This Day in Sports History

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1958: Pirate Roberto Clemente ties modern record of three triples in a game.

1973: Hank Aaron sets record of most HRs in 1 league (709).

1979: US Open Women’s Tennis: Tracy Austin becomes youngest US champion (16 years, 9 months); beats Chris Evert 6-4, 6-3.

1988: Javier Sotomayer of Cuba high jumps world record 2.43m.

1990: US Open Women’s Tennis: Gabriela Sabatini becomes only Argentine woman to win a Grand Slam singles event; beats Steffi Graf 6-2, 7-6.

2001: A moment of history at the Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo, as Mohammad Ashraful of Bangladesh became the youngest man, or boy, ever to make a Test century. Ashraful made 114 in Bangladesh’s second innings against Sri Lanka, and though this did not have much of an impact on the result – trailing by 465 runs on first innings, Bangladesh were eventually bowled out for 328 – it was quite some consolation for the perennial whipping boys of world cricket. It was the day before Ashraful’s 17th birthday, according to some sources, and 63 days after it, according to others; either way, he broke the long-standing record for the youngest centurion, set by Mushtaq Mohammad when he made 101 for Pakistan against India in 1960-61 (17 years, 82 days).

2020: The Los Angeles Lakers’ 112-102 victory over the Houston Rockets in Game 3 gave LeBron James 162 individual playoffs wins in his career, surpassing Derek Fisher for the most in NBA history.

2001: US Open Women’s Tennis: Venus Williams successfully defends title; beats younger sister Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4.

2013: US Open Women’s Tennis: Serena Williams successfully defends her title; beats Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 7-5, 6-7, 6-1.

2018: US Open Women’s Tennis: Naomi Osaka first Japanese female to win a Grand Slam singles final; beats Serena Williams in controversial match 6-2, 6-4.

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