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This Day in Sports History: June 11

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 11 is the day in which the famous "Flu Game" took place and the worst motorsport accident ever occurred.

 

1914: "The Knockout" was released in movie theaters. The silent short film featured Fatty Arbuckle and Charlie Chaplin facing off in the boxing ring.

 

1955: A crash during the 24 Hours of Le Mans sent huge chunks of debris into the crowd, killing driver Pierre Bouillin and 83 spectators and injuring 178 more. The worst crash in motorsport history prompted major renovations to the 30-year-old racetrack. Below is the raw footage of the accident.

 

 

1982: Larry Holmes retained his heavyweight title by knocking out Gerry Cooney in the 13th round at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Holmes vs. Cooney was the most anticipated heavyweight fight to occur between the Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson eras.

 

1997: Playing with a stomach virus, Michael Jordan scored 38 points and hit the game-clinching 3-pointer in a 90-88 Chicago Bulls win over the Utah Jazz at the Delta Center in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The contest is simply known as "The Flu Game," but Jordan revealed in the 2020 documentary "The Last Dance" that he believed it was food poisoning from a pizza delivered the night before the game. The win gave the Bulls a 3-2 lead in the Finals, and they won game six.

 

2005: Mike Tyson quit after the sixth round against journeyman boxer Kevin McBride at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. The loss was Tyson's final fight.

 

2010: The 2010 FIFA World Cup began at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was the first World Cup to be held in Africa, which Spain won a month later.

 

— 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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