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This Day in Sports History: August 27

This Day in Sports History: August 27

This Day in Sports History: August 27

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 27 is a day in which one of baseball's all-time greats recorded his 1,500th RBI and college football held its first kickoff classic game.

1968: Mickey Mantle drove in his 1,500th RBI as the New York Yankees beat the California Angels 2-0 at Yankee Stadium.

1981: Soviet hockey star Valeri Kharlamov was killed in a car wreck near Solnechnogorsk, Russia. The 33-year-old won gold medals at the 1972 and '76 Winter Olympics.

1984: Defending national champion Miami (Fla.) beat No. 1 ranked Auburn 20-18 in the first Kickoff Classic at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Tigers led 15-14 in the third quarter, but Miami kicker Greg Cox nailed two field goals in the fourth to put the Hurricanes ahead for good. The game was Jimmy Johnson’s first as head coach of The U.

1994: Rusty Wallace won the Goody's 500 at Tennessee's Bristol International Raceway.

2008: Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards were suspended for six events after the two purposely hit each other's cars following Edwards' win at the Sharpie 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway.

2014: Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Ike Davis hit a two-run homer that bounced off a speaker above the right-field seats at PNC Park in a 3-1 over the St. Louis Cardinals.

— 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.