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This Day in Sports History: July 6

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 6 is a day in which one Babe Ruth made his presence known in MLB's first All-Star Game and Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer staged their greatest match.

 

1933: Babe Ruth hit a two-run home run as the American League beat the National League 4-2 in the first MLB All-Star Game, which was held at Chicago's Comiskey Park.

 

1957: Althea Gibson became the first Black player to win a Wimbledon Singles title when she defeated Darlene Hard in straight sets to win the Women’s Singles championship.

 

1968: Washington Senators first baseman Mike Epstein hit a three-run homer in an 8-4 win over the Chicago White Sox at D.C. Stadium.

 

1986: Bob Horner hit four home runs, but his Atlanta Braves still lost 11-8 to the Montreal Expos at Fulton County Stadium.

 

1995: After being called up to the majors the day before, Houston Astros catcher Jerry Goff hit a fielders' choice that drove in Jeff Bagwell in the 12th inning for a 5-4 win over the San Diego Padres at The Astrodome.

 

2008: Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer in five sets to win the Wimbledon Men's Singles title. The match lasted four hours and 48 minutes and was the longest for a Wimbledon Singles final at the time.

 

— 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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