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This Day in Sports History — July 21

Nadia Comaneci
Central Press / Hulton Archive

Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on July 21:


1952 — American Parry O’Brien, the first thrower to begin his motion by facing the back of the circle, won the gold medal in the shot-put at the Helsinki Olympics in Finland. (More info.)

1959 — With the addition of pinch-runner Pumpsie Green, the Boston Red Sox became the last major league team to include a black player in its lineup. (More info.)

1963 — Jack Nicklaus won the PGA Championship at Dallas Athletic Club in Dallas, TX. (More info.)

1973 — Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves became the first player since Babe Ruth in 1934 to reach 700 career home runs in an 8-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies in Atlanta. (More info.)

1976 — Gymnast Nadia Comaneci of Romania added two more unprecedented perfect 10 scores to win the gold medal in the women’s all-around competition at the Summer Olympics in Montreal. (More info.)

1989 — Mike Tyson knocked out Carl Williams in the first round of their fight at the Convention Center in Atlantic City, NJ to retain the heavyweight boxing championship. (More info.)

1996 — Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, 35, signed a two-year deal with the New York Rangers. (More info.)

2002 — Michael Schumacher of Germany won the French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours to clinch his third consecutive Formula One drivers’ title. (More info.)

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