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This Day in Sports History: June 29

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 29 is one in which two no-hitters were thrown on the same day and a player's one inning in the Majors was immortalized in pop culture.

 

1905: New York Giants outfielder Archibald "Moonlight" Graham played one inning in an 11-1 win over the Brooklyn Superbas at Washington Park. Graham never got to bat, and it was the only appearance of his career. If the story sounds familiar, it is because it is immortalized in the movie, "Field of Dreams."

 

1970: Sonny Liston beat Chuck Wepner at the National Guard Army in Jersey City, New Jersey, when Wepner retired on his stool after the ninth round. Wepner needed 72 stitches, and his cheekbone and nose were broken as well. The fight was the last of Liston's career, and Wepner said he was the hardest puncher he ever faced.

 

1980: Geoff Bodine won the Dog Leg 200 at New Jersey's Trenton Speedway.

 

1983: Kansas City Chiefs running back Joe Delaney drowned at 24 when he jumped into a pond despite not being able to swim to save three children screaming for help in Monroe, Louisiana. Two of the children also died. Delaney was posthumously given the Presidential Citizen Medal and the Louisiana State Civilian Bravery Award.

 

1990: Oakland Athletics pitcher Dave Stewart and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela both threw no-hitters. Stewart's came in a 5-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at the SkyDome, and Valenzuela's came in a 6-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium.

 

2006: Northwestern football head coach Randy Walker died of a heart attack at 52 in Evanston, Ill. Walker compiled a 96-81-5 record in 16 seasons at Miami (Ohio) and Northwestern.

 

— 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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