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This Day in Sports History: May 25

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 25 is a day in which the most iconic sports photo in history was taken and a legend hit is last home runs.

 

1935: At the Big Ten Conference Track and Field Championships in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ohio State's Jesse Owens broke world records in the long jump, 220-yard sprint, and 220-yard low hurdles. Owens also tied the world record for the 100-yard dash. Meanwhile, Boston Braves outfielder Babe Ruth hit three home runs in an 11-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field. The homers were the last of Ruth's career.

 

1965: In their rematch, Muhammad Ali retained his heavyweight title by knocking out Sonny Liston with "The Phantom Punch" in the first round and Neil Leifer took the most iconic photo in sports history. The fight was held at the Central Maine Youth Center (now Androscoggin Bank Colisee) in Lewiston, with a crowd of just over 2,400 — the smallest ever for a heavyweight championship fight — watching.

 

1975: The Golden State Warriors beat the Washington Bullets 96-95 to win the NBA Finals in a sweep at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. It marked the first time a team that did not have home-court advantage won the NBA title in a sweep.

 

1981: A Sports Illustrated article by Daniel Okrent praising the work of baseball statistician Bill James was published. It was one of the first national articles to highlight the work of the sabermetrics pioneer.

 

1982: Chicago Cubs pitcher Ferguson Jenkins struck out San Diego Padres shortstop Garry Templeton to record the 3,000th strikeout of his career in a 2-1 loss at Jack Murphy Stadium.

 

1986: Walter Payton, Tony Dorsett, and Jack Youngblood participated in Hands Across America, a charity fundraiser where millions of Americans held hands for 15 minutes.

 

2001: Erik Weihenmayer became the first blind person to summit Mount Everest.

 

— 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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