This Day in Sports History: July 24

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 24 is the date of the famous "Pine Tar Incident" and the founding of a small settlement in Utah that eventually led to a college football powerhouse.

 

1847: Brigham Young led 148 Mormon pioneers into Utah's Salt Lake Valley. A university named in his honor won college football's national championship 137 years later.

 

1966: Golfer Tony Lema and his wife, Betty, died in a plane crash in Lansing, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. The 32-year-old Lema won the 1964 British Open.

 

1980: The Australian men's 4x100 meter swimming relay team, known as the Quietly Confident Quartet, won the gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Moscow. The United States boycotted the games because of the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan, and this is the only time it has not won gold in this race since it was incorporated into the Summer Games in 1960.

 

1983: Kansas City Royals third baseman George Brett hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to take a 5-4 lead over the New York Yankees with one out left at Yankee Stadium. However, Yanks manager Billy Martin protested the homer because of the amount of pine tar on Brett's bat. The umpires agreed with Martin and called Brett out, giving the win to the Yankees and causing an epic meltdown by Brett. The Royals protested and American League president Lee MacPhail overruled the umps. The game resumed on Aug. 18, with Kansas City winning 5-4. The "Pine Tar Incident" is one of the most infamous moments in MLB history.

 

 

1994: Jimmy Spencer won the DieHard 500 at Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway.

 

2006: David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez each hit home runs and Josh Beckett won his 13th game as the Boston Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 7-3 at McAfee Coliseum.

 

— 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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