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This Day in Sports History: July 22

This Day in Sports History: July 22

This Day in Sports History: July 22

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 22 is a day in which the first auto race took place and the last living person to have pitched to Babe Ruth passed away.

1894: The first-ever motor race was held in France. Albert Lemaitre won the contest that ran from Paris and Rouen.

1933: Wiley Post landed at Floyd Bennett Field in New York City, having completed the first solo flight around the world.

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1963: Sonny Liston retained the heavyweight title with a first-round knockout of Floyd Patterson at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Liston had won the championship with a first-round knockout of Patterson 10 months earlier.

1979: St. Louis Cardinals tight end J.V. Cain died of heart failure brought on by working out in the intense heat at training camp at Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Missouri. It was his 28th birthday.

1990: American cyclist Greg LeMond won the Tour de France without winning any individual stages. The victory was LeMond's second straight and third overall.

2007: Rollie Stiles died in his sleep in St. Louis at 100. He pitched for three seasons with the St. Louis Browns and was the last living person to have pitched to Babe Ruth.

— 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.