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This Day in Sports History: August 2

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 2 is a day in which a pitcher struck out 27 batters and another recorded an immaculate inning.

 

1930: Homestead Grays pitcher Smokey Joe Williams struck out 27 batters in a 1-0 12-inning win over the Kansas City Monarchs at Kansas City's Muehlebach Field. His opponent, Chet Brewer, struck out 19. Wood was 44 at the time and never got the chance to leave the Negro Leagues for the Majors, but he is enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

1959: Detroit Tigers pitcher Jim Bunning struck out three Boston Red Sox batters with nine pitches in the ninth inning of a 5-4 loss at Tiger Stadium. He was the 10th pitcher in MLB history to record an immaculate inning.

 

1979: New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson died while practicing landing his plane at the Akron–Canton Airport. The seven-time All-Star was 32. The Yankees immediately retired his number and dedicated a plaque to him in Yankee Stadium's Monument Park.

 

1980: Cuban boxer Teofilo Stevenson won his third gold medal with a 4-1 majority decision over Pyotr Zayev at the Summer Olympics in Moscow. Stevenson may have won more gold medals, but Cuba boycotted both the 1984 Los Angeles and 1988 Seoul Games because of its alliances with the Soviet Union and North Korea.

 

1997: Paul Molitor and Rich Becker both hit two-run homers as the Minnesota Twins beat the New York Yankees 5-4 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

 

2015: Matt Kenseth won the Windows 10 400 at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

 

— 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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