This Day in Sports History: June 18

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 18 is the day in which Reggie Jackson and Billy Martin fought on national television and an error cost a pitcher a perfect game.

 

1941: Losing on points, Joe Louis retained his heavyweight title by knocking out light heavyweight champion Billy Conn with two seconds left in the 13th round. Conn had ignored the advice of his handlers and continued to fight toe-to-toe with Louis in the later rounds.

 

1966: Ohio State beat Oklahoma State 8-2 at Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium to win the College World Series.

 

1977: New York Yankees manager Billy Martin pulled Reggie Jackson during a game against the Boston Red Sox for not hustling on a Jim Rice pop-up double. When Jackson entered the dugout, the two began yelling at each other and had to be restrained from coming to blows. The fight became a national news story since the contest was NBC's "Game of the Week."

 

 

1985: The NBA Draft was held at New York's Felt Forum. The New York Knicks selected Georgetown center Patrick Ewing with the first pick, the Golden State Warriors took St. John's forward Chris Mullin with the seventh, the Utah Jazz got Louisiana Tech forward Karl Malone with the 13th, and the Detroit Pistons snagged McNeese State guard Joe Dumars at No. 18.

 

1986: California Angels pitcher Don Sutton recorded his 300th win, a 5-1 victory over the Texas Rangers at Arlington Stadium.

 

2004: "DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story" was released in theaters. The sports comedy grossed $167 million and has become a cult classic.

 

2014: Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw threw a no-hitter in an 8-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw struck out 15 batters and allowed no hits or walks. The only player to make it on base did so through an error in the seventh inning, costing him a perfect game.

 

— 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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