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This Day in Sports History: July 2

This Day in Sports History: July 2

This Day in Sports History: July 2

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 2 is a day in which one of baseball's greatest pitching duels took place and NASCAR, MLB, and soccer all lost one of their greats at too young an age.

1903: Washington Senators left fielder Ed Delahanty drowned after falling in the Niagara River. He had been kicked off a train after drunkenly threatening passengers with a straight razor and his body was found at the bottom of Niagara Falls two weeks later. The 35-year-old Delahanty batted over .400 three times and his career .346 average is the fifth highest in MLB history. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945 by the Old-Timers Committee (now the Veterans Committee).

1934: Lou Gehrig hit a two-run home run as the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 5-0 at Yankee Stadium. The win was the Yankees' eighth straight victory.

1963: San Francisco Giants pitcher Juan Marichal and Milwaukee Braves pitcher Warren Spahn engaged in one of MLB's greatest duels with the Giants winning 1-0 at Candlestick Park. Marichal pitched 16 scoreless innings, while Spahn pitched 15 and 1/3 before Willie Mays ended the game with a home run.

1964: NASCAR driver Edward Glenn "Fireball" Roberts Jr. died in Charlotte, North Carolina, from complications from a crash at the World 600 on May 24 that burnt 80 percent of his body. He was 35. Ironically, he got his nickname from his fastball as an amateur pitcher.

1984: Birmingham Stallions running back Joe Cribbs rushed for 112 yards in a 36-17 win over the Steve Spurrier-coached Tampa Bay Bandits at Legion Field in the divisional round of the USFL playoffs.

1994: Colombian soccer player Andres Escobar was shot to death outside the El Indio nightclub in Medellin. The murder of the 27-year-old Escobar is believed to have been in retaliation for his own goal against the United States that contributed to Colombia's elimination from the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

— 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.