Today is Tuesday, August 20, 2019
- Representatives of four professional football clubs met in the first of two meetings in Canton, Ohio. The meetings led to the founding of the American Professional Football Association. Two years later the APFA officially became the National Football League.
- The National Bowling Association was founded in Detroit, MI. It was the first bowling association in the U.S. for African- Americans.
- Tommy Brown of the Brooklyn Dodgers became the youngest player to hit a home run in a major league ball game. Brown was 17 years, 8 months and 14 days old.
- Cleveland’s Indians and Chicago’s White Sox played at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland before a crowd of 78,382 people. It was the largest crowd to see a nighttime major-league baseball game to date.
- Thomas Herrion (San Francisco 49ers) collapsed and died after a preseason game in Denver.
- A federal grand jury indicted former baseball player Roger Clemens for lying to the U.S. Congress about steroid use. The trial ended in a mistrial.
- In Rio de Janeiro, the U.S. women's basketball team won the gold medal for the sixth consecutive Olympics.
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|Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth|
- Lou Gehrig
July 4, 1939