This Day in Sports History: July 31

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, July 31 is a day in which a disrupted MLB season resumed and Michael Phelps became the Olympics all-time leader in hardware.

 

1961: The American and National Leagues tied 1-1 in the second MLB All-Star Game of the season at Fenway Park (MLB played two All-Star Games each year from 1959-62). This was the first All-Star Game to end in a tie.

 

1975: Jim Rice hit a walk-off single with the bases loaded in the 10th inning to give the Boston Red Sox a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park.

 

1981: After six weeks, an MLB players' strike came to an end when the players and owners reached an agreement. Play resumed on August 9, with the season being split into two halves.

 

1991: "Hot Shots!" was released in movie theaters. The "Top Gun" spoof grossed $181.1 million and featured a funny cameo with Charles Barkley and Bill Laimbeer.

 

1993: The Oakland Athletics traded left fielder Rickey Henderson to the Toronto Blue Jays. Henderson struggled with injuries but won a World Series with the Blue Jays that fall and re-signed with the A's after the season.

 

2012: With a silver medal in the 200-meter butterfly and a gold medal in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay, Michael Phelps surpassed gymnast Larisa Latynina's record for the most Olympic medals won. His current record is 28.

 

— 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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