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This Day in Sports History: July 14

This Day in Sports History: July 14

This Day in Sports History: July 14

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, July 14 is a day in which a Tour de France winner was killed in World War I and Pete Rose showed what he was willing to do to win an exhibition game.

1917: Octave Lapize died in a hospital it Toul, France, after his fighter plane was shot down near the town of Flirey. The winner of the 1910 Tour de France was 29.

1969: George Mikan resigned as commissioner of the American Basketball Association because the Minneapolis Lakers great did not want to leave his home in Minneapolis to move with the league to New York City.

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1970: Pete Rose barreled into catcher Ray Fosse to score the game-winning run in the 12th inning of the MLB All-Star Game at Riverfront Stadium. Fosse was attempting to tag Rose out at home plate when he violently collided with him causing him to drop the ball. Both players were injured, and Rose was criticized for an act that was considered unnecessary for an exhibition game.

1985: The Baltimore Stars beat the Oakland Invaders 28-24 in the USFL Championship Game at Giants Stadium. It was the second straight championship for the Stars, who were coached by Jim E. Mora.

1996: Jeff Krosnoff was killed when his car made wheel-to-wheel contact with another car and went flying over the catch fence, crashing into a tree and light post at the Molson Indy Toronto at the city's Exhibition Place. He was 31.

2004: The Phoenix Suns re-signed Steve Nash. The point guard played his first two seasons in Phoenix and then spent 1998-2004 with the Dallas Mavericks. After returning to the Suns, Nash was named the league MVP in 2005 and '06.

— 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.