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This Day in Sports History — July 3

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Hulton Archive

Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on July 3 :

1905 — Marvin Hart knocked out Jack Root in 12 rounds at Reno, NV to win the heavyweight boxing title. (More info.)

1912 — New York Giants’ pitcher Rube Marquard defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers, 2-1, to win his 19th consecutive decision, a major league record for a single season that still stands. (More info.)

1944 — An early, minor league version of Oriole Park burned down in Baltimore. (More info.)

1947 — The Cleveland Indians purchased Larry Doby, who will become the first black player in the American League on July 5. (More info.)

1950 — New York Yankees’ manager Casey Stengel played longtime outfielder Joe DiMaggio at first base. (More info.)

1954 — Golfer Babe Didrikson Zaharias, who was battling cancer, won her third women’s U.S. Open at Salem Country Club in Massachusetts. (More info.)

1965 — Philadelphia Phillies’ teammates Dick Allen and Frank Thomas fought violently during batting practice. (More info.)

1968 — Cleveland Indians’ pitcher Luis Tiant struck out 19 Minnesota Twins in a 1-0 win. (More info.)

1976 — Swedish tennis star Bjorn Borg beat Ilse Nastase to win the first of his five consecutive men’s singles titles at Wimbledon. (More info.)

1983 — Evelyn Ashford and Calvin Smith each set world records in the 100-meters at the National Sports Festival at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. (More info.)

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