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This Day in Sports History: June 1

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, June 1 is a day in which the most iconic sports video game of all time was released and an MLB franchise got its first no-hitter after 50 years of existence.

 

1967: Atlanta Braves pitcher Phil Niekro threw two wild pitches past catcher Joe Torre in a 5-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

 

1979: Gus Williams scored 23 points and Jack Sikma snagged 17 rebounds as the Seattle Supersonics beat the Washington Bullets at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland, to win the franchise's only NBA title in five games.

 

1988: Electronic Arts released the first version of John Madden Football for the Apple II. It has since evolved into Madden NFL and is the most popular football video game of all time.

 

1997: Donovan Bailey and Michael Johnson met at Toronto's SkyDome for a 150-meter race. Bailey had won the gold medal in the 100-meter race at the 1996 Summer Olympics and Johnson had taken the gold in the 200- and 400-meter races and this unsanctioned race was to determine the "world's fastest man." The result was a bit lackluster as Johnson injured his quadricep and did not finish the race and Bailey won with a time of 14.99 seconds.

 

2006: Dirk Nowitzki scored 50 points and snagged 12 rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Phoenix Suns 117-101 at the American Airlines Center to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference Finals. The Mavs won the series in six games.

 

2012: New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana threw a no-hitter in an 8-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. It was the first no-hitter in Mets history.

 

— 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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