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This Day in Sports History — June 11

LeMans Crash
Fox Photos, Hulton Archive

Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on June 11:

1919 — Johnny Loftus rode Sir Barton to a victory in the Belmont Stakes and the first-ever Triple Crown. (More info.)

1938 — Cincinnati Reds’ pitcher Johnny Vander Meer no-hits Boston, 3-0, the first of his two consecutive no-hitters. (More info.)

1950 —  After recovering from a near-fatal car crash in February 1949, Ben Hogan defeated Lloyd Mangrum and George Fazio in an 18-hole playoff to win his second U. S. Golf Open. (More info.)

1955 — A fiery car accident at the famous Le Mans race kills 83 people. (More info.)

1977 — Jean Cruguet rode Seattle Slew to a win in the Belmont Stakes, capturing the Triple Crown. (More info.)

1978 — Rookie Nancy Lopez won a record fifth-consecutive L.P.G.A. tournament at the Bankers Trust Classic in Rochester, N.Y. (More info.)

1982 — Larry Holmes knocked out Gerry Cooney in the 13th round of their heavyweight championship fight in Las Vegas. (More info.)

1990 — Nolan Ryan, 43, pitched his sixth no-hitter against the Oakland A’s. (More info.)

1992 — At age 29, Tracy Austin became the youngest inductee of International Tennis Hall of Fame. (More info.)

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