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This Day in Sports History: April 29

This Day in Sports History: April 29

This Day in Sports History: April 29

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 29 is a day in which pitching greatness was achieved and two different riots impacted the sports world.

1970: Los Angeles Lakers guard Jerry West hit a 60-foot buzzer-beater against the New York Knicks to send Game 3 of the NBA Finals into overtime at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks ultimately won the game 112-108.

1986: Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens recorded 20 strikeouts against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park, becoming the first to accomplish this in a nine-inning game.

1992: The Los Angeles police officers charged with excessively beating Rodney King were acquitted and the L.A. riots began. Over the next five days, 63 people were killed, and hundreds of buildings were destroyed. The Los Angeles Dodgers had to cancel four games and the Clippers and the Lakers had to move their home playoff games.

2007: St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock was killed in a car wreck in St. Louis.

2011: Zach Randolph scored 31 points as the eight-seeded Memphis Grizzlies upset the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs 99-91 at the FedEx Forum. With the win, the Grizzlies also won the First Round of the NBA Playoffs 4-2.

2015: The Baltimore Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox 8-2 with no fans in attendance at Camden Yards because of the riots in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray.

— 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.