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This Day in Sports History: April 22

This Day in Sports History: April 22

This Day in Sports History: April 22

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, April 22 is a day that marked the start of America's pastime and the tragic death of a former NFL star who gave up his playing career to serve his country.

1876: The Boston Red Stockings beat the Philadelphia Athletics 6-5 at Philadelphia’s Jefferson Street Grounds in the first game in National League history. This is considered by historians to be the beginning of Major League Baseball.

1929: The Chicago Cubs shut out the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 at Wrigley Field, extending their streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 26.

1949: Spencer Haywood was born in Silver City, Mississippi. He went on to win a gold medal with the U.S. Men’s Basketball team at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City and an NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers during his Hall of Fame career.

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1956: Race car driver Walt Faulkner died in a crash during a qualifying round at a United States Auto Club Stock Car event in Vallejo, California.

1967: The New York Yankees Hall of Fame opened in Yankee Stadium.

1984: Herschel Walker rushed for 152 yards and a touchdown as the USFL's New Jersey Generals scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to beat the Pittsburgh Maulers 14-10 at Three Rivers Stadium.

2004: Pat Tillman, who left his career with Arizona Cardinals to serve in the U.S. Army Rangers, was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan.

2012: The Philadelphia Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 at the Wells Fargo Center to win the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals 4-2.

— Compiled 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.