What’s Happening in Sports: August 2, 2022

2020: Detroit Tigers RP Tyler Alexander recorded the most consecutive strikeouts (9) upon entering the game as a Relief Pitcher in MLB history

2019: Philadelphia Phillies P Vince Velasquez was put in LF in the 14th inning and threw the potential game-winning run out at the plate on a 94.7 MPH assist and then made a 5-star catch in the 15th (via Statcast)

2001: Houston Rockets traded HOF C Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon to the Raptors for a 1st and 2nd round pick

1982: Oakland Athletics OF Rickey Henderson stole his 100th base of the season, becoming the very 1st player in MLB history with multiple 100-steal seasons

1970: Baltimore Orioles defeated the Kansas City Royals for their 23rd consecutive victory in the series, an MLB record that still stands today

1968: After being involved in a 6-player trade between the teams in February, Washington Senators SS Ron Hansen and White Sox 2B Tim Cullen were traded for each other, becoming the very 1st pair to be swapped for each other multiple times during the same season in MLB history

1921: The Black Sox Scandal defendants were found not guilty, but Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis proceeded to ban all 8 players (Shoeless Joe Jackson, Eddie Cicotte, Chick Gandil, Swede Risberg, Buck Weaver, Claude “Lefty” Williams, “Happy” Felsch and Fred McMullin) for life