This Day in Sports History: August 25

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 25 is a day in which an MLB saw its youngest 20-game winner and the Houston Astros returned from an epic road trip.

 

1875: Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English Channel, traveling from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in less than 22 hours.

 

1930: Frankie Campbell died of head injuries sustained in a boxing match with Max Baer at San Francisco's Recreation Park. He was 26.

 

1985: New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden became the youngest player to win 20 games with a 9-3 win over the San Diego Padres at Shea Stadium at 20 years, nine months, and nine days old.

 

1992: The Houston Astros lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 at the Astrodome in their first home game after being on the road for 28 straight days. Their long road stint was to allow for the preparation and holding of the Republican National Convention at the Astrodome.

 

1996: Phil Mickelson won the World Series of Golf by three strokes at the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

 

1997: Iowa Barnstormers quarterback Kurt Warner threw three touchdown passes, but also had an interception returned for a touchdown, in a 55-33 loss to the Arizona Rattlers in ArenaBowl XI, played at the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix.

 

— 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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