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This Day in Sports History: June 9

This Day in Sports History: June 9

This Day in Sports History: June 9

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 9 is a day in which Secretariat made his most dominant run and Magic Johnson hit his most famous hook shot. 

1973: Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes by an unprecedented 31 lengths to complete the most dominant Triple Crown run of all time.

1978: The NBA Draft was held in New York City and the Boston Celtics took Larry Bird with the sixth pick even though he had a year left at Indiana State. In Las Vegas, Larry Holmes won the WBC heavyweight title with a 15-round split decision over Ken Norton at Caesar’s Palace. The fight came down to the 15th round, which was one of the best in boxing history.

1987: Magic Johnson hit a hook shot with two seconds left as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Boston Celtics 107-106 at the Boston Garden in game four of the NBA Finals. The win gave the Lakers a 3-1 lead, and they won in six games.

1993: The Montreal Canadiens beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 at the Montreal Forum to win the Stanley Cup in five games. This is the last time a team from Canada has won the Stanley Cup.  

2001: The Colorado Avalanche beat the New Jersey Devils at the Pepsi Center to win the Stanley Cup Finals in seven games. It was also the final game for Avalanche defenceman Ray Bourque, who won his first Stanley Cup of a historic 22-season career.

2009: The MLB Draft was held at the MLB Network studios in Seacaucus, New Jersey. The Washington Nationals took pitcher Stephen Strasburg with the first pick and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim selected outfielder Mike Trout with the 25th.

2010: Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane scored a hard-to-see goal to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 in overtime at the Wachovia Center to win the Stanley Cup Finals in six games. The play is known as the "Phantom Goal."

— 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.