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This Day in Sports History: August 31

This Day in Sports History: August 31

This Day in Sports History: August 31

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 31 is a day we lost one of boxing's greats and a legendary minor league pitching performance took place.

1950: Brooklyn Dodgers first baseman Gil Hodges hit four home runs in a 19-3 win over the Boston Braves at Ebbets Field.

1957: Kingsport (Tennessee) Orioles pitcher Steve Dalkowski struck out 24 batters in a game against the Bluefield (West Virginia) Dodgers. He also walked 18 batters and threw six wild pitches.

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1969: Rocky Marciano died in a plane crash in Newton, Iowa. The former heavyweight champion was 45.

1990: Andre Agassi spit at Petr Korda during a second-round match at the U.S. Open. He was allowed to finish the match, which he won in four sets, but was later fined $3,000.

1997: Jeff Gordon won the Mountain Dew Southern 500 at South Carolina's Darlington Raceway.

2006: Andre Agassi defeated Marcos Baghdatis in five sets to advance to the third round of the U.S. Open in New York City.

— 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.