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This Day in Sports History: July 23

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 23 is a day in which Jackie Robinson broke Cooperstown's color barrier and Kerri Strug gave one of the gutsiest performances in Olympic history.

 

1962: Jackie Robinson became the first Black player to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

1978: Pete Rose hit successfully in his 36th straight game as his Cincinnati Reds beat the Montreal Expos 5-4 at Olympic Stadium. His streak would finish at 44 games, the third-longest in baseball history.

 

1989: Bill Elliott won the AC Spark Plug 500 at the Pocono International Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

 

1995: Miguel Indurain won his fifth straight Tour de France.

 

1996: Kerri Strug clinched the gold medal for the U.S. women's gymnastics team by scoring a 9.712 in the vault on an injured ankle at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. It was the first-ever gold medal for a U.S. women's gymnastics team.

 

 

2011: Justin Upton and Miguel Montero collectively drove in 11 runs in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 12-3 win over the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field.

 

— 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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