This Day in Sports History: May 13

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, May 13 is a day in which "Stan the Man" reached a milestone and we said goodbye to "The Cathedral of Baseball."

 

1914: Joseph Louis Barrow was born in LaFayette, Alabama. He boxed under the name Joe Louis and held the heavyweight title for nearly 12 straight years and successfully defended it 25 times.

 

1950: The first World Championship Formula One race kicked off with the British Grand Prix in Silverstone, England. Giuseppe Farina won the 70-lap race for the Alfa Romeo team and went on to win the first Formula One World Championship.

 

1958: Stan Musial hit a double off of Chicago Cubs pitcher Moe Drabowsky to record his 3,000th hit in the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 win at Wrigley Field. Musial was the first player to reach this milestone with an extra-base hit.

 

1961: Dennis Rodman was born in Trenton, New Jersey. As a power forward, he won five NBA titles with the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls and snagged 11,954 rebounds during his colorful 14 season Hall of Fame career.

 

1986: Houston Rockets "Twin Towers" Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson combined for 46 points, 29 rebounds, and 11 blocked shots in a 112-102 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at The Forum in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. Houston went on to win the next three games and make the NBA Finals.

 

2010: The original Yankee Stadium was demolished. "The Cathedral of Baseball" served as the home for the New York Yankees, football's New York Giants, and numerous championship fights.

 

— Compiled 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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