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August 2
1864 America's oldest Thoroughbred racetrack, Saratoga Race Course, opened its inaugural meet with four days of racing.
1935 Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Dolph Camilli set a record by a third baseman by making three errors in the first inning of his club's loss to the Dodgers, 8-3.
1938 The Brooklyn Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals used a yellow baseball in the first game of a doubleheader but went back to the standard one ball in the second.
1959 Milwaukee's Bill Bruton clubbed a pair of bases loaded triples en route to the Braves 11-5 bashing of the St. Louis Cardinals.
1969 Jockey Robyn Smith, one of the first female jockeys in the U.S., won her first career race, at Ferndale.
1979 New York Yankee catcher Thurman Munson died in plane crash at the age of 32.
2001 Mini Me, driven by Dave Magee, set the world record for a two-year-old gelding pacer on a mile track, winning the Robb Ranger Final at Balmoral Park in 1:50.4.
2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Smarty Jones retired from racing. Smarty Jones was bothered by a bruised front left hoof.
2006 The NBA announced several rule changes that will be implemented for the 2006-07 season, including a new playoff seeding system to alter a format widely considered flawed.
2006 The Dallas Cowboys re-signed safety Roy Williams to a four-year deal worth $25.2 million.
2006 University of Oklahoma starting QB Rhett Bomar was dismissed from the team for violating NCAA rules.
2008 Deweycheatumnhowe won the Hambletonian at the Meadowlands.
2008 Carolina WR Steve Smith was suspended by the team for the first two regular season games without pay for punching CB Ken Lucas during a practice at Panthers training camp.
2008 Darrell Green, Art Monk, Fred Dean, Emmitt Thomas, Andre Tippett and Gary Zimmerman were enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
2009 Tiger Woods shot a three-under 69 to win the Buick Open for the third time in his career.
2009 Catriona Matthew birdied three straight holes on the back nine to pull away and win the Women's British Open.
2011 The Philadelphia Eagles signed RB Ronnie Brown to a one-year contract.
2012 At the London Olympics, Kayla Harrison made history becoming the first American ever to win an Olympic gold medal in judo; Gabrielle Douglas became the third straight U.S. women's gymnast to win the individual all-around competition; American Rebecca Soni was the first swimmer to defend their Olympic title, breaking her own world record in the women's 200-meter breaststroke; Michael Phelps became the first male swimmer to win the same individual event at three straight Olympics, capturing the 200-meter individual medley.
2013 The Oakland Raiders signed veteran kicker Sebastian Janikowski to a four-year contract extension.
2013 Baltimore Ravens CB Asa Jackson was suspended eight games by the NFL for a second violation of its policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Birthdays Billy Cannon (1937) - NFL player; Tony Amonte (1970) - NHL player. Tim Wakefield (1966) - MLB pitcher.
As of August 1, 2014, at 06:00 PM ET

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