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This Day in Sports History — July 19

Ali Lights Flame
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Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on July 19:

1877 — Spencer Gore beat William Marshall in straight sets to win the first-ever lawn tennis championships held at Wimbledon. (More info.)

1910 — Cy Young of the Cleveland Naps won his 500th game by defeating the Washington Senators, 5-4, at League Park in Washington. (More info.)

1947 — Babe Didrikson Zaharias won her 17th consecutive golf tournament at the Broadmoor Women’s Invitational at Colorado Springs, CO. (More info.)

1936 — Pitcher Bob Feller made his major league debut with the Cleveland Indians. (More info.)

1952 — The opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics were held in Helsinki, Finland. (More info.)

1960 — Pitcher Juan Marichal of the San Francisco Giants made his major league debut by tossing a one-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. (More info.)

1973 — Willie Mays of the New York Mets tied Stan Musial’s record by being named to the National League All-Star team for the 24th time. (More info.)

1976 — Nadia Comaneci of Romania became the first gymnast in Olympic history to be awarded a perfect 10 score. (More info.)

1977 — The National League beat the American League, 7-5, in the MLB All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium in New York. (More info.)

1980 — The opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics were held in Moscow, USSR, while the United States and 60 other countries boycotted the games because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. (More info.)

1990 — Cincinnati Reds’ legend Pete Rose was sentenced to five months in prison for tax evasion. (More info.)

1996 — Former U.S. boxing gold medalist Muhammad Ali, his body beset with Parkinson’s syndrome, lit the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. (More info.)

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