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This Day in Sports History: July 17

This Day in Sports History: July 17

This Day in Sports History: July 17

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 13 is a day in which the now-defunct USFL held its first championship game and Bob Gibson became the first pitcher of the modern baseball era to record 3,000 strikeouts.

1965: Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Bob Veale threw a wild pitch against the Milwaukee Braves, allowing Felipe Alou to score the winning run in a 6-5 victory at Milwaukee County Stadium.

1974: St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson joined Walter Johnson as the only players at the time to record 3,000th strikeouts with a punch out of Cincinnati Reds center fielder Cesar Geronimo at Busch Stadium.

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1983: Michigan Panthers quarterback Bobby Hebert hit Anthony Carter with a 48-yard touchdown pass with 3:11 left to beat the Philadelphia Stars 24-22 in the inaugural USFL championship at Mile High Stadium. The Stars went on to win the next two USFL titles.

1994: Brazil beat Italy 3-2 on penalties in the FIFA World Cup Final at the Rose Bowl. The game was tied at 0-0 after extra time and Brazil’s win on penalties secured its fourth World Cup title.

2005: Tony Stewart won the New England 300 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.

2015: Formula One driver Jules Bianchi died while in a coma in Nice, France, at 25. The French racecar driver had been in a coma since Oct. 5, 2014, when he suffered a brain injury from a wreck during the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka.

— 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.