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This Day in Sports History — July 26

Daley Thompson 1980
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Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on July 26:

1928 — Gene Tunney scored a technical knockout of Tom Heeney in the 11th round of their heavyweight boxing title fight at Yankee Stadium in New York. (More info.)

1952 — Defending Olympic decathlon champion Bob Mathias won gold to lead a U.S. sweep of the event at the Summer Olympics in Helsinki. (More info.)

1978 — Johnny Bench of the Cincinnati Reds hit his 300th career home run in a 12-3 loss to the New York Mets. (More info.)

1980 — Britain’s Daley Thompson won the decathlon at the Summer Olympics in Moscow. (More info.)

1981 — Pat Bradley edged Beth Daniel by one stroke to win the U.S. Women’s Open golf tournament at La Grange Country Club in Illinois. (More info.)

1987 — Stephen Roche became the first Irishman to win the Tour de France in Paris. (More info.)

1990 — The United States beat the Soviet Union, 17-0, at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, WA. in the baseball tournament of the Goodwill Games. (More info.)

1997 — Former Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula, who won a record 347 NFL games, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio along with New York Giants’ owner Wellington Mara, defensive back Mike Haynes and center Mike Webster. (More info.)

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