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This Day in Sports History: June 10

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 10 is a day in which Major League Baseball (MLB) fielded its youngest player ever and the Detroit Pistons "Bad Boys" were playing at their peak.

 

1944: Just 15 years old, Joe Nuxhall pitched two-thirds of an inning for the Cincinnati Reds during an 18-0 blowout by the St. Louis Cardinals at Crosley Field. The Reds signed Nuxhall because of a player shortage caused by World War II, and he remains the youngest person to play in an MLB game. He returned to the majors in 1952 and played for 15 seasons.

 

1946: Former heavyweight champion Jack Johnson died in a car wreck near Franklinton, North Carolina. Johnson was on his way to Joe Louis/Billy Conn rematch in New York City and had just left a diner that refused to serve him. He was 68 years old.

 

1978: Affirmed won the Belmont Stakes with the third-fastest time in the history of the race to complete the Triple Crown.

 

1989: Joe Dumars scored 31 points, Dennis Rodman snagged 19 rebounds, and Isiah Thomas made eight assists as the Detroit Pistons beat the Los Angeles Lakers 114-110 at the Great Western Forum to take a 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals. The Pistons completed the sweep in the next game.

 

2006: Bernard Hopkins won a 12-round unanimous decision over "The Ring" light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall. Hopkins was 41 at the time.

 

2016: Stephen Curry scored 38 points as the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-97 at Quicken Loans Arena to take a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals. LeBron James and the Cavs would come back to win in seven games.

 

— 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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