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This Day in Sports History: May 18

This Day in Sports History: May 18

This Day in Sports History: May 18

The history of sports is both vast and rich, thanks to the existence of so many different ones and the longevity associated with them. With so much history to cull through, Athlon Sports wanted to offer the opportunity to look back and see what memorable things happened or milestones were reached on a specific date.

With that in mind, May 18 is a day in which a bad call resulted in major NBA playoffs implications and Randy Johnson became the oldest player to achieve pitching greatness.

1953: Racing pilot Jackie Cochran became the first woman to break the sound barrier. She accomplished the feat flying over Rogers Dry Lake, California.

1963: Ernie Davis died of leukemia in Cleveland, Ohio, at the age of 23. In 1961, the Syracuse running back became the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy.

1971: The Montreal Canadiens beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 at Chicago Stadium to win Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The championship was even more remarkable because Montreal lost the first two games of the Finals.

1983: Bill Stein's pinch-hit in the 14th inning with the bases loaded gave the Texas Rangers a 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians at Arlington Stadium.

1994: Down 86-85 to the Chicago Bulls with 2.1 seconds left in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Madison Square Garden, New York Knicks guard Hubert Davis attempted a three-pointer that was defended by Bulls forward Scottie Pippen. The shot missed, but referee Hue Hollins called a foul on Pippen. The replay showed that Pippen touched Davis after he released the shot. Nevertheless, Davis made both free throws for the win and a 3-2 lead in the series.

2002: Mickey Ward won a 10-round majority decision over Arturo Gatti at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Montville, Connecticut. The bout was named "Fight of the Year" by The Ring magazine because of the relentlessness of both boxers. Ward put Gatti on the canvas in the ninth round, and Gatti got back up, a rarity in boxing. Both fighters needed trauma care after the match, but faced each other two more times with Gatti winning both by majority decision.

2004: Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson struck out 13 batters in a perfect game and 2-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Johnson was 40 at the time, making him the oldest pitcher to ever achieve perfection.

— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports' Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.