career, but the New York Yankees still lost to the Cleveland Indians 6-5 at League Park.

1974: Richard Petty won the Talladega 500 at the Alabama International Motor Speedway.

1984: Pernell Whitaker won the gold medal in the lightweight division with a second-round knockout of Luis Ortiz at the Memorial Sports Arena at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

1991: John Daly won the PGA Championship by three strokes over Bruce Lietzke at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana. It was the first of Daly's two major titles.

1994: MLB held its final day of games, as a players' strike the next day would lead to the cancellation of the remainder of the 1994 season.

2011: Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander struck out 10 batters in a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports' Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.