This Day in Sports History: July 11

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 11 is a day of memorable MLB All-Star Game moments and arguably the biggest chess match in history.

 

1914: Babe Ruth made his MLB debut, pitching a 4-3 Boston Red Sox win over the Cleveland Naps at Fenway Park.

 

1924: Eric Liddell won the gold medal in the 400-meter race at the Summer Olympics in Paris. Liddell was a devout Christian and opted to withdraw from the 100-meter race, his best event, because one of the heats would be held on Sunday (the Christian Sabbath). His story was told in the movie "Chariots of Fire."

 

1961: A gust of wind at Candlestick Park caused Stu Miller to lose his balance as he was about to pitch to Rocky Colavito in the ninth inning of the MLB All-Star Game. Miller's move was eventually called a balk, causing the game to go into extra innings, but the National League won 5-4.

 

1972: The World Chess Championship began at the Laugardalsholl arena in Reykjavik, Iceland, with Bobby Fischer playing defending champion Boris Spassky. Fischer emerged as the victor after 21 games on Aug. 31 in what may be the most significant event in chess history.

 

1989: Bo Jackson hit a 448-foot home run in his first plate appearance as the American League won the MLB All-Star Game 5-3 at Anaheim Stadium. Jackson was named the game's MVP.

 

2009: Former boxer Arturo Gatti was found dead in a hotel room in Ipojuca, Brazil. While questions of foul play persist, two coroners — one in Brazil and one in Gatti's family's home province of Quebec — determined that it was a suicide. The former junior and super lightweight champion was 37.

 

— 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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