Most athletes will tell you that from a team perspective, the most important thing is winning… but from an individual perspective, everyone wants to write the their name in history and be remembered forever.
In this week’s edition of Throwback Thursday, we take a look back at some of the memorable events in sports that took place from July 31st to August 6th.
July 31, 1990: Nolan Ryan wins his 300th game
Arguably the greatest pitcher of all-time, Nolan Ryan reached the pitching holy grail in 1990 by recording his 300th win. He became the 20th pitcher to do so.
August 2, 1998: Barry Bonds charges the mound after being HBP
MLB’s all-time home run leader and perennial intentional walk victim Barry Bonds was hit by a pitch in 1998 and did not like it very much. Bonds proceeded to charge the mound, resulting in a bench-clearing brawl.
August 3, 1949: The NBA was born
After the Basketball Association of America (BAA) was founded in 1946, it became a real challenger to the already established National Basketball League (NBL). Three years later, the two leagues merged to create the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1949.
August 4, 1936: American Jesse Owens wins second gold medal in Berlin
U.S. Olympic hero Jesse Owens claimed his second of four gold medals after winning the long jump competition in Berlin, Germany. This event was especially significant as the feat continued to prove Hitler’s superior Aryan race theory.
August 4, 2012: Oscar Pistorius becomes first amputee runner to compete in the Olympics
South African runner Oscar Pistorius is a double amputee and became the first amputee to run in the Olympics when he competed in the men;s 400-meter dash in London. Pistorius advanced to the semifinals before being eliminated. Of course, he is now best known for murdering his fiancee and currently resides in prison.
August 5, 1976: NBA merges with ABA
In 1976, the NBA merged with their rival league, the American Basketball Association (ABA). The previously established NBA welcomed the four most successful teams to join. Those teams included the Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, New York (NJ) Nets and San Antonio Spurs.
August 5, 2013: Alex Rodriguez gets suspended 211 games for using HGH
It only seemed fitting that I add a little A-Rod to the story, seeing that he may be released by the New York Yankees this week. Rodriguez has been essentially all but shunned by the baseball community following his many altercations surrounding performance enhancing drugs… most notably was this suspension that kept him out an entire season.
August 6, 1953: Ted Williams returns to the Boston Red Sox from the military
Arguably the best hitter in MLB history, Ted Williams returned to the baseball after a brief stint in the U.S. military. Boston couldn’t have been happier.
July 31, 1958: Mark Cuban (58) Dallas Mavericks owner
August 3, 1977: Tom Brady (39) New England Patriots Quarterback
August 4, 1962: Roger Clemens (54) Former Cy Young Award winner
August 5, 1937: Herb Brooks (d. 2003) 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Gold Medal winning Head Coach
August 5, 1962: Patrick Ewing (54) former NY Knicks center, NBA Hall of Famer
August 5, 1982: Lolo Jones (33) U.S. Olympic Track and Field athlete
August 5, 1986: Paula Creamer (29) LPGA professional golfer
August 6, 1965: David Robinson (51) former SA Spurs center, NBA Hall of Famer
August 6, 1973: Max Kellerman (42) ESPN broadcaster
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