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This Day in Sports History: June 24

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 24 is the day in which the Orlando Magic drafted two of the NBA's all-time best centers and the longest tennis match in history took place.

 

1922: The American Professional Football Association changed its name to the National Football League at its headquarters in Columbus, Ohio.

 

1992: The NBA Draft was held at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon. The Orlando Magic selected LSU center Shaquille O'Neal with the first pick and the Charlotte Hornets took Georgetown center Alonzo Mourning with the second.

 

1995: Roy Jones Jr. became the first boxer in CompuBox history to go an entire round without being hit by his opponent en route to a sixth-round knockout of Vinny Pazienza at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall. Jones' three minutes of perfection came in the fourth round and he retained his IBF super middleweight title with the win.

 

2002: After losing his WBO junior bantamweight title by knockout to Fernando Montiel at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Arena two days earlier, Pedro Alcazar died at the hospital. He had actually gone sightseeing the day before and collapsed in his hotel room while preparing to leave for the airport. It was the first time in boxing history where a fighter went so long after a fight without showing signs of fatal trauma.

 

2004: The NBA Draft was held at Madison Square Garden. The Orlando Magic selected Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy center Dwight Howard with the first pick.

 

2007: Oregon State beat North Carolina 9-3 at Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium to win its second straight College World Series.

 

2010: John Isner beat Nicolas Mahut in the first round of Wimbledon by a final score of 6–4, 3–6, 6–7, 7–6, 70–68 for a total of 183 games played over three days. At 11 hours and five minutes, it was the longest tennis match in history.

 

— 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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