This Day in Sports History: August 8

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 8 is a day in which the New Orleans Saints first practiced in their current home and Wrigley Field hosted its first night game.

 

1953: Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella hit two home runs and drove in six runs in a 7-4 win over the Cincinnati Redlegs at Crosley field. The six RBIs gave him 104 for the year, making him the first catcher in National League history to drive in more than 100 in two seasons.

 

1975: The New Orleans Saints held their first practice in the newly completed Louisiana Superdome.

 

1988: The first night game played under the lights at Wrigley Field was called after four innings because of rain, with the Chicago Cubs leading the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1. The next day, the Cubs beat the New York Mets 6-4 in the stadium's first official night game.

 

1999: Martina Hingis beat Venus Williams in straight sets to win the TIG Classic in Carlsbad, Calif.

 

2004: Jeff Gordon won the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

 

2018: World champion hurdler Nicholas Bett died in a car accident in Lessos, Kenya, at 28. Bett won a gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2015 World Athletics Championships in Beijing.

 

— 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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