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August 1st 1991: On This Day in Sports History… Reggie Jackson was inducted to the MLB hall of fame. The guy may have spent more of his prime in Oakland, but he will always be remembered as a Yankee, especially because of his legendary performance in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series when he had three home runs to clinch the series.
July 23rd 1995: On this Day in Sports History… John Daly beat Constantino Rocca in a playoff to capture the 1995 British Open, his second career major championship. Unfortunately, this would be the peak of John’s career, and he would never come close to reaching these heights again. Despite his considerable talent, Daly fell off the golf map pretty quickly because of his excessive drinking and weight. However, Daly still has quite a cult following because he represents the everyman golfer, I mean check out his mullet in this video…definitely screams “everyman”.
This Day In Sports History: July 18th 1927… On This day in sports history, Ty Cobb set a Major League Baseball record by recording his 4,000th hit of his career. He would eventually go on to finish his career with 4,191 hits when he retired in 1928.
This incredible accomplishment is still widely known and appreciated in the world of sports, especially baseball where since retiring, only one man has ever been able to record more hits then Cobb in their career which is Pete Rose with 4,256.
July 17th 1994: On this Day in Sports History… Brazil beats Italy in a shootout to win their 4th world cup. Led by star striker Romario and star defender Jorginho, this winning team is considered one of the best national squads in the history of Brazil.
July 16th 1941: On this Day in Sports History… Joe DiMaggio went 3 for 4, in what would be the 56th and final game of his historic hitting streak. Joltin’ Joe had one of the more illustrious careers in baseball history, with countless accomplishments. But its this one, the 56 game hitting streak, that he is most remembered for today, actually, maybe him marrying Marilyn Monroe warrants some mention too…
June 11th 1914: On This Day In Sports History… It’s hard to believe that this was almost 100 years ago but today marks the debut of one of the greatest ball players to ever live and is responsible for breaking records, starting a curse, and the man who “helped build Yankee Stadium.” If only players were traded for the same price today as he was 95 years ago.
July 10th 1999: On This Day In Sports History… On this day in 1999, the famous Women’s National soccer team defeated the Chinese in a penalty shootout to win the 1999 Women’s World Cup. An amazing team achieving amazing goals with the help of star players Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy.
July 9th 2000: On this Day in Sports History… Pete Sampras defeated Patrick Rafter to win his record 7th Wimbledon and 13th Major title. At the time, both achievements cemented his status as the best men’s tennis player of the Grand Slam Era, which is ironic since just yesterday Roger Federer won his 17th Major Title and tied Sampras with his seventh Wimbledon to further his case as the superior player. Regardless of which player you prefer, it is remarkable how dominant both men were at Wimbledon, arguably the greatest major of them all.
July 2nd 1994: On this Day in Sports History… Colombian soccer player Andres Escobar was shot to death in Medellin, just ten days after scoring an own goal in the World Cup. This is an extremely sad story, one that was masterfully told in the documentary The Two Escobars.
June 28th 1997: This Day In Sports History… For today’s moment back in sports history we tribute one of the strangest, craziest, most odd moment in sports as Mike Tyson bit off a piece of Evander Holyfield’s ear. Hopefully we never see anything like this ever again as we are all still scared from this. Enjoy the footage.
June 27th 1988: On this Day in Sports History… Iron Mike Tyson knocks out Michael Spinks in Atlantic City. After this victory, Tyson officially held all the titles he could as a heavyweight and staked his claim as the best boxer alive. I have to say, this video impresses me. We may still have hall of fame boxers now such as Mayweather or Pacquiao but they are both welterweights. They can’t pack a punch like Iron Mike. He knocked out Spinks in 91 SECONDS. In his day, he truly was a legendary boxer.
June 26th 1979: On This Day In Sports History… Not a day that people like to remember as I’m sure everyone would of loved for this man to fight for as many years as possible but on this day in 1979, Muhammed Ali formally announced his retirement from Heavyweight boxing at the age of 37 after an eventful, distinguished career.
June 25th 1918: On This Day in Sports History… Babe Ruth becomes the second player in baseball history to hit a home run in four consecutive games.
June 19th 1967: On this Day in Sports History… Muhammad Ali was convicted for refusing induction to the US army. On religious grounds, Ali had refused to join the army after being drafted. His heavyweight title was stripped, along with his boxing license, but he never succumbed to the outside pressures. Athletes now a days mostly try to stay away from controversy or politics, even Michael Jordan once said “Republicans buy sneakers too”, when addressed about his political beliefs. But Ali was different, and would not go to Vietnam despite being labeled a traitor and a coward. This conviction is a negative moment in his life, but its 45th anniversary is a perfect time to appreciate Ali for his uniqueness as an athlete and an icon.
June 18th 2000: On this Day in Sports History… Tiger Woods finished off probably the best performance in Golf History. With a score of 15 under and a four round total of 272 strokes, Tiger Woods captured his 3rd Major Championship and first US Open by winning at Pebble Beach. To this day, this is Tiger Woods’s signature performance. Lets hope Woods returns to this level, because lets face it, the Open was pretty boring yesterday without Tiger in the hunt.