This Day in Sports History: June 3

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 3 is a day in which Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan set NBA Finals records and we lost one of the most iconic sports figures of all time.

 

1932: Lou Gehrig hits four home runs in a 20-13 New York Yankees win over the Philadelphia Athletics at Shibe Park.

 

1984: Magic Johnson made an NBA Finals record 21 assists as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Boston Celtics 137-104 at The Forum in Game 3. The win gave the Lakers a 2-1 lead in the series, but the Celtics won in seven games.

 

1989: Torontos' SkyDome opened. The venue, now known as the Rogers Centre, has been the home of the Toronto Blue Jays ever since.

 

1992: Michael Jordan made six 3-pointers and scored 35 first-half points as the Chicago Bulls beat the Portland Trail Blazers 122-89 in game one of the NBA Finals at Chicago Stadium. Jordan's first-half points were a finals record.

 

2005: Cinderella Man was released in movie theaters. The story of James J. Braddock winning the heavyweight title grossed $108.5 million.

 

2016: Muhammad Ali died of septic shock in Scottsdale, Arizona. "The Greatest" was the first boxer to win the heavyweight title three times.

 

— 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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