What Happened on August 6, 1988

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • Oakland A's outfielder Jose Canseco becomes 11th MLB player to record 30 HRs & 30 steals in a season
  • Rich Gossage becomes the second player in MLB history to record 300 career saves as Cubs beat Phillies, 7-4
  • The Tompkins Square Park Police Riot in New York City spurs reform of the NYPD, who were responsible for the melee that transpired the night of August 6-7

Famous Deaths

  • Anatoli S Levchenko, cosmonaut (TM-4), dies of brain tumor at 47
  • J Skelly Wright, US judge (anti-segregationist), dies at 77