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This Day in Sports History — August 2

Jackie Joyner-Kersee
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Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on August 2:

1906 — Dubbed ‘The Hitless Wonders,’ the Chicago White Sox began an American League-record 19-game winning streak with a 3-0 win over Boston. (More info.)

1907 — Pitcher Walter Johnson, 19, made his debut with the Washington Senators, losing 3-2 to Detroit. (More info.)

1938 —The Brooklyn Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals experimented by using yellow baseballs in the first game of a doubleheader. (More info.)

1948 — Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands won the 100-meters at the Summer Olympics in London in 11.9 seconds. It was one of four gold medals for the 30-year-old mother of two children. (More info.)

1979 — New York Yankees catcher and captain Thurman Munson, 32, died when the plane he was piloting crashed near Canton, Ohio. (More info.)

1980 — Teofilo Stevenson of Cuba became the first boxer to win the heavyweight gold medal at three consecutive Summer Olympics by beating Pyotr Zaev of the Soviet Union on points at the Moscow Games. (More info.)

1982 — Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics secured his 100th steal of the season on his way to a major league-record 130 stolen bases on the year. (More info.)

1987 — Kevin Seitzer of the Kansas City Royals collected six hits in a 13-5 win over the Boston Red Sox in Kansas City. (More info.)

1987 — Driver Michael Andretti ran the fastest Indy car race in history, averaging 171.49 miles per hour at the Marlboro 500 at Michigan International Speedway. (More info.)

1990 — Rookie Kevin Maas of the New York Yankees set a major league record by hitting his 10th home run in just his 77th at-bat. (More info.)

1992 — American Jackie Joyner-Kersee won her second consecutive Olympic gold medal in the heptathlon at the Summer Games in Barcelona, Spain. (More info.)

1993 — Attorney Peter Angelos purchased the Baltimore Orioles from Eli Jacobs for $173 million. (More info.)

2011 — Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees set a major league record when he homered from both sides of the plate for the 12th time in his career in a 6-0 win over the Chicago White Sox at US Cellular Field in Chicago. (More info.)

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