This Day in Sports History: June 16

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 16 is the day in which Michael Jordan won arguably the most emotional NBA title of his career and high school football's greatest coach retired.

 

1949: Jake LaMotta won the middleweight title with a ninth-round stoppage of Marcel Cerdan at Detroit's Briggs Stadium.

 

1970: Brian Piccolo died of testicular cancer in New York City at 26. The Chicago Bears running back and his friendship with Gale Sayers were immortalized in the TV movie "Brian’s Song."

 

1978: Cincinnati Reds pitcher Tom Seaver threw a no-hitter in 4-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Riverfront Stadium. It was the only no-hitter of Seaver's Hall of Fame career.

 

1983: Luis Resto won a 10-round unanimous decision over Billy Collins Jr. at Madison Square Garden. Collins took an unusually heavy beating and it was discovered after the fight that Resto's trainer, Panama Lewis, had removed an ounce of padding from each glove. The decision was changed to a no contest, and Lewis and Resto served more than two years in prison. Collins suffered from permanently blurred vision and was unable to box again. He died in a car accident nine months later.

 

1996: Michael Jordan scored 22 points and made seven assists, while Dennis Rodman snagged 19 rebounds, as the Chicago Bulls beat the Seattle SuperSonics 87-75 at the United Center to win the NBA Finals in six games. Jordan fittingly won his fourth NBA title and the first after his dad was murdered in 1993 on Father's Day.

 

1998: The Detroit Red Wings beat the Washington Capitals 4-1 at the MCI Center to win the Stanley Cup Finals in a sweep. During the trophy ceremony, the Red Wings brought Vladimir Konstantinov onto the ice to be with the team. Konstantinov's career ended when he was paralyzed and suffered a brain injury in a limousine crash a year earlier. Team masseur Sergei Mnatsakanov also was severely injured in the wreck.

 

 

2008: Tiger Woods won his third U.S. Open, defeating Rocco Mediate in sudden death at Torrey Pines in San Diego.

 

2015: John McKissick retired as the head coach of Summerville High School in Summerville, South Carolina. The 88-year-old McKissick won a record 621 games and 10 state championships in his 62 seasons coaching at Summerville.

 

— 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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