This Day in Sports History: June 4

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 4 is a day in which Kobe and Shaq completed a series-clinching alley-oop and Randy Johnson achieved that magic number for pitching wins.

 

1976: Boston Celtics point guard Jo Jo White scored 33 points and made nine assists in a 128-126 win in triple overtime over the Phoenix Suns at the Boston Garden in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The game, which is considered by longtime NBA fans to be one of the best ever, gave the Celtics a 3-2 lead in the series and they won it all in Game 6.

 

1983: The USFL's Oakland Invaders held Herschel Walker to 72 yards on 21 carries in a 34-21 victory of the New Jersey Generals at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

 

1995: Kyle Petty won the Miller Genuine Draft 500 at the Dover Downs International Speedway in Delaware.

 

2000: Kobe Bryant threw an alley-oop pass to Shaquille O'Neal, who dunked for a score that sealed the Los Angeles Lakers 89-84 win over the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals.

 

 

2009: San Francisco Giants pitcher Randy Johnson recorded his 300th win with a 5-1 victory over the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.

 

2010: John Wooden died of natural causes at the age of 99 at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. The "Wizard of Westwood" won an unprecedented 10 national championships in a 12-year period as UCLA's men's basketball coach.

 

— 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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