This Day in Sports History: June 6

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 6 is a day in which the Chicago Bulls held a team to the lowest point total in NBA Finals history and three of today's best pitchers were taken in one MLB draft.

 

1946: The Basketball Association of America was formed in New York City. In 1949, it merged with the National Basketball League to form the NBA.

 

1980: Arizona beat Hawaii 5-3 at Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium to win the College World Series. Former Boston Red Sox and current Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona was an outfielder on the team.

 

1992: Monica Seles beat Steffi Graf in three sets to win her third consecutive French Open.

 

1998: The Chicago Bulls beat the Utah Jazz 96-54 points at the United Center to take a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals. The 54 points are the fewest ever scored by a team in the NBA Finals.

 

2001: Allen Iverson scored 48 points as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 107-101 in overtime at the Staples Center in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The defeat was the Lakers' only loss in the 2001 NBA Playoffs.

 

2006: The 2006 MLB Draft was held over conference call. The Los Angeles Dodgers took pitcher Clayton Kershaw with the seventh pick, the San Francisco Giants selected Tim Lincecum 10th, and the Arizona Diamondbacks picked Max Scherzer 11th.

 

2007: The Anaheim Ducks beat the Ottawa Senators 6-2 at the Honda Center to win the Stanley Cup in five games. They also became the first NHL team from California to win it all.

 

2011: The 2011 MLB Draft was held at an MLB Network studio in Secaucus, New Jersey. The Pittsburgh Pirates selected pitcher Gerrit Cole with the first pick, the Washington Nationals took third baseman Anthony Rendon with the sixth pick, and the Cleveland Indians got shortstop Francisco Lindor with the eighth pick.

 

2017: Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett hit four home runs, including a grand slam, and recorded 10 RBIs in a 13-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at the Great American Ball Park.

 

— 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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