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This Day in Sports History: August 19

This Day in Sports History: August 19

This Day in Sports History: August 19

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 19 is a day in which MLB's greatest hitter recorded his 3,000th hit and the sport's shortest player made his only appearance.

1909: The first car races were held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Driver Wilfred Bourque and his riding mechanic, Harry Holcomb, were killed in a crash during one of them.

1921: Detroit Tigers center fielder Ty Cobb got his 3,000th hit off of Boston Red Sox pitcher Elmer Myers in a 4-1 loss at Fenway Park.

1934: 11-year-old Bob Turner of Muncie, Ind., won the first All-American Soap Box Derby Race in Dayton, Ohio.

1951: St. Louis Browns owner Bill Veeck sent 3-foot-7 Eddie Gaedel in to pinch-hit during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Sportsman's Park. Pitcher Bob Cain could not stop laughing and walked Gaedel, who was replaced by pinch-runner Jim Delsing after his sole at-bat. The move did not produce a win, as the Browns lost 6-2. Gaedel is by far the shortest player to ever appear in an MLB game.

1975: Mark Donohue died of a cerebral hemorrhage a day after a wreck during a practice session for the Austrian Grand Prix in Graz. He was 38.

1995: Mike Tyson returned to boxing after serving nearly three years of a six-year prison sentence for rape, knocking down Peter McNeeley twice in 89 seconds before his manager stopped the fight at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Arena.

— 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.