What’s Happening in Sports: August 4, 2022

2020: Phoenix Suns SG Devin Booker hit the only game-winning buzzer beater during the Orlando bubble regular season, draining a fadeaway over Paul George and Kawhi Leonard to keep PHX’s undefeated bubble (8-0) in tact. Booker tied Walter Davis for the most GW buzzer beaters (3) in Suns history

2010: New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez became just the 7th (and youngest) player to hit 600 career HR in MLB history. A-Rod finished his career with 696 HRs, the 4th most ever behind only Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, and Babe Ruth

2007: New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player to ever hit 500 career home runs, blasting the milestone HR on the very 1st pitch he saw in a 16-8 victory over the Kansas City Royals

2007: In the 2nd inning of a loss to the San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants OF Barry Bonds hit his 755th career HR, tying Hank Aaron’s all-time record that Bonds would surpass 3 days later, ultimately finishing with 762 career HR which remains the MLB record

1985: Future HOFers, California Angels 1B Rod Carew, and Chicago White Sox SP Tom Seaver (who ironically both won the AL and NL Rookie of the Year Awards in 1967) achieved major milestones: 3,000 career Hits and 300 career Wins on the same day

1982: OF Joel Youngblood started for the New York Mets, was traded in the 4th inning, arrived in Philadelphia, and got a hit for the Montreal Expos, becoming the 1st player to record a hit for 2 teams during 1 day in MLB history

1971: Detroit Tigers SP Mickey Lolich surpassed Hal Newhouser for the most career Ks (1,770) in franchise history during his 2nd straight GS of 14+ Ks. This was in the midst of a 5-game stretch where Lolich recorded a CG every time, and finished the season with a career-high 308 Ks, only to finish 2nd in Cy Young voting. Lolich ended with 2,679 Ks for the Tigers which still stands as the record today 

1934: In a 21-4 rout of the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants OF Mel Ott became the very 1st player to score 6 runs during a single game in MLB history. The record has been tied 7 times, including by Ott himself 10 years later but nobody has surpassed i

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