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This Day in Sports History: August 22

This Day in Sports History: August 22

This Day in Sports History: August 22

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 22 is a day in which the first pitcher crossed the 5,000-strikeout threshold and the biggest blowout of the modern MLB era took place.

1851: The first America's Cup took place around the Isle of Wright in the English Channel. A fleet from the New York Yacht Club won the race.

1946: Former heavyweight champion Primo Carnera made his professional wrestling debut, defeating Tommy O'Toole in California.

1965: San Francisco Giants pitcher Juan Marichal was up to bat with Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax on the mound when catcher John Roseboro's throw brushed against his ear. When Marichal turned around, Roseboro jumped up with his fists clenched, and Marichal hit him twice in the head with his bat, causing a cut that required 14 stitches and a 14-minute brawl. Marichal was suspended for eight games and fined $1,750.

1972: The International Olympic Committee voted to expel Rhodesia for its racist policies. It did not participate in an Olympic Games again until 1980, when its minority white government had been removed and the country had been renamed Zimbabwe.

1989: Texas Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan struck out Oakland Athletics left fielder Rickey Henderson for his 5,000th K in a 2-0 loss at Arlington Stadium. Ryan is the only player to accomplish this feat, and Henderson said after the game, "If he ain't struck you out, then you ain't nobody."

2007: The Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 30-3 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. It is the most runs scored by any MLB team in the modern era. Ironically, the Orioles led 3-0 after the first three innings.

— 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.