This Day in Sports History: August 21

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 21 is a day in which the Tampa Bay Buccaneers first played for a home crowd and Tiger Woods accomplished a feat that had not been achieved in nearly 50 years.

 

1919: Laurence Doherty died of toxemia in Broadstairs, England, at the age of 43. He had won gold medals in men's singles and doubles in tennis in the 1900 Summer Olympics, along with six Grand slam singles titles.

 

1976: Miami Dolphins quarterback Bob Griese threw three touchdowns in the first half of a 28-21 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a preseason game at Tampa Stadium. The game was the home debut for the newly-formed Bucs.

 

1983: Cale Yarbrough won the Champion Spark Plug 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan.

 

1997: The Oakland Athletics hit six home runs in the first three innings of a 13-6 win over the Boston Red Sox at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum.

 

2000: Tiger Woods beat David May in a three-hole playoff to win the PGA Championship at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. It was Woods' second straight PGA Championship and his third major championship in the calendar year, a feat last accomplished by Ben Hogan in 1953.

 

2016: The closing ceremony for the Summer Olympics was held in Rio de Janeiro.

 

— 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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