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This Day in Sports History: May 15

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 15 is a day in which Joe DiMaggio began his record hit streak and Len Barker achieved perfection.

 

1912: Detroit Tigers centerfielder Ty Cobb entered the stands at New York's Hilltop Park and beat up fan Claude Lucker, who had been heckling during a game against the New York Highlanders (now Yankees). While players fighting in the crowd was more common during that period, Cobb was suspended for fighting the fan, who only had one hand and two fingers.

 

1941: New York Yankees centerfielder Joe DiMaggio singled off of Chicago White Sox pitcher Eddie Smith in a 13-1 loss at Yankee Stadium. Not one knew it at the time, but the hit marked the beginning of his 56-game hit streak.

 

1948: Citation won the Preakness Stakes by five and a half lengths en route to winning the Triple Crown.

 

1981: Cleveland Indians pitcher Len Barker completed the 10th perfect game in MLB history with a 3-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Cleveland Stadium. One of the players he struck out was Danny Ainge, who went on to play 14 seasons in the NBA and win two titles with the Boston Celtics.

 

1999: The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Houston Rockets 98-88 at the Compaq Center to win the first round of the NBA playoffs in four games. The Rockets had three future Hall of Famers in Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Scottie Pippen.

 

2004: Antonio Tarver knocked out Roy Jones Jr. in the second round of the rematch for Jones' light heavyweight titles at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Events Center. The first knockout of Jones' career shattered his aura of invincibility.

 

— 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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