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This Day in Sports History: August 26

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 26 is a day in which professional baseball was first televised and the WNBA saw its only four-peat.

 

1904: James J. Jeffries retained his heavyweight title with a second-round knockout of Jack Munroe at San Francisco's Mechanic's Pavilion. Jeffries then became the first heavyweight champion to retire undefeated, but came out of retirement six years later and was knocked out by Jack Johnson.

 

1939: The first-ever MLB games were broadcast on television, as the Brooklyn Dodgers played the Cincinnati Reds at Ebbets Field. The Reds won the first game 5-2, while the Dodgers won the second 6-1.

 

1973: "Bang the Drum Slowly" was released in movie theaters. The baseball drama, which starred Robert De Niro as a player with a terminal illness, is widely considered by movie critics to be one of the best sports movies after made.

 

1991: Kansas City Royals pitcher Bret Saberhagen threw a no-hitter in a 7-0 win over the Chicago White Sox at Royals Stadium.

 

2000: The Houston Comets defeated the New York Liberty 79-73 at the Compaq Center to win their fourth straight WNBA title.

 

2019: A gunman killed two people and injured 10 more before killing himself in a shooting at a Madden NFL 19 video game tournament at Jacksonville Landing.

 

— 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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