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This Day in Sports History


1896 – American athlete Robert Garrett wins the throwing double at the Olympics in Athens Greece by winning the shot put (11.22 meters) after winning the discus on the previous day.

1928 – Lester Patrick, the 44-year-old General Manager of the New York Rangers, comes into a Stanley Cup Finals game against the Montreal Maroons, replacing his injured goalie. The Rangers win 2-1.

1963 – At 23 years old, Jack Nicklaus becomes the youngest player to win The Masters. Tiger Woods would eventually break his mark in 1997, winning at 21 years old.

1969 – Bill Singer of the Dodgers records the first save in Major League Baseball history, recording it against the Reds.

1969 – Ted Williams manages his first game as skipper of the Washington Senators, losing to the Yankees 8-4.

1977 – The Toronto Blue Jays play in the franchise’s first-ever game, defeating the White Sox 9-5.

1998 – Al McInnis of the St. Louis Blues becomes the sixth defenseman in NHL history to record 1,000 career points.

2014 – The UCONN men’s basketball team defeats Kentucky to win the national championship, making it the second time a school has won the men’s and women’s titles in the same year. UCONN previously accomplished the feat in 2004.

2016 – The Golden State Warriors become the second team in NBA history to record 70 win sin a season, defeating San Antonio 112-101.

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