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This Day in Sports History — June 21

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Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on June 21:

1916 — Boston Red Sox pitcher George ‘Rube’ Foster no-hit the New York Yankees at Fenway Park, 2-0. (More info.)

1932 — Jack Sharkey scored a technical knock out of Max Schmeling to win the heavyweight boxing title at the MSG Bowl in Queens, NY. (More info.)

1938 — Boston Red Sox third-baseman Pinky Higgins recorded his 12th straight hit, a feat that is still tied for the major league record. (More info.)

1939 — Doctors revealed that New York Yankees’ first-baseman Lou Gehrig has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; it is announced that he will retire immediately. (More info.)

1963 — American Bob Hayes set the world record by running the 100-yard-dash in 9.10 seconds at the Amateur Athletic Union championships in St. Louis. (More info.)

1964 — Philadelphia Phillies’ pitcher Jim Bunning, a future Hall of Famer and U.S. Senator, pitched a perfect game against the New York Mets on Father’s Day. (More info.)

1970 — Pélé led Brazil to a 4-1 win over Italy in soccer’s World Cup at Mexico City, Mexico. (More info.)

1986 — Heisman Trophy winner — and draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Bo Jackson signed with the Kansas City Royals with the intent to play baseball full-time. (More info.)

1988 — The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Detroit Pistons, 108-105, in Game 7 of the NBA Finals to repeat as NBA champions. (More info.)

1989 — The New York Yankees traded Rickey Henderson to the Oakland A’s for Eric Plunk, Greg Cadaret and Luis Polonia. (More info.)

1991 — New York Islanders Denis Potvin and Mike Bossy were both elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. (More info.)

1997 — The Boston Bruins selected center Joe Thornton as the first overall pick in the NHL Draft. (More info.)

1997 — The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) played its first regular-season games. (More info.)

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