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This Day in Sports History — June 22

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Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on June 22:

1889 — The Louisville Colonels baseball team of the American Association set a major league record with their 26th consecutive loss. (More info.)

1937 —  Joe Louis knocked out James J. Braddock in the eighth round of their heavyweight fight at Comiskey Park in Chicago to become the first black boxing champion since Jack Johnson lost to Jess Willard in 1915. (More info.)

1938 — Joe Louis knocked out Max Schmeling in the first round of their fight at Yankee Stadium in New York to retain the heavyweight boxing title. (More info.)

1946 — Future Hall of Fame executive Bill Veeck purchased the Cleveland Indians. (More info.)

1949 — Ezzard Charles beat Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 rounds at Comiskey Park in Chicago for the heavyweight boxing title. (More info.)

1979 — Larry Holmes scored a technical knockout of Mike Weaver in the 12th round of their fight at Madison Square Garden in New York to retain the heavyweight boxing title. (More info.)

1981 — Using the phrase ‘You cannot be serious,’ tennis great John McEnroe erupted at Wimbledon umpire Edward James during a first round match. McEnroe defeated Tom Gullikson. (More info.)

1982 — Pete Rose doubled for his 3,772nd career hit, which allowed him to pass Hank Aaron and move into second place on the all-time hits list. (More info.)

1986 — Argentina’s Diego Maradona scored the “Hand of God” goal — the ball was allegedly punched into the net — against England in the World Cup quarterfinals at Mexico City to help his team to a 2-1 win. (More info.)

1987 — New York Mets’ pitcher Tom Seaver officially retired from baseball with 311 wins. (More info.)

1990 — The Atlanta Braves replaced manager Russ Nixon with general manager Bobby Cox. (More info.)

1991 — The Quebec Nordiques selected Eric Lindros with the first overall pick in the NHL Draft. (More info.)

1993 — New York Mets pitcher Anthony Young tied a major league record when he lost his 23rd straight decision. (More info.)

1994 — The Houston Rockets beat the New York Knicks 90-84 in Game 7 of the finals to win the NBA championship. (More info.)

1994 — The United States soccer team upset Colombia, 2-1, for their first World Cup win since 1950. (More info.)

1996 — Michael Moorer beat Axel Shultz in 12 rounds at Dortmund, Germany for the IBF heavyweight boxing title. (More info.)

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