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This Day in Sports History: May 6

This Day in Sports History: May 6

This Day in Sports History: May 6

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 6 is a day in which baseball's all-time greatest player hit his first home run and the four-minute mile barrier was broken.

1907: Wilbur Charles "Weeb" Ewbank was born in Richmond, Indiana. During his 45-year football coaching career, he was the winning head coach in two of the most important games in NFL history: 1) the Baltimore Colts' overtime win against the New York Giants in the 1958 NFL Championship and 2) the New York Jets' upset of the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III.

1915: Boston Red Sox slugger Babe Ruth hit the first home run of his career in a 4-3 loss to the New York Yankees at the Polo Grounds.

1937: The Hindenburg exploded over Manchester Township, New Jersey, killing 35 people. The airship was completing a journey from Frankfurt, Germany, to the United States. One of the passengers who originally had a ticket, but canceled it, was boxer Max Schmeling.

1954: British long-distance runner Roger Bannister completed a mile run at a time of 3:59.4 at Iffley Road Track at Oxford University. This was the first mile to be run in less than four minutes.

1982: Seattle Mariners pitcher Gaylord Perry won his 300th game in a 7-3 win over the New York Yankees at the Kingdome.

1998: Rookie Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood — in his fifth career start — threw a one-hit, no-walk, 20-strikeout game in a 2-0 win over the Houston Astros at Wrigley Field.

2007: Jimmie Johnson won the 2007 Crown Royal 400 at the Richmond International Raceway. The race was the first major sports event to be held in Virginia since the Virginia Tech Massacre and was dedicated to the victims. It was also named the 2007 Crown Royal Presents The Jim Stewart 400 after the individual who won an essay contest on what constitutes a "Crown Worthy."

2015: LeBron James scored 33 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Chicago Bulls 106-91 at Quicken Loans Arena to tie the Eastern Conference Semifinals at 1-1.

— 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.