This Day in Sports History: June 5

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 5 is a day in which a baseball great recorded his first shutout and Bill Walton showed the NBA what he could do when he was healthy.

 

1943: Count Fleet won the Belmont Stakes by 25 lengths to complete the Triple Crown.

 

1957: Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Don Drysdale struck out nine and recorded the first shutout of his career, a 4-0 win over the Chicago Cubs at Ebbets Field.

 

1977: Bill Walton scored 20 points, snagged 23 rebounds, made seven assists, and blocked eight shots as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 109-107 at the Portland Memorial Coliseum to win the NBA Finals in six games.

 

1998: Anaheim Angels manager Terry Collins and Kansas City Royals skipper Tony Muser were each suspended for eight games for a bench-clearing brawl during a June 2 game that resulted in 12 ejections.

 

2014: Tim Duncan scored 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in a 110-95 San Antonio Spurs win over the Miami Heat at the AT&T Center in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The Spurs won the series in five games.

 

2016: Kimbo Slice died of heart failure in Margate, Florida at the age of 42. The mixed martial artist became an internet sensation with his street fights and Rolling Stone called him, "The King of the Web Brawlers."

 

— 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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