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This Day in Sports History: April 23

This Day in Sports History: April 23

This Day in Sports History: April 23

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 23 is a day on which one of the greatest left-handed pitchers in baseball history was born and one of the most dominant centers in basketball history asserted himself in the NBA playoffs.

1916: Former heavyweight champion Jack Johnson knocked out Arthur Craven in the sixth round at Plaza de Toros Monumental in Barcelona.

1921: Warren Spahn was born in Buffalo, New York. The southpaw went on to win 363 games, strike out 2,583 batters, and record two no-hitters during his Hall of Fame career. His 63 career shutouts are the highest of the live-ball era.

1948: Ted Williams returned from a bout of appendicitis to hit a home run and two singles in a 4-0 Boston Red Sox win over the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

1955: The Chicago White Sox hit seven home runs in a 29-6 shellacking of the Kansas City Athletics at Municipal Stadium.

1969: A Harris survey found that a majority of Americans consider football their "national pastime" instead of baseball.

1986: Fernando Valenzuela struck out 10 batters and singled in a run as the Los Angeles Dodgers snapped the San Francisco Giants six-game win streak with a 6-4 win at Candlestick Park.

2000: Shaquille O'Neal scored 46 points, snagged 17 rebounds, and blocked five shots as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Sacramento Kings 117-107 to take a 1-0 lead in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

— 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.