Today in Sports History: August 7th

8/07/1999 - Boggs hits historic homer

Wade Boggs, playing for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, hits a home run off Indians' pitcher Chris Haney to give him 3,000 for his career. It was the first time a player hit a home run for his 3,000th hit and was the first notable moment in the history of the D-Rays. Boggs would be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005, however there was a controversy as to which cap Boggs would go in with. Having played most of his career with the Yankees and Red Sox, the Hall of Fame decided that he would go in with a Red Sox cap, having spent 11 of his 18 seasons in Beantown.

8/07/2004 - Maddux gets historic win

Greg Maddux gets the 300th win of his career as his Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants, 8-4. In an era where more home runs were hit than ever before, Maddux got by with one of the slowest fastballs in the game. He utilized his control to perfection and never walked more than 82 men in a season; from 1992 to 1995, he won four consecutive Cy Young Awards, a feat not answered until Randy Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbacks did it in 2002.

Maddux finished with 355 wins, one ahead of Roger Clemens for the most ever by a player to start their career after World War II. Maddux won at least 15 games in 17 straight years and at least 10 games in 20 straight years. On top of all that, he was widely hailed as the greatest defensive pitcher of all time and won 18 Gold Gloves in his career.

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