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This Day in Sports History: May 11

This Day in Sports History: May 11

This Day in Sports History: May 11

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, May 11 is a day in which "Dr. J" made his signature play and a beloved baseball movie was released in theaters.

1971: The Los Angeles Dodgers recorded 11 hits in a 6-1 win over the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium. The victory was part of a run where the Dodgers recorded 46 hits over four games but lost three of them.

1980: Philadelphia 76ers forward Julius Erving completed his "Baseline Move" in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4 of the NBA Finals at The Spectrum. "Dr. J" and the 76ers won 105-102 to even the series at 2-2, but lost in six games.

1984: "The Natural" was released in theaters. The movie about a baseball phenom (Robert Redford) boasted an unforgettable score and grossed $48 million.

1985: A fire at Valley Parade Stadium in Bradford, England, killed 56 spectators and injured more than 260. The fire broke out in the main stand during a game between Bradford City and Lincoln City and quickly engulfed the entire stand because of heavy winds. The Bradford City stadium fire prompted many British soccer clubs to modernize their playing venues.

1989: Cam Newton was born in Atlanta. As a quarterback, he has won a Heisman Trophy and a national championship with Auburn and was named the 2015 NFL MVP with the Carolina Panthers.

1996: Eight people were reported killed after being caught in a storm during their descent after summiting Mount Everest. The tragedy was the basis for the book, Into Thin Air, and the movie, "Everest."

1997: Deep Blue, a chess-playing computer developed by IBM, beat Garry Kasparov, becoming the first computer to beat a reigning world champion in a match under standard chess tournament rules.

— Compiled 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.