Pedro Martinez

September 3, 2007: Pedro Martinez becomes the 15th pitcher in MLB history to reach 3,000 strikeouts.

Playing for the Mets, Martinez reaches the milestone when he gets Reds pitcher Aaron Harang swinging.

It was just the first of five starts all season for Martinez, who was returning after rotator cuff surgery.

After one more season with the Mets and another with the Phillies, Martinez finished with 3,154 strikeouts. He ranks 13th on the all-time list.

Northwestern Notre Dame

September 2, 1995: Northwestern, a 28-point underdog, stages one of college football's most memorable upsets with a 17-15 win at Notre Dame.

The Fighting Irish were ranked No. 9 and had a 14-game winning streak against Northwestern that stretched back to 1962. Entering this game, Northwestern hadn't had a winning season since 1971.

Running back Darnell Autry led Northwestern with 160 yards on 33 carries while Steve Schnur threw two touchdown passes. Schnur's 26-yard connection to D'Wayne Bates extended Northwestern's lead to 17-9 in the third quarter.

Randy Kinder's touchdown run for Notre Dame with six minutes left cut the lead to 17-15. But the ensuing two-point conversion attempt ended with quarterback Ron Powlus stumbling to the ground after stepping on a teammate.

Notre Dame had one more possession, but Northwestern stopped the Irish on a 4-and-2 play near midfield.

The Wildcats went on to win the Big Ten championship and reached the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1949. Gary Barnett won multiple coach of the year awards, and linebacker Pat Fitzgerald was the national defensive player of the year.

For more about Northwestern's remarkable 1995 season, read this excerpt of safety Matt Stewart's memoir.

Eric Dickerson

Eric Dickerson was born September 2, 1954.

After forming the Pony Express backfield with Craig James at SMU, Dickerson was the second overall pick in 1983 NFL draft behind John Elway.

Dickerson, who played the first four-plus season of his career with the Rams, holds the NFL single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards, set in 1984.

He was AP first-team All-Pro five times and led the league in rushing in 1983, 1984, 1986 and 1988.

At the time of his retirement in 1993, his 13,259 yards rushing ranked second on the all-time list behind Walter Payton.

Dickerson entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the Rams have retired his No. 29.

Mark McGwire

September 1, 1998: St. Louis slugger Mark McGwire hits his NL-record 57th home run.

McGwire broke a 68-year-old record, previously held by Hack Wilson, with his 56th and 57th home runs of the year in a 7-1 win against the Marlins. The homers came with nearly a month left in the MLB regular season, underscoring the incredible pace McGwire set that year.

At the end of the day, the Cardinals slugger was two home runs ahead of Sammy Sosa in the race for the single-season home run record. The record of 61, held at that time by former Yankee Roger Maris, wascrushed by both players by season's end.

McGwire, of course, finished the season with a remarkable 70 home runs, setting the mark in his final at-bat of the regular season:

While revelations that McGwire used performance-enhancing drugs would later surface, thus tarnishing his legacy and the prestige of his achievements, his home run marks have never been rescinded. McGwire held the record until it was broken years later by Giants slugger Barry Bonds, who pushed the mark to 73.

Rocky Marciano

Rocky Marciano was born September 1, 1923.

While his first name is better-known in popular culture as the namesake of the "Rocky" boxing franchise, Marciano was a star long before Sylvester Stallone adopted the name.

Known for incredible stamina and a broad, sturdy chin, Marciano set standards that haven't been matched even today. He remains the only person to win a heavyweight title and never lose or tie a match. He held the title for nearly four years, defended the belt successfully on six separate occasions.

He retired from boxing with a perfect 49-0 record, winning 43 by knockout. His 87.75 knockout percentage is also the best in professional boxing history.

Muhammad Ali held Marciano in such high regard that he isn't sure he could have beaten the boxer in his prime:

Marciano and Ali had a friendly relationship in the 1960s, with Marciano once insisting that he could beat Ali even a decade after his retirement. Unfortunately, Marciano's life was cut short: In August 1969, one day before his 46th birthday, a small plane carrying Marciano crashed amid bad weather.

In the wake of his tragic loss, Marciano is remembered as one of the greatest boxers in history.

Larry Fitzgerald

Larry Fitzgerald was born August 31, 1983.

