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This Day in Sports History: May 27

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 27 is a day in which a legendary golfer was born and one of the most famous "walkouts" in NBA history took place.

 

1912: Sam Snead was born in Ashwood, Virginia. The golfer won seven major championships and a record 82 PGA Tour events, a mark he now shares with Tiger Woods. In 1979, he became the oldest golfer in history to qualify for a major when he made the cut at the 1979 PGA Championship at the age of 67 years, two months, and seven days.

 

1966: New York Yankees pitcher Mel Stottlemyre retired 19 batters in a row in a 4-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium.

 

1987: San Francisco Giants pitcher Atlee Hammaker hit New York Mets pitcher David Cone with a pitch, breaking his knuckle in a 4-3 Mets win at Candlestick Park. The injury caused Cone to miss nearly three months of the season.

 

1991: Losing badly and about to be swept by Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Detroit Pistons walked off the court with 7.9 seconds left in the game at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

 

 

2006: Craig Heyward died of cancer in Atlanta, Georgia, at the age of 39. "Ironhead" was a punishing fullback for the New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, and Atlanta Falcons.

 

2013: The final episode of "What Would Ryan Lochte Do?" aired on E! The show chronicling the trials of tribulations of the Olympic gold medalist swimmer was great fodder for social media and "The Soup."

 

— 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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