This Day in Sports History: June 15

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 15 is the day in which Johnny Vander Meer accomplished a feat that no other pitcher has repeated in over 80 years and a movie that caused an NFL legend to retire was released.

 

1938: Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Vander Meer no-hit the Brooklyn Dodgers in a 6-0 win in the first night game ever held at Ebbets Field. It was Vander Meer's second consecutive no-hitter, and he is the only pitcher to accomplish that feat.

 

1967: "The Dirty Dozen" was released in theaters. The film about a group of convicts attacking a French chateau filled with Nazi officers before D-Day grossed $45.3 million and prompted Jim Brown into early retirement. When production ran long and Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell threatened to fine Brown for missing training camp, he simply chose to retire.

 

1974: USC beat Miami (Fla.) 7-3 at Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium to win the program's fifth straight College World Series.

 

1977: The New York Mets traded pitcher Tom Seaver to the Cincinnati Reds for pitcher Pat Zachry and minor league players Steve Henderson, Doug Flynn, and Dan Norman. The trade was one of three made by the Mets, who also dealt away Steve Kingman and Mike Phillips, in a move New York media dubbed the "Midnight Massacre."

 

1979: "Rocky II" was released in movie theaters. The sequel to the 1976 Best Picture winner grossed $200.2 million.

 

1984: Thomas Hearns retained his light middleweight title with a vicious second-round knockout of Roberto Duran at Las Vegas' Caesar's Palace.

 

 

1985: Doug Williams and the Arizona Outlaws beat Steve Young and the Los Angeles Express 21-10 in front of 8,400 fans at John Shephard Stadium of Los Angeles Pierce College, a junior college. Abysmal attendance prompted the Express to move from Memorial Coliseum to the 16,000-seat stadium, the smallest to ever host a USFL game.

 

1988: "Bull Durham" was released in theaters. The iconic baseball dramedy grossed $58 million.

 

1996: Roy Jones Jr. played point guard for the United States Basketball League (USBL) Jacksonville Barracudas in a game with the Treasure Coast Tropics. That night, he successfully defended his IBF super middleweight title with an 11th-round stoppage of Eric Lucas. It marked the first time an athlete played in two paid professional sports on the same day.

 

— 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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