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This Day in Sports History: July 16

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 16 is a day in which Joe DiMaggio hit in his 56th straight game and one of the most thrilling Home Run Derbies took place.

 

1941: Joe DiMaggio successfully hit in his 56th straight game, a 10-3 New York Yankees win over the Cleveland Indians at Municipal Stadium. DiMaggio's streak remains one of the most unbreakable records in MLB history.

 

1947: Rocky Graziano rallied to knock out Tony Zale in the sixth round and win the middleweight title at Chicago Stadium. It was the second bout in the thrilling trilogy between the two fighters.

 

1983: Dale Earnhardt won the Busch Nashville 420 at the Nashville International Raceway in Tennessee.

 

1996: Oakland Athletics first baseman Mark McGwire hit his 31st home run of the season in a 12-5 win over the Seattle Mariners at the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum.

 

2005: Jermain Taylor won the Undisputed Middleweight Championship with a controversial split decision over Bernard Hopkins at the MGM Grand Las Vegas. He beat Hopkins again five months later, this time by unanimous decision.

 

2018: Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper beat Chicago Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber in bonus time to win the Home Run Derby. Harper hit nine home runs in 50 seconds to tie Schwarber in the final round.

 

— 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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