This Day in Sports History: August 6

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 6 is a day in which a pitcher struck out his 4,000th batter and NASCAR first went to Indianapolis.

 

1926: Olympic gold medalist Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel.

 

1986: San Francisco Giants pitcher Steve Carlton struck out Cincinnati Reds outfielder Eric Davis for his 4,000th strikeout in a 2-1 win at Candlestick Park. Carlton became just the second player to achieve that milestone, joining Nolan Ryan in the exclusive club. Randy Johnson and Roger Clemens are the only others to do so since.

 

1994: Jeff Gordon won the inaugural Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This was the first NASCAR stock car race held at the historic speedway.

 

1999: San Diego Padres right fielder Tony Gwynn got his 3,000th hit off of Montreal Expos pitcher Dan Smith in a 12-10 win at Olympic Stadium.

 

2012: Former NBA forward Dan Roundfield drowned in San Nicolas, Aruba, after helping his wife to safety at 59. The three-time All-Star played 12 seasons in the ABA and NBA for four different teams.

 

2017: Darren Daulton died of brain cancer in Clearwater, Florida, at 55. Daulton was a three-time All-Star catcher and won a World Series with the Florida Marlins in 1997.

 

— 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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