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This Day in Sports History: July 8

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 8 is a day in which one of the more memorable beanings in MLB history took place and an athlete's decision on where he would play the next season was appointment viewing.

 

1889: John L. Sullivan defeated Jake Kilrain for the bare-knuckle heavyweight title at a then-undisclosed location in Richburg, Mississippi, when Kilrain's manager threw in the towel after the 75th round. This was the last bare-knuckle title fight in history as boxing adopted the Marquess of Queensberry Rules, which mandated gloves.

 

1939: Bobby Riggs beat Elwood Cooke in five sets to win the Wimbledon Men's Singles title. This was the last Wimbledon held for seven years because of World War II.

 

1985: Chicago White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk hit two home runs in a 9-4 win over the Detroit Tigers at Tiger Stadium.

 

1990: West Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 in the FIFA World Cup Final at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. The game marked West Germany's third consecutive Final appearance and their last World Cup appearance since a unified German team was formed later that year.

 

2000: New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens beaned New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza in the helmet with pitch at Yankee Stadium. The hit gave Piazza a concussion and prompted him to miss the upcoming All-Star Game.

 

 

2010: In a live ESPN television special call "The Decision," LeBron James announced that he was leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to play for the Miami Heat. James won two titles with the Heat and then returned to Cleveland, where he won another championship in 2016.

 

— 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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