This Day in Sports History

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1908: Around the World Automobile Race ends in Paris.

1930: 1st FIFA World Cup Final, Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay: Uruguay beat Argentina, 4-2 in the inaugural event.

1959: In his MLB debut, SF Giants future Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Willie McCovey goes 4-for-4 in a 7-2 win over Philadelphia Phillies at Seal Stadium.

1966: FIFA World Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London, England: Striker Geoff Hurst scores a hat trick as England beats West Germany, 4-2 after extra time.

1982: Few rises have been as meteoric as birthday boy James Anderson’s. In the summer of 2002 he was playing club cricket in Lancashire; by February 2003 he was bowling England to victory over Pakistan in the World Cup. By May he had taken five wickets on his Test debut, at Lord’s. But he soon lost his bowling mojo and spent a frustrating winter on the fringes of the Test team, before coming back with six wickets in the historic Mumbai Test win of 2006. In 2008, as Andrew Flintoff and Steve Harmison faded, Anderson stepped up to take the mantle of England’s spearhead. New Zealand were blown away at Trent Bridge (Anderson 7 for 43) and that was the start of a purple patch, during which he went on to earn a reputation as one of England’s great bowlers. In July 2013 he passed Fred Trueman on England’s all-time wicket-list during the first Test at Trent Bridge. He took 25 wickets in five Tests at home against India in 2014. A year later he surpassed Ian Botham as England’s highest wicket-taker and joined the 500 club in 2017, at Lord’s. Three years later, he became the first fast bowler to get to 600, against Pakistan in Southampton.

1990: George Steinbrenner is forced by Commissioner of Baseball Fay Vincent to resign as principal partner of NY Yankees.

1995: Lara completes 5th Test Cricket century, 145 at Old Trafford.

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