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This Day in Sports History: June 2

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 2 is a day in which a blown call ruined a perfect game but brought about great sportsmanship and the Dallas Mavericks came back to lead one of the biggest upsets in NBA Finals history.

 

1941: Lou Gehrig died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in New York City at the age of 37. The disease subsequently became known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease."

 

1987: The Major League Baseball Draft kicked off at the league commissioner's office in New York City. The Seattle Mariners drafted Ken Griffey Jr., with the first pick and the Houston Astros took Craig Biggio with the 22nd.

 

1990: Seattle Mariners pitcher Randy Johnson threw a no-hitter in a 2-0 win over the Detroit Tigers at the Kingdome.

 

1995: Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller scored 36 points in a 123-96 win over the Orlando Magic at the Market Square Arena to even the Eastern Conference Finals at 3-3. The Magic won Game 7 two days later.

 

2010: Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga retired his first 26 batters in a game against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park. On his 27th, umpire Jim Joyce incorrectly called Jason Donald safe on a ground ball. Galarraga retired the next batter and finished with a 3-0 win. After the game, Joyce apologized to Galarraga and the media and the pitcher publicly forgave him, saying "Nobody's perfect." The game has many monikers, including the "28-out Perfect Game."

 

 

2011: The Dallas Mavericks came back from being down 15 points to beat the Miami Heat 95-93 at the American Airlines Arena in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. The Mavs won three of the next four to best the Heat in six games.

 

— 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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