Back in Time: August 17
Pinch-hitting in the eighth inning of a 9-5 loss to the Padres, Pete Rose makes his final major league appearance. The Reds player-manager, who ended his 24-year career with a .303 batting average, was struck out by future Hall of Famer Goose Gossage.
Davis Love III
At the 79th PGA Championship, Davis Love III shoots a 269 to capture the title.
Oriole reliever Jesse Orosco, 42, sets a major league mark pitching in his 1,072nd game, passing Dennis Eckersley on the all-time career appearance list.
In a pre-game, 55-minute ceremony at Minute Maid Park, Craig Biggio becomes the ninth Astro to have his jersey number retired. The Long Island native is the team's all-time leader in games (2,850) and seasons (20) played.
Michael Phelps wins his Olympic-record eighth gold medal with a little help from his friends. After Phelps gave the U.S. the lead in the butterfly leg of the 400-meter medley relay, anchor Jason Lezak held off Aussie Eamon Sullivan in the freestyle to nail down the win in a world-record 3 minutes, 29.34 seconds.
Born on this Day
Boog Powell (1941) Guillermo Vilas (1952) Jamie Macoun (1961) Jon Gruden (1963) Zefross Moss (1966) Don Sweeney (1966) James Jenkins (1967) Ed McCaffrey (1968) Ed Cunningham (1969) Christian Laettner (1969) Jim Courier (1970) Bernard Wilson (1970) Jorge Posada (1971) Ernie Conwell (1972) Paul Wiggins (1973) Thierry Henry (1977) Antwaan Randle El (1979) Dustin Pedroia (1983) Garrett Wolfe (1984) Tyrus Thomas (1986) Rudy Gay (1986)