This Day in Sports History: July 27

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 27 is a day in which the first American won cycling's most grueling race and a terrorist attack disrupted the Olympics.

 

1959: The Continental League, which would have been a third major league for baseball along with the American and National Leagues, was formally announced, with teams in Denver, Houston, Minneapolis–St. Paul, New York City, and Toronto. However, there was no coordination with MLB, and the league disbanded in 1960 without ever playing a single game.

 

1986: Greg LeMond became the first American to win the Tour de France.

 

1992: The U.S. Men's Basketball team beat Croatia 103-70 in the first round of the Summer Olympics in Barcelona. The game is noteworthy because Chicago Bulls general manager Jerry Krause had signed Croatia team star Toni Kukoc and had touted his talent, prompting Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen to aggressively guard him.

 

1993: Boston Celtics forward Reggie Lewis died of sudden cardiac arrest at 27 while practicing in the offseason at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. In 1995, the Celtics retired his jersey number.

 

1996: A pipe bomb exploded in Centennial Olympic Park during the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Security guard Richard Jewell discovered the bomb and saved countless lives by clearing spectators out of the park. Domestic terrorist Eric Rudolph pleaded guilty to the bombing in 2005.

 

2015: Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters hit a walk-off home run in the 11th inning to beat the Atlanta Braves 2-1 at Camden Yards.

 

— 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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