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This Day in Sports History: June 14

This Day in Sports History: June 14

This Day in Sports History: June 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, June 14 is a day in which a journeyman baseball player achieved MLB mortality and Michael Jordan went out on top.

1953: Race car driver Tom Cole died at the 24 Hours of Le Mans when he lost control of his Ferrari and crashed into a wooden hut. He was ejected from his car and killed instantly.

1987: Tim Richmond won the Miller High Life 500 by eight lengths over Bill Elliott at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Richmond was already suffering from AIDS, and it would be the second-to-last race that he won.

1990: Isiah Thomas scored 29 points and Bill Laimbeer pulled 17 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons beat the Portland Trail Blazers 92-90 at the Memorial Coliseum to win the NBA Finals in five games. It marked the second consecutive championship for Detroit.

1994: After their Canucks lost to the New York Rangers in game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals, fans rioted in downtown Vancouver, causing 200 injuries and $1.1 million in Canadian dollars in damages.

1995: San Francisco Giants infielder Mike Benjamin recorded six hits in a 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The six hits were part of a run in which Benjamin made an MLB-record 14 hits in three consecutive games. At The Summit in Houston, Hakeem Olajuwon scored 35 points and snagged 15 rebounds and Clyde Drexler made nine assists as the Rockets beat Shaquille O’Neal and the Orlando Magic 113-101 to win the NBA Finals in four games.

1998: Michael Jordan scored 45 points and hit the game-winning shot with 5.2 seconds left as the Chicago Bulls beat the Utah Jazz 87-86 at the Delta Center to win the NBA Finals in six games. The win marked the Bulls second three-peat as champions.

2017: James Hodgkinson shot U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), U.S. Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner, congressional aide Zack Barth, and lobbyist Matt Mika during a morning practice for the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity in Alexandria, Virginia. Capitol and Alexandria Police killed Hodgkinson after a 10-minute shootout. All the victims were treated and eventually recovered, and the game was played the next night.

— 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.