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This Day in Sports History — August 3

Mary Lou Retton
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Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on August 3:

1921 — Baseball commissioner, Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis banned eight members of the 1919 Chicago White Sox from baseball for life for their roles in allowing the Cincinnati Reds to win the 1919 World Series. (More info.)

1928 — American Ray Barbuti won the 400-meter race at the Summer Olympics in Amsterdam. It was the only individual gold medal the US won in those games. (More info.)

1936 — African-American athlete Jesse Owens won the gold medal in the 100-meter race after German leader Adolf Hitler earlier proclaimed the Aryans a superior race. (More info.)

1944 — At just 16 years and eight months old, Tommy Brown played shortstop for the Brooklyn Dodgers against the Chicago Cubs in Ebbets Field in New York. (More info.)

1949 — The Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League merged to form the National Basketball Association. (More info.)

1959 — The American League beat the National League, 5-3, in the second MLB All-Star Game of the year at the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. (More info.)

1960 — The Cleveland Indians traded manager Joe Gordon to the Detroit Tigers for manager Jimmy Dykes. (More info.)

1984 — American gymnast Mary Lou Retton became the first US woman to win the Olympic gold medal in the all-around at the Los Angeles Games. (More info.)

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