This Day in Sports History: July 1

Recapping events that took place in the sports world on this day

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, July 1 is a day in which sports' most grueling race began and one of the best baseball video games of all time was released.

 

1903: The first Tour de France began in the Paris suburb of Montgeron. Maurice Garin won the six-stage, 1,509-mile race on July 19.

 

1920: Washington Senators pitcher Walter Johnson threw a no-hitter in a 1-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

 

1948: Achille Varzi was killed while practicing for the Swiss Grand Prix when his car skidded on the wet Circuit Bremgarten track in Bern, flipped over, and crushed him. He was 43.

 

1977: "Greased Lightning" was released in movie theaters. The film told the story of NASCAR driver Wendell Scott, who was played by Richard Pryor.

 

1979: Jean-Pierre Jabouille became the first Formula One driver to win a race with a turbocharged car at the French Grand Prix in Dijon.

 

1992: "A League of Their Own" was released in movie theaters. The sports comedy-drama about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League grossed $132.4 million.

 

1997: "MLB '98" was released for the Sony PlayStation. Since then, the game has been renamed "MLB: The Show" and is the most popular baseball video game today.

 

— 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.

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