Back in Time: August 1
Rafael Palmeiro becomes the highest profile player to be suspended for violating the MLB steroids policy. The Orioles first baseman, who denies knowingly taking any banned substances, had stated in the spring to the House Government Reform Committee that published allegations by Jose Canseco of his steroids use were "absolutely false" and had considered suing his former teammate over the accusation.
The Expos trade recently acquired outfielder Cliff Floyd to the Red Sox for two minor league right-handed pitchers from South Korea -- Seung Song and Sun-Woo Kim. Although denied by all involved, it is reported Yankees owner George Steinbrenner suspects the Expos, who are owned by major league baseball, made the trade to help his club's top rival.
Hank Aaron (right), the holder of the career home run record (755) and RBI record (2,297); Frank Robinson (left), the first player to win the MVP in both leagues and the first black manager in the majors; Travis Jackson, an outstanding offensive and defensive shortstop for the Giants during 1920's, and former commissioner Happy Chandler, who provided leadership in breaking baseball's color line are inducted in the Hall of Fame.
Twins' hurler Bert Blyleven becomes the tenth major leaguer to record 3,000 strikeouts as he two-hits the A's, 10-1.
Tennis ace John McEnroe marries actress Tatum O'Neal. Here McEnroe poses next to Andy Warhol's Portrait of John McEnroe and Tatum O'Neal, 1986.
Born on this Day
Edgerrin James (1978) <br>Nancy Lopez (1952)