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This Day in Sports History — August 19

Eddie Gaedel

Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on August 19:

1909 — The first auto race was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (More info.)

1921 — Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers became the youngest player ever to reach 3,000 career hits when he singled off Elmer Myers of the Boston Red Sox at Navin Field in Detroit. (More info.)

1951 — St. Louis Browns’ owner Bill Veeck used diminutive Eddie Gaedel, a 3-foot-7-inch stuntman, to pinch-hit against the Detroit Tigers at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis. (More info.)

1965 — Jim Maloney of the Cincinnati Reds pitched his second no-hitter of the season, beating the Chicago Cubs, 1-0, at Wrigley Field. (More info.)

1969 — Ken Holtzman of the Chicago Cubs no-hit the Atlanta Braves, 3-0, at Wrigley Field. (More info.)

1975 — Former Indianapolis 500 winner Mark Donohue died from injuries he suffered when his race car crashed during practice before the Austrian Grand Prix. (More info.)

1981 — American Renaldo Nehemiah ran the 110-meter hurdles in a world record-time of 12.93 seconds at a meet in Zurich, Switzerland. (More info.)

1983 — Former LSU Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon was sentenced to five years in prison for counterfeiting. (More info.)

1995 — Boxer Mike Tyson returned to the ring after serving a two-year prison sentence, defeating Peter McNeeley in 38 seconds. (More info.)

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