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This Day in Sports History: August 5

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 5 is a day in which the first world record in the long jump was set and one of the best pitchers of the last 30 years got his 300th win.

 

1901: Peter O'Connor set the world record in the long jump at 24 feet and 11.75 inches in Dublin. It was the first International Association of Athletics Federations (now World Athletics) world record in the long jump and stood until Jesse Owens broke it 25 years later.

 

1911: Bob Caruthers died in Peoria, Illinois, of an undisclosed illness at 47. His career winning percentage of .688 is the third highest in MLB history behind Whitey Ford and Dave Foutz for pitchers with at least 200 decisions.

 

1966: Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax struck out 10 batters in six innings, while his team recorded 18 hits in a 12-1 win over the Houston Astros at the Astrodome.

 

1973: Atlanta Braves knuckleballer Phil Niekro pitched a no-hitter, a 9-0 win over the San Diego Padres at Atlanta Stadium.

 

1995: Dale Earnhardt won the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

 

2007: New York Mets pitcher Tom Glavine won his 300th game with an 8-3 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

 

— 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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