After finishing runner-up to Oklahoma quarterback Jason White for the 2003 Heisman Trophy as a receiver at Pittsburgh, Fitzgerald was a first-round pick of the Cardinals.

He became a perennial Pro Bowl receiver and led the league with 103 catches in 2005.

Fitzgerald helped the Cardinals reach the Super Bowl in the 2008 season in which he led the league with 12 touchdown receptions.

He had two touchdowns in the team's 27–23 loss to the Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII. His 64-yarder from Kurt Warner gave Arizona a 23-20 lead with less than three minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Jeff Bagwell

August 31, 1990: Looking for a veteran reliever for the stretch run, the Red Sox acquire Larry Andersen from the Astros for prospect Jeff Bagwell.

The Red Sox went on to win the A.L. East, and Anderson registered a 1.23 ERA in 15 appearances for Boston. But Andersen left for San Diego after the season as a free agent.

Bagwell became a star in Houston. He was the 1994 N.L. MVP and finished career with 449 home runs and a .297 batting average. He has received more than 50 percent of the vote in five of the six years he has been eligible for the Hall of Fame.

Robert Parish was born August 30, 1953.

Parish helped the Celtics win NBA titles in 1981, 1984 and 1986. At the end of his career, he earned another ring as a reserve for the Bulls in 1997.

The Chief, Kevin McHale and Larry Bird comprised the Celtics' Big Three frontcourt that also reached the NBA Finals in 1985 and 1987.

Drafted in the first round by the Warriors in 1976, Parish was dealt to the Celtics in 1980. The trade included a draft pick that Boston used to draft McHale. The Warriors got the top overall pick through the trade and took Joe Barry Carroll.

Parish, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003, is the NBA's all-time leader in games played with 1,611.

Reggie Cobb

August 30, 1987: Tennessee beats Iowa 23-22 in the Kickoff Classic at Giants Stadium as Phil Reich kicks a 20-yard field goal with three seconds left.

Reich had three field goals, but the Volunteers' biggest star of the day was running back Reggie Cobb.

Playing his first college game, Cobb rushed for 142 yards in 25 carries. Cobb played seven NFL seasons, and rushed for 1,171 yards with the Buccaneers in 1992.

Tennessee went 10–2–1 on the season. It was ranked No. 14 in the final AP poll after beating Indiana in the Peach Bowl.

Florida State

August 28, 1993: Florida State opens its season with a 42-0 win against Kansas in the Kickoff Classic held at the Meadowlands in New Jersey.

The Seminoles went on to win the national championship this season. They finished 12-1 after beating Nebraska in the Orange Bowl. Quarterback Charlie Ward won the Heisman Trophy.

Against Kansas, linebacker Derrick Brooks was named the game's most outstanding player. The Seminoles were leading by a touchdown in the second quarter when the Jayhawks had four plays from the Florida State 1-yard line but failed to score.

Ron Guidry

Ron Guidry was born August 28, 1950.

Guidry spent his 14-year MLB career with the Yankees and helped reach three World Series, winning in 1977 and 1978.

Guidry's 1978 season was one of the most dominating in MLB history. He went 25-3 with a 1.74 ERA, nine shutouts, 248 strikeouts and a WHIP of 0.946. His 18-strikeout performance against the Angels in June is cited as the start of the tradition for fans to clap when an opposing hitter had two strikes.

Guidry won the Yankees' one-game playoff at Boston for the American League title.

In the World Series, the Yankees lost the first two games at Dodger Stadium. Guidry, with defensive help from Graig Nettles at third, won Game 3 and the Yankees went on to repeat as champions.

Guidry had a career record of 170-91 with a 3.29 ERA. He won five consecutive Gold Gloves starting in 1982.

Darren McFadden

Darren McFadden was born August 27, 1987.

At Arkansas, McFadden finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting twice, with the award going to Troy Smith of Ohio State (2006) and Tim Tebow of Florida (2007).

In the 2008 NFL draft, McFadden went fourth overall to the Raiders.

McFadden spent seven seasons in Oakland, then signed with the Cowboys in 2015.

McFadden's third season, 2010, was his most productive. It was the only time he rushed for more than 1,000 yards, finishing with 1,157 and seven touchdowns, along with 47 catches for 507 receiving yards.

In 2011, McFadden had his best season in terms of yards per carry at 5.2 and was leading the league in rushing with 610 yards through six weeks. But a foot injury in Week 7 knocked him out for the rest of the season.

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