Today in History: August 4

Some achievements in sports are noteworthy for being firsts or lasts or mosts, and other achievements are more trivial, are simply items in the news that make people remember something about any given August 4, or perhaps the August 4 that took place in 1982.

Among fans of the New York Mets, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, and Montreal Expos, the date August 4, 1982, and the name Joel Youngblood will forever be linked. He awoke that day an outfielder for the Mets and went to bed that night an Expo. Now, many baseball players have been traded mid-season; it is happening right now. Youngblood got a hit for two different teams in two different games in two different cities in one day, however, and he remains the only player to have ever accomplished this.

Youngblood singled in the third at a day game at Wrigley Field in Chicago, was told during the game that he had been traded to the Expos, flew to Philadelphia, where the Expos were playing the Phillies, arrived while the game was underway, and singled in the seventh inning. His box score for the day: two hits in three at-bats, with two runs batted in for the Mets in the first game.

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Melvyn Douglas died 35 years ago today.

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Louis Vuitton was born on this date in 1821. Walter Pater was born on this date in 1839. Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was born on this date in 1900. Louis Armstrong was born on this date in 1901. Raoul Wallenberg was born on this date in 1912. Helen Thomas was born on this date in 1920. Maureen Starkey was born 70 years ago today.

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Dallas Green is 82. Richard Belzer is 72. Billy Bob Thornton is 61. President Barack Obama is 55.

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