Sports History: June 12 Is a Historical Day in the World of Sports
There are many days we can look back on as sports fans and be wowed by what happened on that specific day. June 12 is certainly one of the days that stands out.
Here is a chronological timeline of exactly what went down on this historic day.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame was dedicated in Cooperstown, New York.
Cooperstown has been the location of the prestigious National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum ever since.
Golf legend Ben Hogan won the first of his four U.S. Open Golf Classics.
Hogan has won a total of nine major golf tournaments (tied for fourth all-time with Gary Player for most in golf history) and is one of five golfers to win all of the four major tournaments (The Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship).
The late, great Dock Ellis of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitched a no-hitter while on LSD. Watch the historic video—courtesy of No Mas—right here.
Due to free agency compensation issues, Major League Baseball players began a 49 day strike.
The strike resulted in 712 cancelled games (38 percent of the season). Play restarted on August 9, 1981 in Cleveland with the MLB All-Star Game. This was the fourth strike or lockout in a nine-year span dating back to 1972.
Wayne Gretzky won the Hart Trophy, which is awarded to the MVP in the National Hockey League.
Gretzky is considered by many to be the best player to ever step foot on the ice. He holds pretty much all of the major hockey records in the NHL, including most goals in a career (1,016, including playoffs), most assists (2,223. including playoffs), most points (3,239, including playoffs), most goals in a season (92), most assists in a season (163) and most points in a season (215).
Gretzky holds far more records, but those are among the most notable. He is far ahead of any player in career goals, assists and points, and he accumulated more assists in his career than any other NHL player has accumulated total points.
Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were murdered outside of Nicole's home in Los Angeles, California. NFL running back O.J. Simpson was later acquitted of the killings, but he was held liable in a civil suit.
Simpson was the first professional running back to accumulate 2,000 yards on the ground in a single season. He is also the only running back to rush for 2,000 yards in a 14-game season.
The trial was recognized as the "most publicized murder case in history."
NFL quarterback legend Steve Young retired from the sport after 14 hall of fame-worthy seasons.
Young was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, three-time Super Bowl winner and two-time AP NFL MVP. He threw for 232 touchdown passes, threw for 33,124 passing yards, rushed for 43 touchdowns and rushed for 4,239 rushing yards throughout his career.
He was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame five years later, in 2005.
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