This Day in Sports History: June 7

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 7 is a day in which a one-of-its-kind NBA Finals ended and LeBron gave an epic playoff performance.

 

1936: Bert Sugar was born in Washington, D.C. He would go on to become boxing's most preeminent historian, best known for his fedora and cigar.

 

1978: Bob Dandridge and Dennis Johnson each scored 19 points as the Washington Bullets beat the Seattle Supersonics 105-99 at the Seattle Center Coliseum in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. The series is the only NBA Finals in which both teams had less than 50 wins in an 82-game season.

 

1992: Bill France Sr. died in Ormond, Florida, at the age of 82 after suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. France founded NASCAR in 1948 and built stock-car racing to become the sport that it is today.

 

2004: The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Calgary Flames 2-1 at the St. Pete Times Forum (now Amalie Arena) to win the Stanley Cup Finals in seven games.

 

2010: The 2010 MLB Draft was held at the MLB Network Studios in Secaucus, New Jersey. The Washington Nationals selected outfielder Bryce Harper with the first pick, the Baltimore Orioles took shortstop Manny Machado with the third, and the Chicago White Sox nabbed pitcher Chris Sale with the 13th.

 

2012: LeBron James scored 45 points, snagged 15 rebounds, and made five assists as the Miami Heat beat the Boston Celtics 98-79 at TD Garden in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The win evened the series at 3-3 and the Heat won Game 7.

 

— 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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