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This Day in Sports History: August 29


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 29 is a day in which a beaning led to a great political career and a natural disaster displaced sports in a city for at least one season.

1924: Washington Senators pitcher Walter Johnson struck out seven and gave up six hits in 7.1 innings in a 5-1 win over the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The win was part of a run of 13 straight wins by Johnson that propelled the Senators to win the American League pennant by two games over the Yankees.

1952: Brunswick Pirates center fielder Mario Cuomo was hit by a pitch, which hospitalized him for a week. The injury prompted Cuomo to give up minor league baseball and pursue a career in law that culminated with him becoming governor of New York.

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1977: St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Lou Brock broke Ty Cobb's career stolen base record when he stole his 893rd base in a 4-3 loss to the San Diego Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium.

1988: New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor was suspended for 30 days after testing positive for cocaine.

1992: Darrell Waltrip won the Bud 500 at Tennessee's Bristol International Raceway.

2005: Hurricane Katrina reached land in Louisiana, killing more than 1,400 people and causing $70 billion in damage. The disaster and damage of the Superdome forced the New Orleans Saints to play all of their home games at LSU's Tiger Stadium and San Antonio's Alamodome. Tulane played all of its games on the road (the basketball team played its first four games in College Station, Texas, before returning home). The NBA's New Orleans Hornets played the majority of their games in Oklahoma City for two seasons, and the fans' support for the team led to the NBA helping the city land its own franchise in the Oklahoma City Thunder.

— 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.