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August 20
1951 American League President Will Harridge banned the St. Louis Browns from ever using Eddie Gaedel in any more baseball games.
1966 Ogden Phipps' Buckpasser, ridden by Braulio Baeza, became racing's first three-year-old millionaire after he won the Travers Stakes at Saratoga.
1967 The Detroit Lions defeated the San Diego Chargers 38-17 in the first game at San Diego Stadium.
1968 Immortal jockey Earl Sande, who won three Kentucky Derby's, died.
1985 Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden struck out 16 San Francisco Giants en route to a 3-0 victory.
1995 Cleveland's Jose Mesa recorded his 37th save in as many opportunities, setting a major league record as the Indians beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 8-5.
1998 St. Louis' Mark McGwire crushed his 50th home run of the season and became the first player to reach the 50-homer plateau in three consecutive seasons.
2000 The Orlando Predators won ArenaBowl XIV with a 41-38 win over the Nashville Kats.
2004 American Michael Phelps won his fifth gold medal and seventh overall at the Athens Games by winning the 100-meter butterfly.
2005 The Kansas City Royals snapped a 19-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
2006 Tiger Woods collected his 12th professional major championship as he won his third PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club.
2007 Atlanta QB Michael Vick pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a dog fighting ring.
2008 Jamaica's Usain Bolt won the men's 200 meters in world record time at the Beijing Olympics.
2009 Former New York Giants WR Plaxico Burress pleaded guilty to a felony weapons charge and would serve 20 months in prison.
2009 Jamaica's Usain Bolt set another record at the 2009 World Championships, crushing the field in the 200-meter final with a time of 19.19 seconds.
2009 University of Memphis men's basketball program was forced to forfeit the record 38 wins and Final Four appearance it recorded during the 2007-08 season because the school used an ineligible player.
2010 The Spokane Shock won ArenaBowl XXIII with a 69-57 win over the Tampa Bay Storm.
2011 The Arizona Cardinals re-signed WR Larry Fitzgerald to an eight-year contract.
2012 Augusta National Golf Club invited former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore to become the first female members since the club was founded in 1932.
2013 The NFL suspended Denver Broncos LB Von Miller for the first six games of the 2013 season for violations of the league's substance abuse policy.
Birthdays Graig Nettles (1944) - MLB player; Mark Langston (1960) - MLB pitcher; Andy Benes (1967) - MLB pitcher.
As of August 20, 2014, at 09:01 AM ET

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