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This Day in Sports History: August 3

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 3 is a day in which the NBA was formed and baseball's biggest scandal of all time finally came to an end.

 

1921: MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis banned Chicago White Sox players Arnold "Chick" Gandil, Eddie Cicotte, Oscar "Happy" Felsch, "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, Fred McMullin, Charles "Swede" Risberg, George "Buck" Weaver, and Claude "Lefty" Williams for life for their role in fixing the 1919 World Series. Also banned was St. Louis Browns second baseman Joe Gedeon for betting on games once he learned about the fix from Risberg.

 

1936: Jesse Owens won the gold medal in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.3 seconds at the Summer Olympics in Berlin.

 

1949: The Basketball Association of America and National Basketball League merged under the new name of the National Basketball Association.

 

1958: Peter Collins was killed when he was thrown from his car and hit a tree during the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring in Nurburg.

 

1984: Mary Lou Retton became the first American woman to win a gold medal in Olympic gymnastics at the Summer Games in Los Angeles.

 

1987: Minnesota Twins pitcher Joe Niekro was caught with a nail file in his pocket during a game against the California Angels at Anaheim Stadium and suspended for 10 games.

 

 

1993: The body of Michael Jordan's father, James, was found in a swamp in McColl, South Carolina. He had been murdered by Daniel Andre Green and Larry Martin Demery when he pulled over on the side of the highway to take a nap on July 23. Both men were sentenced to life in prison.

 

2009: Denny Hamlin won the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

 

— 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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