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This Day in Sports History: July 18

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 18 is a day in which two players recorded their 3,000th hits and a gymnast performed the first perfect 10 in Olympic history.

 

1897: Chicago Colts player/manager Cap Anson recorded his 3,000th hit in a 6-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles at West Side Park.

 

1913: Boston Red Sox pitcher Smoky Joe Wood slipped on wet grass while fielding a bunt and broke his thumb during a 5-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park. Wood had won 34 games the season before and the injury limited his durability as a pitcher, cutting short what could have been a Hall of Fame career.

 

1970: San Francisco Giants center fielder Willie Mays recorded his 3,000th hit with a single off of Montreal Expos pitcher Mike Wegener in a 10-1 win at Candlestick Park.

 

1976: Nadia Comaneci became the first person to score a perfect 10 in Olympic gymnastics for her routine in the uneven bars. The Romanian gymnast earned six more perfect 10s at the Summer Games in Montreal.

 

1978: Sugar Ray Leonard won a 10-round decision over Dicky Eklund at Boston's John B. Hynes Memorial Auditorium. Christian Bale won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Eklund in "The Fighter," and this bout was a major plot point.

 

1999: New York Yankees pitcher David Cone threw a perfect game in a 6-0 win over the Montreal Expos at Yankee Stadium. Cone also weathered a 33-minute rain delay in his pursuit of perfection. Ironically, the game was part of a "Yogi Berra Day" celebration at Yankee Stadium, and Don Larsen, who pitched a perfect game in the 1956 World Series with Berra catching, threw out the ceremonial first pitch to his old teammate.

 

— 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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