This Day in Sports History: May 19

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 19 is a day in which two NBA franchises achieved their greatest success and football's first family of quarterbacks began.

 

1946: Andre Rene Roussimoff was born in Coulommiers, France. He grew to be seven feet and four inches and weigh 520 pounds and wrestled under the name Andre the Giant for nearly 30 years.

 

1949: Archie Manning was born in Drew, Mississippi. As a quarterback at Ole Miss, he was a first-team All-American and recipient of the Walter Camp Memorial Trophy in 1969 and made the Pro Bowl twice with the New Orleans Saints. His sons Peyton and Eli collectively won four Super Bowls during their careers.

 

1974: The Philadelphia Flyers beat the Boston Bruins 1-0 at The Spectrum to win the Stanley Cup Finals in six games. The Flyers were the NHL's first expansion team to win it all.

 

1985: Atlanta Braves outfielder Dale Murphy hit a two-run home run off of Chicago Cubs pitcher Rick Sutcliffe in a 3-0 win at Fulton County Stadium.

 

2000: Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller scored 17 fourth-quarter points to beat the New York Knicks 93-80 to win Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The win propelled the Pacers into their only NBA Finals in franchise history, where they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.

 

2004: Kevin Garnett scored 32 points and snagged 21 rebounds in an 83-80 Minnesota Timberwolves win over the Sacramento Kings at the Target Center in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals. The Timberwolves advanced to their only Western Conference Finals, where they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.

 

2007: Ottawa Senators right wing Daniel Alfredsson scored a goal in overtime to beat the Buffalo Sabres at the HSBC Arena and win the Eastern Conference Finals in five games. The Senators then lost the Stanley Cup Finals to the Anaheim Ducks in five games.

 

— 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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