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This Day in Sports History — July 4

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Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on July 4 :

1907 — Boxer Tommy Burns knocked out Bill Squires in the first round of their fight at Colma, CA. for the heavyweight boxing title. (More info.)

1908 — New York Giants’ pitcher George “Hooks” Wiltse no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies, 1-0, in 10 innings. (More info.)

1910 – Boxer Jack Johnson knocked out James J. Jeffries in the 15th round of their fight at Reno, NV. to win the heavyweight boxing title. (More info.)

1911 — Ty Cobb’s 40-game hitting streak ended when he went 0-for-4. (More info.)

1912 — Boxer Jack Johnson scored a technical knock out of Jim Flynn in the ninth round of their fight at Las Vegas, NM. to retain the heavyweight boxing title. (More info.)

1919 – Boxer Jack Dempsey knocked out Jess Willard in the third round of their fight in Toledo, OH to win the heavyweight championship. (More info.)

1923 — Boxer Jack Dempsey beat Tommy Gibbons in a 15-round fight at Shelby, Montana to retain the heavyweight boxing title. (More info.)

1939 — Retiring New York Yankees’ legend Lou Gehrig made his ‘Luckiest Man’ speech at Yankee Stadium as the team held ‘Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day.’ (More info.)

1954 — West Germany defeated Hungary, 3-2, at Bern, Switzerland to win soccer’s World Cup. (More info.)

1975 — Billie Jean King defeated Evonne Goolagong-Cawley to win the women’s singles title at Wimbledon for the sixth time. (More info.)

1980 — Houston Astros’ pitcher Nolan Ryan became the fourth major league player to strikeout 3,000 batters in his career. (More info.)

1981 — John McEnroe defeated Bjorn Borg to win his first Wimbledon’s men’s singles title and end Borg’s run of five consecutive championships in London. (More info.)

1982 — Jimmy Connors beat John McEnroe to win the men’s singles title at Wimbledon. (More info.)

1983 — New York Yankees’ pitcher Dave Righetti no-hit the Boston Red Sox, 4-0, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (More info.)

1984 — New York Yankees’ pitcher Phil Niekro became the ninth major league player to strikeout 3,000 batters in his career. (More info.)

1993 — Pete Sampras beat Jim Courier to win the first of his record seven Wimbledon men’s singles titles. (More info.)

1994 — The U.S. Men’s National Team narrowly lost to eventual-champion Brazil, 1-0, in soccer’s World Cup quarterfinals at Stanford Stadium in California. (More info.)

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