This Day In Sports History

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1934: FIFA World Cup Final, Stadio Nazionale PNF, Rome, Italy: Angelo Schiavio scores the winner in extra time as Italy beats Czechoslovakia, 2-1. 

1944: Relief pitcher Joe Nuxhall at 15 years, 316 days, debuts for Cincinnati Reds; youngest player in MLB history; becomes All Star and broadcaster. 

1979: French Open Women’s Tennis: Chris Evert dominates Wendy Turnbull of Australia 6-2, 6-0 for her 3rd French singles crown.

1981: Sebastian Coe of England sets 800m record (1:41.73) in Florence. 

1990: French Open Men’s Tennis: Andres Gomez of Ecuador wins his 1st and only career Grand Slam title; beats American Andre Agassi 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

1990: Senior Tournament Players Championship Men’s Golf, Dearborn CC: Jack Nicklaus wins his second of 8 Champions Tour majors by 6 strokes from Lee Trevino. 

2012: French Open Women’s Tennis: Maria Sharapova wins her first French title; beats Sara Errani of Italy 6-3, 6-2. 

2012: Tino Best made what was at that point the highest score by a No 11 in Tests – an entertaining 95 at Edgbaston, full of drives and edges that helped West Indies to their first 400-plus total of the tour. While Best missed a well-deserved hundred, his partner Denesh Ramdin got one – his first in three years – and celebrated it by taking out a note from his pocket that read, “Yeah Viv talk nah” – a response to Viv Richards‘ criticism of his batting. That was all by way of entertainment in the match, where three days of play were washed out. England won the series 2-0, and Ramdin, who later apologised for his gesture, was fined.

2018: Bangladesh won the Women’s T20 Asia Cup, beating beat six-times champions India in a thrilling three-wicket win in the final, in Kuala Lumpur. Bangladesh had beaten India and Pakistan decisively earlier in the tournament, and in the final, spinners Khadija Tul Kubra and Rumana Ahmed kept India’s strong batting line-up down to 112 for 9. Ahmed gave her team-mates some nervous moments when she was run out on the penultimate ball of the match, trying to take a second run to tie the scores, but Jahanara Alam hit the two needed to win off the last ball and Bangladesh celebrated a famous first T20I series win.

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