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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”.
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…
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 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 20th 1993: On this Day in Sports History… Michael Jordan scored 33 points and pulled down 8 rebounds as the Chicago Bulls closed out the NBA finals on the road beating the Phoenix Suns 99-98 to win the series 4-2. This was their third straight championship, and they were the first team to accomplish this feat since Bill Russell’s Celtics. Michael was spectacular throughout, but it was John Paxson who hit the key three with 5 seconds left to take the one point lead. This would be the closest Charles Barkley would ever get to a championship, and was the third of Jordan’s six titles.