Aug 23rd 1989
Pete Rose agrees to a lifetime ban from baseball after being accused on gambling. Rose agreed to the ban after seeing that Vegas had 20:1 odds that he would not accept a ban.
Aug 22nd 2003
Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals goes 0-for-5 to end a 30-game hit streak. The streak was the longest in major league history by a player over the age of 35.
Dec 31st 1969
Philadelphia pitcher Dan Casey strikes out in the ninth inning of a game against New York, which many believe provided the inspiration for the famous poem "Casey at the Bat." Others believe Casey's whiff provided the inspiration for the lesser-known poem "Dan Casey Fking Sucks."
Aug 20th 1964
Phil Linz of the New York Yankees is fined $200 for playing a harmonica on the team bus after the Yankees had just lost a four-game series to the Chicago White Sox. After hearing about his fine, Linz picked up his trombone and played a single "wa-wah" note.
Aug 19th 1951
St. Louis Browns owner Bill Veeck sends 3-foot-7 inch midget Eddie Gaedel to the plate in a game against the Detroit Tigers. Gaedel struck out on three-straight pitches when the Tigers called in a 2-foot-1 inch pitcher who could exploit Gaedel's massive strike zone.
Aug 18th 1992
Larry Bird announces his retirement after 13 years with the Boston Celtics. Bird retired to pursue his dream of becoming a model.
Aug 17th 1933
Everett Scott's consecutive games-played record of 1,307 is broken by Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig. Scott's streak had ended in 1925 when he succumbed to Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Aug 16th 1954
The first issue of Sports Illustrated is published. The magazine's founding was a huge boon to the country's struggling helmet phone industry.
Aug 15th 1970
Pat Palinkas becomes the first woman to play in a pro football game when she held the ball on a kick for the Orlando Panthers. Palinkas was immediately thrown off the team for pulling the ball on Panthers' kicker Charlie Brown.
Aug 14th 1994
Pitcher Dwight Gooden leaves the Betty Ford Center. Gooden left after discovering the Betty Ford Center did not have any cocaine.