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This Day in Sports History: June 23

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 23 is the day in which a federal law changed women's sports forever and Babe Ruth got ejected and awarded part of a no-hitter.

 

1917: After Boston Red Sox pitcher Babe Ruth was ejected for arguing with umpire Brick Owens over walking Washington Senators second baseman Joe Morgan, Ernie Shore came into the game and retired 26 straight batters in a 4-0 win at Fenway Park. Ruth and Shore were credited with a combined no-hitter, but Shore allowed no walks, and he and catcher Sam Agnew got Morgan out as he was trying to steal.

 

1971: "Le Mans" was released in movie theaters. The Steve McQueen passion project used footage from the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans and grossed $5.5 million in North America.

 

1972: President Richard Nixon signed the Education Amendments of 1972 into public law. This legislation added Title IX to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which stated: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." The required equity of the sexes in athletics ushered in a new era of women's sports.

 

1992: Detroit Lions offensive guard Eric Andolsek was killed when a semi-trailer truck ran off the highway in front of his house and hit him while he was working in his yard in Thibodaux, Louisiana. He was 25. The Lions named their outstanding offensive lineman award after him and his alma mater LSU named its outstanding senior in spring practice award in his honor.

 

2000: Suffering from heroin withdrawal, Los Angeles Avengers quarterback Todd Marinovich tied an Arena Football League record with 10 touchdown passes in a 72-66 win over the Houston Thunderbears at the Compaq Center.

 

2012: Ashton Eaton broke Roman Sebrle's decathlon world record with 9,039 points at the 2012 U.S. Summer Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.

 

— 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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