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This Day in Sports History: June 25

This Day in Sports History: June 25

This Day in Sports History: June 25

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 25 is the day in which a great NFL career was cut short by tragedy and the San Antonio Spurs drafted a player who led them to a title two years to the day later.

1939: British racecar driver Richard Seaman died of burns after his car caught fire after crashing into a tree during the Belgian Grand Prix.

1947: Jimmy Doyle died of severe head trauma from an eighth-round knockout by Sugar Ray Robinson at the Cleveland Arena. Robinson gave the earnings from his next four fights to Doyle's mother.

1948: Joe Louis successfully defended his heavyweight championship with an 11th-round knockout of Jersey Joe Walcott at Yankee Stadium. It was Louis' 25th and last title defense.

1979: The NBA Draft was held at New York's Plaza Hotel. The Los Angeles Lakers selected Michigan State point guard Magic Johnson with the first pick, the New York Knicks took San Francisco Center Bill Cartwright with the third, and the Milwaukee Bucks got Arkansas guard Sidney Moncrief with the fifth.

1992: Jerome Brown died in a car accident in Brooksville, Florida, at 27. The Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle had been named first-team All-Pro for the second season in a row, and the franchise retired his No. 99 before the first game of the 1992 season.

1997: The NBA Draft was held at the Charlotte Coliseum. The San Antonio Spurs selected Wake Forest center Tim Duncan with the first pick, and the Toronto Raptors took Mt. Zion Christian Academy (Durham, N.C.) forward Tracy McGrady with the ninth.

1999: Tim Duncan scored 31 points as the San Antonio Spurs beat the New York Knicks 78-77 to win the NBA Finals in five games. Duncan was named the Finals MVP.

— 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.