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This Day in Sports History: June 8

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 8 is a day in which pro football became the league we know it to be today and A-Rod became the youngest player to reach a home run milestone.

 

1935: Omaha pulled ahead late to win the Belmont Stakes by a length and a half over Firethorn. He became the third horse to win the Triple Crown.

 

1966: The NFL and American Football League (AFL) announced their merger agreement in New York City. The deal laid the foundation for the modern NFL.

 

1993: Michael Jordan scored 31 points as the Chicago Bulls beat the Phoenix Suns 100-92 at the America West Arena in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. A moment of silence was observed before the game for New Jersey Nets guard Drazen Petrovic, who was killed in a car wreck two days earlier.

 

2002: Lennox Lewis retained his heavyweight title with an eight-round knockout of Mike Tyson at the Pyramid Arena in Memphis, Tennessee. The fight was moved to Memphis after Tyson started a brawl at the press conference announcing the bout. Nevada and many other states refused to give Tyson a boxing license before Memphis bid $12 million to host the fight and Tennessee granted him a license.

 

2005: Alex Rodriguez hit his 400th home run off of Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jorge de la Rosa in a 12-3 New York Yankees win at Miller Park. It was A-Rod’s second dinger of the game, and he became the youngest player to reach the 400 mark at 29 years and 316 days.

 

— 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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