This Day in Sports History: August 24

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 24 is a day in which an MLB great was banned for life and the NFL's most exciting quarterback was suspended indefinitely.

 

1895: British mountaineer Albert Mummery and four others were killed by an avalanche as they attempted to be the first to summit the Himalayas' Nanga Parbat, the ninth-highest mountain in the world. He was 39.

 

1975: Richard Petty won the Champion Spark Plug 400 at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan.

 

1989: MLB Commissioner Bart Giamatti formerly banned Pete Rose from the league for life for betting on baseball games.

 

1998: Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 44th home run of the season as the Seattle Mariners beat the Chicago White Sox 11-10 at the Kingdome.

 

2007: Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick pled guilty to federal charges regarding his involvement in a dogfighting ring. Shortly afterwards, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended him indefinitely. Vick served 21 months in prison, but returned to play for seven more seasons.

 

2015: Justin Wilson died at the age of 37 when he was hit in the head by another Indy car during the 2015 ABC Supply 500 at Pennsylvania's Pocono Raceway in Long Pond.

 

— 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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