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This Day in Sports History: May 24

This Day in Sports History: May 24

This Day in Sports History: May 24

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 24 is a day in which baseball played its first night and the Indy 500 had its closest finish to date.

1935: The Cincinnati Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 at Cincinnati's Crosley Field in the first night game in Major League Baseball (MLB) history. Playing under the lights quickly caught on and the terms "day game" and "night game" were coined.

1978: The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Montreal Expos 2-0 at Busch Stadium to snap an 11-game losing streak.

1980: The New York Islanders beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 in overtime at Nassau Coliseum to win the Stanley Cup in six games. It would be the first of four straight Stanley Cups for the Islanders.

1991: Los Angeles Lakers center Vlade Divac scored 16 points, snagged seven rebounds, blocked three shots, and made three steals in a 106-92 win over the Portland Trail Blazers at the Great Western Forum in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. The victory put the Lakers up 2-1 and they won the series in six games.

1992: Al Unser Jr. beat Scott Goodyear by 0.043 seconds to win the Indianapolis 500, making him the third member of the Unser family to win the race. It was the closest Indy 500 finish to date.

2018: President Donald Trump pardoned boxer Jack Johnson for his conviction under the Mann Act in 1913. Johnson was convicted of "transporting women across state lines for immoral purposes" in a bogus and racially motivated conviction and the pardon came after advocacy from Mike Tyson, Sylvester Stallone, Sens. Harry Reid and John McCain.

— 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.