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This Day in Sports History: August 23

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 23 is a day in which a Hall of Fame pitcher made his first start at the age of 17 and a game ended on an unassisted triple play.

 

1936: Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller made his first start at the age of 17, striking out 15 in a 4-1 win over the St. Louis Browns at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.

 

1975: The Pontiac Silverdome opened in Pontiac, Michigan. The venue served as home for the Detroit Lions and Pistons and hosted the first Super Bowl played in an area with harsh winters in Super Bowl XVI.

 

1980: "The Baseball Bunch," an MLB-produced series aimed at children, premiered. It ran in syndication until 1985.

 

1997: Dale Jarrett won the Goody's Headache Powder 500 at Tennessee's Bristol Motor Speedway.

 

2009: Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Eric Bruntlett made an unassisted triple play as two New York Mets baserunners attempted a double steal in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 9-7 win at Citi Field.

 

 

2014: Soccer player Albert Ebosse Bodjongo died after being hit in the head by a projectile thrown by an unidentified fan at 1 November 1954 Stadium in Tizi Ouzou, Algeria. He was 24.

 

— 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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