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This Day in Sports History: August 18

This Day in Sports History: August 18

This Day in Sports History: August 18

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 18 is a day in which a beaning cut short a promising baseball career and A-Rod extended his career grand slam record.

1923: The first Women's Amateur Athletic Association (WAAA) Championships were held at the Oxo Sports Ground in London.

1967: California Angels pitcher Jack Hamilton hit Boston Red Sox right fielder Tony Conigliaro in the left cheekbone with a pitch, shattering it and his eye socket, as well as detaching his retina. The injury knocked Conigliaro out of baseball for a year and a half, and he returned and was named Comeback Player of the Year in 1969. However, vision problems ultimately forced him to fully retire in 1975.

1975: Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Mike Schmidt hit two home runs in a 6-3 win over the Atlanta Braves at Atlanta Stadium.

1996: Dale Jarett won the GM Goodwrench Dealer 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan.

2013: Joey Logano took the pole position and won the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

2015: Alex Rodriguez hit his 25th grand slam, extending his career record as the New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 8-4 at Yankee Stadium.

— 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.