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This Day in Sports History — August 11

Carl Lewis Fourth Medal
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Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on August 11:

1919 — The Green Bay Packers football club was founded by Earl “Curly” Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun. (More info.)

1929 — Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees became the first major league player to hit 500 home runs when he connected off Willis Hudlin of the Indians at Dunn Field in Cleveland. (More info.)

1950 — Outfielder Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees was benched for the first time in his career. (More info.)

1951 — New York TV station WCBS aired the Boston Braves vs. the Brooklyn Dodgers, the first color broadcast of a baseball game. (More info.)

1961 — Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves recorded his 300th career victory, beating the Chicago Cubs 2-1 at County Stadium in Milwaukee. (More info.)

1984 — American Carl Lewis won a gold medal as part of the US 4×400 meter relay team. It was the sprinter’s fourth of the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, matching Jesse Owens feat in 1936. (More info.)

1991 — Unknown golfer John Daly won the P.G.A. Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, IN. (More info.)

1994 — Major League Baseball players called a strike which eventually cancelled the World Series for the first time in the history of the sport. (More info.)

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