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This Day in Sports History: June 17

This Day in Sports History: June 17

This Day in Sports History: June 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, June 17 is the day in which the NBA Finals were interrupted for a police chase that shocked the country and one of baseball's all-time greats recorded his 500th homer.

1954: Rocky Marciano successfully defended his heavyweight title with a 15-round unanimous decision over Ezzard Charles at Yankee Stadium. Charles was the only fighter to ever last 15 rounds with Marciano.

1960: Ted Williams hit his 500th home run as the Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 3-1 at Municipal Stadium.

1966: James Oliver, Fred Nauyoks, and Hazel Tanis were murdered in a shooting at the Lafayette Bar and Grill in Paterson, New Jersey. Middleweight boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter was wrongfully convicted of the murders and released through a petition of habeas corpus in 1985.

1994: NBC interrupted its coverage of Game 5 of the NBA Finals to cover the Los Angeles Police Department's pursuit of O.J. Simpson in a white Ford Bronco on the L.A. freeway. Simpson was subsequently arrested for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman at his home in Brentwood and the New York Knicks beat the Houston Rockets 91-84 at Madison Square Garden to take a 3-2 lead in the series.

2000: LSU beat Stanford 6-5 at Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium to win the program's fifth College World Series in 10 years.

2008: Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett each scored 26 points as the Boston Celtics beat the Los Angeles Lakers 131-92 to win the NBA Finals in six games. After the game, Garnett screamed "Anything is possible!" to the rafters.

2010: Kobe Bryant scored 10 points in the fourth quarter as the Los Angeles Lakers came back to beat the Boston Celtics 83-79 at the Staples Center in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. The win gave Bryant his fifth title.

— 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.