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This Day in Sports History: June 12

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 12 is the day in which baseball's most renowned institution opened and a double-murder rocked the sports world and the country as a whole.

 

1817: German inventor Karl Drais first rode his invention, the dandy horse, the earliest version of the bicycle, in Mannheim.

 

1920: Man o' War won the Belmont Stakes with a world record time of 2:14.20.

 

1930: Max Schmeling and Jack Sharkey fought for the vacant heavyweight title at Yankee Stadium. In the fourth round, Sharkey hit Schmeling with a shot to the groin and was disqualified. This made Schmeling the first boxer to win the heavyweight title on a foul.

 

1939: The National Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown, New York. Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson comprised the first class that was inducted.

 

1970: Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter in a 2-0 victory over the San Diego Padres at San Diego Stadium. Ellis later claimed that he pitched the game under the influence of LSD.

 

1979: Bryan Allen successfully flew the Gossamer Albatross aircraft across the English Channel.

 

1989: Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns fought to a draw in their rematch at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.

 

1991: Scottie Pippen scored 32 points and snagged 13 rebounds as the Chicago Bulls beat the Los Angeles Lakers 108-101 at the Great Western Forum to win the NBA Finals in five games. It was the first of three straight NBA titles for the Bulls, who were coached by Phil Jackson and led by Finals MVP Michael Jordan and Pippen.

 

1994: Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were stabbed to death outside of Simpson's home in Los Angeles. Her ex-husband, O.J., was charged with the murders but acquitted.

 

1997: The San Francisco Giants beat the Texas Rangers 4-3 at The Ballpark in Arlington in the first interleague regular-season game in MLB history.

 

2013: Jason Leffler was killed when his car crashed into a wall and flipped several times during a 410 sprint car race at Bridgeport Speedway in Bridgeport, New Jersey.

 

— 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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