August 11: On this day in sports history...
1929 -became the first major league player to reach 500 home runs...and he did it without steroids, just a lot of pizza and beer. The Yankees were in Cleveland to play the Indians. Before the game The Babe sought out the chief of police and told him, "Listen, I'm going to hit #500 today and I'll tell you what I wish you'd do. I wish you'd find the kid who gets the ball and bring him to me. I'd kinda like to save that one." Ruth then proceeded to hit the first pitch thrown to him by Cleveland pitcher Willis Hudlin over the right field fence and landing on Lexington Avenue. The police chief found the kid who snagged the ball and introduced him to the Babe. Ruth gave the kid $20 and an autographed baseball and everyone was happy. Well, almost everyone. The Yankees ended up losing the game 6-5. Babe Ruth went 2-4 and scored two runs.
1991 - Twenty-five year old John Daly won the PGA Championship played at Crooked Stick in Indiana. He won by three strokes over Bruce Lietzke.
1991 - Wilson Alvarez of the Chicago White Sox tossed a no hitter in just his second MLB start. It came in Baltimore and was the last no hitter pitched in old Memorial Park. The Sox won the game 7-0.
2003 -coach was killed in a car accident in Minnesota. He was 66 years old. Brooks was famous for coaching the 1980 US Olympic team to a gold medal in what has come to be known as the Miracle On Ice. He also coached the Minnesota North Stars, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils and the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL. He returned to coach the US Olympic team to a silver medal in 2002.