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This Day in Sports History — July 7

Jim Thorpe
Hulton Archive

Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on July 7 :

1912 — Jim Thorpe won the gold medal in the pentathlon at the Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden. He’d also win gold in the decathlon later in the games. (More info.)

1914 — Baltimore Orioles’ owner Jack Dunn offered minor league players Babe Ruth, Ernie Shore and Ben Egan to Philadelphia A’s owner Connie Mack for $10,000. Mack’s financial issues led him to decline the offer. (More info.)

1937 — St. Louis Cardinals’ pitcher Dizzy Dean suffered a broken toe when he was hit by a line drive off the bat of Cleveland Indians’ Earl Averill in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Griffith Stadium in Washington. The American League won 8-3; Dean began favoring his injured foot in the weeks after the game and eventually hurt his arm. (More info.)

1964 — Philadelphia Phillies’ outfielder Johnny Callison hit a walk-off home run as the National League won the 35th MLB All Star Game, 7-4, at Shea Stadium in New York. (More info.)

1974 — West Germany beat The Netherlands, 2-1, in Munich, Germany to win soccer’s World Cup. (More info.)

1980 — Larry Holmes scored a technical knock out of Scott LeDoux in the seventh round of their fight in Bloomington, Minnesota to retain the heavyweight boxing title. (More info.)

1985 — Unseeded Boris Becker, 17, of West Germany defeated Kevin Curren to become the youngest and first unseeded Wimbledon champion ever. (More info.)

1986 — U.S. athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee broke the world heptathlon record at the first Goodwill Games in Moscow. (More info.)

1998 — The American League defeated the National League, 13-8, at Coors Field in Denver, CO to win the highest scoring MLB All-Star Game in history. (More info.)

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