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This date in sports history for Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014

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Aug. 7

1907 — Walter Johnson wins the first of his 417 victories leading the Washington Senators to a 7-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

1952 — 74-year-old Bion Shively drives Sharp Note to victory in the third heat of the Hambletonian Stakes.

1982 — Speed Bowl wins the Hambletonian Stakes in straight heats with 25-year-old Tom Haughton in the sulky, the youngest to win the Hambletonian.

1983 — Hal Sutton overcomes three straight bogeys and edges Jack Nicklaus by one stroke to win the PGA championship.

1983 — Norway’s Grete Waitz takes the women’s marathon in the first world track and field championships at Helsinki, Finland.

1985 — Commissioner Peter Ueberroth announces the end of the two-day strike by the Major League Baseball Players Association as the players and owners reach a tentative agreement.

1992 — Sergei Bubka, the world record-holder and defending Olympic champion, fails to clear a height in the pole vault.

1994 — Carolyn Hill captures her first title in 14 years on the LPGA Tour. Hills shoots a final-round 69 for 275 that gave her a three-stroke victory over Nancy Ramsbottom in the McCall’s LPGA Classic. Hill, who tied the tournament record of 13-under-par, had made a tour-record 359 starts before tasting victory.

1995 — Britain’s Jonathan Edwards twice breaks the world record on his way to the World Championship becoming the first man to clear 18 meters and 60 feet in the triple jump. After clearing 18.16 on his initial attempt to break the world record, he pushes the mark to 18.29, for 60 feet, 1-4 inches.

1999 — Wade Boggs becomes the first player to homer for his 3,000th hit, connecting in rare style with a two-run shot in Tampa Bay’s 15-10 loss to Cleveland. Boggs already with a pair of RBI singles, homers off Chris Haney in the sixth inning for the milestone.

2004 — Greg Maddux becomes the 22nd pitcher in major league history to reach 300 victories, leading the Chicago Cubs to an 8-4 victory over San Francisco.

2005 — Justin Gatlin dominates the 100 meters at the world track and field championships, Helsinki, Finland. The 23-year-old Olympic champion wins in 9.88 seconds, 17-hundredths of a second ahead of runner-up Michael Frater of Jamaica. The margin of victory is the largest in the 10 world championships that have been held since the meet’s inception in 1983.

2007 — San Francisco’s Barry Bonds hits home run No. 756 to break Hank Aaron’s storied record. Noticeably absent are commissioner Bud Selig and Aaron.

2012 — Aly Raisman becomes the first U.S. woman to win Olympic gold on floor, and she picks up a bronze on balance beam on the final day of the gymnastics competition at the London Olympics. She just misses a medal in the all-around, finishing with the same score as Russia’s Aliya Mustafina but drops to fourth on a tiebreak.

 

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