This Day in Sports History: May 22

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 22 is a day in which "Dr. J" opened the NBA Finals with a dunk and Yogi Berra and Roger Maris both hit home runs.

 

1960: Yogi Berra hit two home runs and Roger Maris hit another as the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Athletics 9-7 at Municipal Stadium.

 

1977: Julius Erving opened the NBA Finals with a dunk as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 107-101 at The Spectrum. Dr. J and the 76ers won the first two games, but the Blazers reeled off four straight victories to win the series and the NBA championship.

 

1980: San Diego Padres right fielder Dave Winfield connected on a pinch-hit solo home run off of Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Kent Tekulve in the ninth inning at Three Rivers Stadium. The homer sparked a three-run comeback and a 6-4 victory.

 

1987: The first Rugby World Cup began with New Zealand playing Italy at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. The World Cup took place over the next month with New Zealand defeating France for the championship.

 

1993: Roy Jones Jr. won the vacant IBF Middleweight title with a 12-round decision over Bernard Hopkins at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.

 

2005: Diehard New York Mets fan Jerry Seinfeld threw out the first pitch in Subway Series game against the New York Yankees at Shea Stadium. The Yankees won the game 5-3.

 

— 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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