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This Day in Sports History: July 21

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 21 is a day in which boxing saw its greatest upset and professional women's basketball launched in the United States.

 

1904: Louis Rigolly became the first person to drive a car over 100 miles per hour when his Gobron-Brillie racing car reached 103.561 mph on a beach in Ostend, Belgium.

 

1927: Jack Dempsey earned a rematch with Gene Tunney for the heavyweight title with a seventh-round knockout of Jack Sharkey at Yankee Stadium.

 

1959: Pumpsie Green became the first black player to take the field for the Boston Red Sox by pinch-running in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park. The Red Sox were the last MLB team to integrate.

 

1967: Jimmie Foxx choked to death on a piece of food in Miami. The Hall of Fame first baseman was 59.

 

1989: Buster Douglas, a 40-1 underdog, won the heavyweight championship with a 10th-round knockout of Mike Tyson at the Tokyo Dome.

 

1997: The New York Liberty beat the Los Angeles Sparks 67-57 at the Great Western Forum in the first-ever WNBA game.

 

— 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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