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This Day in Sports History: August 16

Recapping events that took place in the sports world on this day

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 16 is a day in which baseball lost the Babe and Da Bears took the field under "Iron Mike."

 

1930: The first British Empire Games were held in Hamilton, Ontario. The multi-sport event is now called the Commonwealth Games and includes athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations, most of which are former members of the British Empire.

 

1948: Babe Ruth died in his sleep of complications from nasopharynx cancer at Memorial Hospital in New York City at 53.

 

1954: The first issue of Sports Illustrated was published and featured Milwaukee Braves third baseman Eddie Matthews on the cover.

 

1970: Dave Stockton won the first PGA Championship by two strokes ahead of runners-up Bob Murphy and Arnold Palmer at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

 

1982: The Chicago Bears took the field for the first under new head coach Mike Ditka in a preseason game at Jack Murphy Stadium. Rookie quarterback Jim McMahon first entered the game at the start of the fourth quarter with the Bears down 28-7 and led a furious comeback but came up short in a 28-27 loss.

 

1996: "Tin Cup" was released in U.S. movie theaters. The Kevin Costner/Rene Russo golf romantic comedy grossed $75.8 million in theaters.

 

2018: The Texas Rangers completed a triple play on the Los Angeles Angels with the bases loaded in the fourth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The play proved decisive in an 8-6 Rangers win.

 

 

— 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.

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