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This Day in Sports History: August 30

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 30 is a day in which a pitcher began a record streak of scoreless innings and another got his 3,000th strikeout.

 

1969: Willie Horton drove in two runs with a double, hit a home run, and scored another as pitcher Denny McLain got his 21st win as the Detroit Tigers beat the Seattle Pilots 4-3 at Tiger Stadium.

 

1974: "The Longest Yard" was released broadly in U.S. movie theaters. The football dramedy starring Burt Reynolds grossed $43 million.

 

1988: Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Orel Hershiser began his streak of 59 consecutive scoreless innings in a 4-2 win over the Montreal Expos at Olympic Stadium.

 

1998: Jeff Gordon won the Farm Aid on CMT 300 at Loudon's New Hampshire International Speedway.

 

2001: Jacksonville State kicker Ashley Martin became the first woman to score in a college football game in a 72-10 beating of Cumberland at Burgess-Snow Stadium.

 

2006: Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling recorded his 3,000th strikeout in a 7-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics at McAfee Coliseum.

 

— 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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