Compiled By PAUL MONTELLA
Aug. 18, 2018
1909 — The first race is held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Before 12,000 fans, Austrian engineer Louis Schwitzer win a 5-mile race at an average speed of 57 mph. The track's surface of crushed rock and tar breaks up in a number of places and causes the deaths of two drivers, two mechanics and two spectators.
1921 — Detroit's Ty Cobb gets his 3,000th career hit at age 34, the youngest player to reach that plateau.
1934 — Helen Hull Jacobs wins the women's title in the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association championships.
1951 — Eddie Gaedel, a 65-pound, 3-foot-7 midget, makes his first and only plate appearance as a pinch-hitter for Frank Saucier of the St. Louis Browns. Gaedel, wearing No. 1/8, walks on four pitches by Detroit Tigers pitcher Bob Cain and is taken out for pinch-runner Jim Delsing. The gimmick by Browns owner Bill Veeck was later outlawed.
1981 — Renaldo Nehemiah sets the world record in the 110 hurdles — 12.93 seconds in Zurich, Switzerland.
1984 — Lee Trevino beats Gary Player and Lanny Wadkins by four strokes to take the PGA championship at Shoal Creek, Ala.
1993 — Sergei Bubka wins his fourth consecutive pole vault title at the world championships at Stuttgart, Germany. Britain's Sally Gunnell edges Sandra Farmer-Patrick at the line, as both shatter the world record of 52.94 seconds in the 400 hurdles. Gunnell finishes in 52.74 and Farmer-Patrick clocks 53.48.
1995 — Mike Tyson starts his comeback, knocking out Peter McNeeley in 89 seconds at Las Vegas. McNeeley's manager, Vinnie Vecchione, jumps into the ring to stop the fight after his boxer is knocked down twice in the first round.
2001 — Michael Schumacher gets his fourth Formula One championship and matches Alain Prost's series record of 51 victories by winning the Hungarian Grand Prix.
2007 — Roger Federer wins his 50th tournament title by beating James Blake 6-1, 6-4 in the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters. The 26-year-old Swiss star is the fifth-youngest player in history to reach 50 and ninth overall in the Open era since 1968.
2016 — Usain Bolt wins three gold medals in his third consecutive Olympics. At the Rio de Janeiro Games, Bolt turns a close 4x100 relay race against Japan and the U.S. into a runaway, helping Jamaica cross the line in 37.27 seconds. Allyson Felix wins an unprecedented fifth gold medal, running the second leg of the 4x100-meter relay team.