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This Day in Sports History: July 12

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 12 is a day in which one of our country's most famous generals participated in the Olympics and one of the worst promotional gimmicks in sports history took place.

 

1892: Alexander Cartwright died in Honolulu in the Kingdom of Hawaii. He founded the New York Knickerbockers, one of the first organized baseball teams, but is falsely credited with designing the game.

 

1912: George Patton finished fifth in the pentathlon at the Olympic Games in Stockholm. He went on to become a general in the U.S. Army, commanding the U.S. Seventh Army in the Mediterranean theater of World War II, as well as the Third Army in France and Germany. Patton was also immortalized by George C. Scott's performance in his biopic.

 

1966: Tim McCarver scored the winning run in a 2-1 National League victory in the MLB All-Star Game at St. Louis' Busch Memorial Stadium.

 

1979: A crate of disco records was blown up on the field of Comiskey Park in between games of a doubleheader between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers. Fans then rushed onto field, causing a riot. Chicago police arrested 39 people, and the field was damaged so badly that the White Sox had to forfeit the game. Today, "Disco Demolition Night" is considered to be one of the worst gimmicks in sports history.

 

1986: Evander Holyfield won the WBA Cruiserweight title with a 15-round decision over Dwight Muhammad Qawi at Atlanta's Omni Coliseum. "The Ring" magazine declared the bout to be the best cruiserweight fight of the 1980s.

 

1998: Jeff Burton won the Jiffy Lube 300 at the New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon.

 

— 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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