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This Day in Sports History: July 30

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 30 is a day in which soccer's greatest event crowned its first champion and "His Airness" hit his first professional home run.

 

1930: Uruguay beat Argentina 4-2 in the inaugural FIFA World Cup Final at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, Uruguay.

 

1966: England beat West Germany 4-2 after extra time in the FIFA World Cup Final at Wembley Stadium. It is the only time England has ever hosted or won a World Cup.

 

1976: Caitlyn Jenner (then Bruce) won the gold medal in the men's decathlon at the Summer Olympics in Montreal.

 

1989: Lane Frost was killed at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo when he was struck by a bull after a successful ride. He was not gored, but his ribs were severely broken, and they punctured his heart and lungs. Frost was 25.

 

1994: Birmingham Barons outfielder Michael Jordan hit a home run against the Carolina Mudcats at Birmingham's Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. It was the first homer of Jordan's minor league baseball career.

 

 

2017: Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre got his 3,000th hit off of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Wade Miley in a 10-6 loss at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Beltre is the first player born in the Dominican Republic to accomplish this feat.

 

— 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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