On This Day

What Happened on July 31, 1997

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events


Sports record brokenBaseball Record

A's first baseman Mark McGwire becomes MLB's top home run hitter to be traded in the middle of a season when he moves from Oakland to St. Louis Cardinals (34 home runs and 81 RBI)

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • College Football's all-time winningest coach Eddie Robinson and his Grambling State University program are placed on 2-years' probation for rules violations, including recruiting and academic eligibility

Famous Deaths

  • Edith Fore, pitchwoman (I've fallen and I can't get up!), dies at 81
  • Ulrich Ernst Simon, German-Jewish Anglican theologian, dies at 63