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This Day in Sports History: May 16

This Day in Sports History: May 16

This Day in Sports History: May 16

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 16 is a day in which Magic Johnson gave one of the best performances of his career and Steve Yzerman hit one of the most memorable shots in Stanley Cup Playoff history.

1928: Alfred Manuel "Billy" Martin Jr. was born in Berkeley, California. He won five World Series as a second baseman for the New York Yankees and one more as their manager.

1966: Thurman Thomas was born in Houston, Texas. He recorded 12,074 rushing and 4,458 receiving yards in his Hall of Fame career with the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins.

1975: The Montreal Expos and Cincinnati Reds collectively made five errors in the Expos 4-2 win at Jarry Park.

1980: Filling in for an injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson started at center against the Philadelphia 76ers at The Spectrum in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Johnson ultimately played all five positions, scored 42 points, snagged 15 rebounds, and dished out seven assists in a 123-107 win that claimed the NBA title.

1996: In double overtime of Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals, Detroit Red Wings center Steve Yzerman stole the puck from St. Louis Blues center Wayne Gretzky and beat goalie Jon Casey with a slap shot for the win at Joe Louis Arena.

2007: Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels took a perfect game into the seventh inning before walking Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks and giving up a home run to shortstop J. J. Hardy. However, Hamels still got the win with 6-2 Phillies victory at Citizens Bank Park.

2015: American Pharaoh moved ahead in the home stretch to win the Preakness Stakes by seven lengths. He won the Belmont Stakes a month later to earn the Triple Crown.

— 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.