This Day in Sports History: June 21

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 21 is the day in which Pele achieved World Cup immortality and two women's basketball institutions launched.

 

1964: Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jim Bunning completed a perfect game in 90 pitches in a 6-0 win over the New York Mets at Shea Stadium.

 

1970: Pele scored a goal as Brazil beat Italy 4-1 in the FIFA World Cup Final in Mexico City's Estadio Azteca. The win marked Pele's last World Cup and to date, he is the only three-time winner. British Formula One racecar driver Piers Courage was killed during an accident in the Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort when one of the front wheels broke of his car broke off during a crash and hit him the head.

 

1982: The USFL's Chicago Blitz announced that former Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins head coach George Allen would be the team's part-owner, chairman, and head coach. Allen went 22-14 and made the playoffs in both of his years in the USFL.

 

1997: The New York Liberty beat the Los Angeles Sparks 67-57 at the Great Western Forum in the first WNBA game ever played.

 

1999: The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame opened in Knoxville, Tennessee. Twenty-five players and coaches, including Cheryl Miller and Pat Summitt, were inducted in the inaugural class.

 

2008: Drag racer Scott Kalitta died when his engine exploded during a qualifying race at the Lucas Oil National Hot Rod Association SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in New Jersey.

 

2015: "Ballers" premiered on HBO. The comedy-drama starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as a retired NFL player turned financial manager for NFL players ran for five seasons.

 

— 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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