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This Day in Sports History — July 6

Althea Gibson
Hulton Archive

Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on July 6 :

1919 — Sportswriter William Veeck replaced Fred Mitchell as president of the Chicago Cubs. (More info.)

1929 — The St. Louis Cardinals scored 10 runs in both the first and fifth innings to beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 28-6. (More info.)

1932 — Chicago Cubs’ shortstop Bill Jurges was shot twice in a Chicago hotel room by former girlfriend, Violet Popovich Valli. (More info.)

1933 — The American League won the first Major League Baseball All-Star Game, 4-2 over the National League, at Comiskey Park in Chicago, The game was the forerunner of all-star games in all major United States’ sports. (More info.)

1941 — The New York Yankees dedicated a monument to the late Lou Gehrig in centerfield at Yankee Stadium. (More info.)

1942 — The American League beat the National League, 3-1, at the Polo Grounds in New York to win the 10th MLB All-Star Game. (More info.)

1957 — Althea Gibson defeated Darlene Hard to become the first black player ever to win a title at Wimbledon. (More info.)

1974 — Jimmy Connors beat Ken Rosewall to win his first Wimbledon men’s singles title. (More info.)

1975 — Three-year-old filly Ruffian broke her leg during a 1-and-1/4-mile challenge race against Kentucky Derby winner Foolish Pleasure at Belmont Park in New York. The injured horse had to be destroyed. (More info.)

1979 — Martina Navratilova beat Chris Evert for the second consecutive year to win the women’s singles title at Wimbledon. (More info.)

1983 — Fred Lynn hit a grand slam as the American League beat the National League, 13-3, in the MLB All-Star Game at Comiskey Park in Chicago. It was the AL’s first win since 1971. (More info.)

1986 — Boris Becker defeated Ivan Lendl to win his second consecutive men’s singles title at Wimbledon. (More info.)

1990 — In his first start after pitching a no-hitter and losing, New York Yankees’ pitcher Andy Hawkins threw a 12-inning complete game and lost, 2-0, to the Minnesota Twins. (More info.)

1994 — Leroy Burrell ran the 100-meters in 9.85 seconds at Lausanne, Switzerland to break Carl Lewis’ world record of 9.86 seconds. (More info.)

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