This Day in Sports History: June 27

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 27 is a day in a very hyped fight lasted 90 seconds and a major ad campaign went bust.

 

1905: Harold Mahoney was killed in a bicycle accident on a steep hill near Caragh Lake County Kerry, Ireland at 38. Mahoney had won the men's singles title at Wimbledon in 1896.

 

1954: Nasty play and fighting between Hungary and Brazil during a World Cup quarterfinal match resulted in three ejections at Wankdorf Stadium in Berne, Switzerland. Hungary won the game 4-2, known as the "Battle of Berne," but lost to West Germany in the final.

 

1967: The New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates staged a triple play for the movie, "The Odd Couple."

 

 

1988: Mike Tyson unified the heavyweight title by knocking out Michael Spinks in 91 seconds at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall. Spinks entered the highly anticipated fight undefeated and "The Ring" heavyweight champion.

 

 

1990: "Days of Thunder" was released in movie theaters. The NASCAR drama starring Tom Cruise grossed $157.9 million worldwide.

 

1992: Decathlete Dan O'Brien failed to score any points in the pole vault, resulting in him not making the American team at the Olympic Trials in New Orleans. This undercut Reebok's "Dan and Dave" campaign, where he and Dave Johnson were going to determine who was the best athlete at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

 

1994: Montreal Expos outfielder Cliff Floyd blasted a 396-foot three-run homer off of Atlanta Braves pitcher Greg Maddux in a 7-2 win at Olympic Stadium.

 

— 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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