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This Day in Sports History: May 30

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 30 is a day in which MLB saw its first four home run game and auto racing's most iconic event began.

 

1894: Boston Beaneaters second baseman Bobby Lowe became the first player in MLB history to hit four home runs in a game in a 13-10 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Boston’s Congress Street Grounds.

 

1911: Ray Harroun won the first Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

 

1961: A.J. Foyt garnered his first of four Indianapolis 500 victories by a margin of 8.28 seconds.

 

1969: Mario Andretti won the Indianapolis 500 in a total time of 3:11:14.71. It is the fastest completion time in the history of the race.

 

1975: Long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine died in a car accident in Eugene, Oregon. Prefontaine was killed when his car jumped a curb, hit a rock wall, and flipped, pinning him underneath.

 

1977: Cleveland Indians pitcher Dennis Eckersley struck out 12 batters and no-hit the California Angels in a 1-0 win at Cleveland Stadium.

 

2014: LeBron James and Chris Bosh each scored 25 points as the Miami Heat beat the Indiana Pacers 117-92 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Heat advanced to the NBA Finals for the fourth straight year, but they lost to the San Antonio Spurs 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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