Back in Time: August 20
Yankee backup infielder Phil Linz plays harmonica on bus, despite Yogi Berra's orders, leading Berra to slap the harmonica from Linz's hands. The incident helped team management determine that Berra had lost control of the team and the respect of the players. Berra was fired at the end of the season, even though the Yankees won the pennant that year.
At Anaheim Stadium, Nolan Ryan is clocked at 100.9 miles per hour, making it the fastest pitch ever thrown in major league baseball.
At Shea Stadium, Dodgers pitcher Don Sutton (left) and first baseman Steve Garvey begin fighting in the clubhouse prior to a 5-4 victory over the Mets.
Janet B Evans
Janet B Evans sets a world record in the 800m freestyle (8:16.22).
Dan Marino surpasses Joe Montana as the highest paid NFL player with a five-year extension for $25 million
Setting a major league record, Jose Mesa picks up his 37th save in as many opportunities as Cleveland beats the Brewers, 8-5.
The winningest pitcher in franchise history is honored by the Yankees during Whitey Ford Day ceremonies at Yankee Stadium. The legendary southpaw holds the team record for victories (236), innings pitched (3,170), strikeouts (1,956) and shutouts (45).
Born on this Day
Al Lopez (1908) Don King (1931, pictured) Graig Nettles (1944) Quinn Buckner (1954) Mike Dodd (1957) Mark Langston (1960) Giuseppe Giannini (1964) Greg Jackson (1966) Andy Benes (1967) Oronde Gadsden (1971) Bernard Whittington (1971) Kevin Hickman (1971) Derrick Alston (1972) Todd Helton (1973) Chris Drury (1976) Jerryd Bayless (1988)