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This Day in Sports History — August 12

Greg Louganis
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Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on August 12:

1934 — Former Red Sox player Babe Ruth, then with the New York Yankees, played his final game at Fenway Park in Boston. (More info.)

1936 — More than 90,000 spectators watched a demonstration game of baseball between two amateur teams from the US at the Summer Olympics in Berlin. (More info.)

1960 — US jumper Ralph Boston broke Jesse Owens’ long jump record by leaping 26 feet, 11.25 inches at Mt. San Antonio College in California. (More info.)

1963 — Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals announced that he will retire at the end of year. (More info.)

1969 — The Boston Celtics were sold for an NBA-record $6 million. (More info.)

1970 – Curt Flood of the St. Louis Cardinals lost his $41 million antitrust suit against Major League Baseball, as federal judge Irving Ben Cooper upheld the legality of the sport’s reserve clause. (More info.)

1974 — Nolan Ryan of the California Angels struck out 19 Boston Red Sox in a game at Anaheim Stadium to tie the MLB record held by Tom Seaver and Steve Carlton. (More info.)

1975 — John Walker of New Zealand set a world record in the mile, finishing in 3:49.4 minutes in Guteborg, Sweden. (More info.)

1978 — New England Patriots’ wide receiver Darryl Stingley was paralyzed after being hit by Raiders’ safety Jack Tatum during a preseason game in Oakland. (More info.)

1984 — US diver Greg Louganis captured his second gold medal of the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles by winning the 10-meter platform competition with a world-record score of 710.91. (More info.)

1988 — The Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers, 9-4, at Fenway Park for their American League-record 23rd consecutive win at home. (More info.)

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