OLYMPICS August 8, 2008 The 29th Olympics open in Beijing, China with nearly 11,000 athletes competing in 28 different sports. It was the most watched sporting event in history with 2/3 of the world’s population tuning in. The U.S. took home the most medals at 112. Though, the host surpassed the U.S. in the gold count: 48 versus 36.
BASEBALL August 9, 1998 Atlanta Braves’ Dennis Martinez sets a record for most wins by a Latin American pitcher after defeating the San Francisco Giants 7-5. Nicknamed “El Presidente”, Martinez was the first Nicaraguan to play in the majors. Starting with the Baltimore Orioles in 1976, he retired after 23 seasons playing for 5 teams with a win/loss record of 245/193.
SWIMMING August 10, 1988 Matt Biondi brakes a world record at the U.S. Olympic Trials, swimming the 100m freestyle in 48.42 secs. A month later at the Games in Seoul, Biondi would take gold in the same event and set a new Olympic record of 48.63. Competing in 3 Olympiads, the American aqua-champ retired with 11 medals (8 gold).
GOLF August 6, 1978 John Mahaffey recovers to win the PGA Championship in a playoff shootout against Tom Watson and Jerry Pate. It was the best come-back performance in PGA history after he trailed Watson by seven strokes with 14 holes to go. It was Mahaffey’s only major victory of his career, which included 15 professional wins.