By Pro Sports Outlook, The Front Office for Fans
Jul 31, 2021

July 31st, 2021 was highlighted by Kevin Durant becoming the all-time leading scorer in USA Olympics history, passing Carmelo Anthony. Cleveland Browns extended RB Nick Chubb on a 3y/$37M deal while the division-rival Baltimore Ravens added to their impressive EDGE group with the signing of veteran Justin Houston. Anthony Rizzo is enjoying an all-time start to his Yankees career while Javy Baez’s first game as a Met ended in a walk-off thanks to his HR to kickstart the comeback. White Sox Catcher Seby Zavala had a historic 3-HR game.

See what happened in sports on July 31st last year, headlined by the NBA’s first full day back since the season was suspended in March. This daily sports article includes real headlines only (no clickbait rumors), all of the best highlights, interesting facts from around the NFL, NBA, & MLB, the main games to watch, top performances of the day, notable birthdays, and a quick recap of significant events on this day in sports history. 

Heim ends clutch encounter

Drury walks it off for Mets Win

Zavala setting MLB history

KD makes US MBB history

Cabrera cranks in the GW run

Pirates walked off Philly in PA

Celtics completed the Big 3 OTD

Happy bday to DeMarcus Ware

STL acquired McGwire OTD

Mega Manny Ramirez trade OTD

Happy bday to AJ Green

RIP to Jose Fernandez on bday

Greinke traded to the ‘Stros OTD

Happy bday to Jonathan Ogden



NBA: SF Hamidou Diallo, Free Agent (turns 23)

NBA: C Thomas Bryant, Washington Wizards (24)

NFL: WR Scott Miller, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (24)

NFL: DE William Gholston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (30)

MLB: SP Jose Fernandez, Last played in 2016 (29)

NFL: WR AJ Green, Arizona Cardinals (33)

NFL: LB Brian Orakpo, Retired after 2018 (35)

NFL: EDGE DeMarcus Ware, Retired after 2016 (39)

NFL: OL Jonathan Ogden, Hall of Fame (47)

2019: Arizona Diamondbacks traded SP Zack Greinke to the Houston Astros for 4 prospects including SP Corbin Martin and OF Seth Beer

2018: Tampa Bay Rays traded SP Chris Archer to the Pittsburgh Pirates for SP Tyler Glasnow and OF Austin Meadows

2017: Texas Rangers sent SP Yu Darvish to the Los Angeles Dodgers for 3 prospects including OF Willie Calhoun

2016: Cleveland Indians acquired RP Andrew Miller from the New York Yankees for 4 prospects that included OF Clint Frazier and SP Justus Sheffield

2015: New York Mets landed OF Yoenis Cespedes from Detroit in exchange for SP Michael Fulmer

2014: As part of a 3-team trade, the Detroit Tigers acquired SP David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays for SS Willy Adames and SP Drew Smyly

2010: San Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians, and St. Louis Cardinals completed a 4-player trade that sent SP Corey Kluber to the Indians

2008: Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, and Pittsburgh Pirates completed a 6-player trade that involved OFs Manny Ramirez and Jason Bay

2007: Boston Celtics acquired former MVP PF Kevin Garnett from the Minnesota Timberwolves for what was the largest trade package ever for a single player (5 players and 2 1st-round picks)

1998: Houston Astros acquired SP Randy Johnson from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for 3 prospects

1997: Oakland Athletics traded 1B Mark McGwire to the St. Louis Cardinals for 3 relievers, making his 34 HRs the most all-time by a player involved in a midseason trade

1993: Oakland Athletics traded 34-year-old future HOF OF Rickey Henderson to the Toronto Blue Jays in the midst of 1 of his best seasons (.327/.469/.553/1.023). Henderson struggled offensively in Toronto down the stretch but his defense & base-running helped the Blue Jays win back-to-back Championships, Henderson’s 2nd and final World title

1990: Texas Rangers SP Nolan Ryan recorded the 300th win of his Hall of Fame career

1988: Oakland Athletics OF Jose Canseco hit 2 HRs in a victory over the Seattle Mariners, becoming the very 1st player to record 30 HRs in each of his 1st 3 seasons

1981: The 2nd work stoppage in MLB history ended after 42 days

1978: Cincinnati Reds 3B Pete Rose extended his hitting streak to 44 games in a victory over the Atlanta Braves, tying Willie Keeler’s 81-year-old NL record

1954: Milwaukee Braves 1B Joe Adcock became just the 3rd player this century to hit 4 HRs (Lou Gehrig, Gil Hodges) and added a double en route to an MLB-record 18 total bases in a 15-7 victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers

1909: For the 2nd time in as many years, Chicago White Sox SP Bill Burns had a no-hitter broken up with 2 outs in the 9th inning in a 1-0 victory over the Washington Senators; he was the only pitcher until 1988 to suffer this fate twice (Dave Stieb)





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