On this day: August 30

Published On: Aug 29 2012 03:42:57 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 30 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

The vacuum is invented, Ty Cobb makes his major-league debut, Bob Dylan releases "Highway 61 Revisited," and Thurgood Marshall is confirmed as the first black justice on the Supreme Court, all on this day.

OTD August 30 - Ted Williams
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Baseball Digest [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

1918: Hall of Fame baseball player Ted Williams, who played his entire 22-year Major League Baseball career as the left fielder for the Boston Red Sox, is born in San Diego, California. A 19-time All-Star and two-time American League Most Valuable Player winner, Williams led the league in batting six times and won the Triple Crown twice. He was the last MLB player to bat over .400 in a season (.406 in 1941) and had a career batting average of .344 with 521 home runs. He died of cardiac arrest at age 83 on July 5, 2002.

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