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This Day in Sports History: May 26

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 26 is a day in which Larry Bird made a game-saving steal and Jaromir Jagr scored one of the most unbelievable goals in Stanley Cup Finals history.

 

1923: The first 24 Hours of Le Mans, a.k.a. 24 Hours Grand Prix of Endurance, began in Le Mans, France. French drivers Andre Lagache and Rene Leonard won the inaugural race.

 

1959: Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Harvey Haddix retired 36 straight batters and pitched a perfect game for 12 straight innings against the Milwaukee Braves at Milwaukee County Stadium. In the 13th, Pirates third baseman Don Hoak made a throwing error that allowed Braves second baseman Felix Mantilla on base in an eventual 1-0 loss.

 

1965: When asked about Muhammad Ali's knockout of Sonny Liston in the first round the day before, USC head football coach John McKay said, "I thought it would never end."

 

1971: Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Willie Stargell hit a two-run home run with Roberto Clemente on base in a 2-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Three Rivers Stadium.

 

1987: Down 107-106 to the Detroit Pistons in the last seconds of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Boston Garden, Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird stole Isiah Thomas' inbound pass and tossed it to Dennis Johnson, who made a lay-up with one second left. The 108-107 win gave the Celtics a 3-2 lead in the series and they won it in seven games.

 

 

1992: Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Jaromir Jagr scored a goal backhanded from several feet away in a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. After the game, teammate Mario Lemieux said, "it was probably the greatest goal [he'd] ever seen."

 

 

2018: Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson scored 35 points as his team rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 115-86 at the Oracle Arena in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors would take Game 7 to advance to the NBA Finals.

 

— 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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