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This Day in Sports History — June 26

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Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on June 26 :

1906 — Ferenc Szisz won the first ever grand prix race at Le Mans, France. (More info.)

1911 — John McDermott became the first American-born golfer to win the U. S. Open. (More info.)

1916 — The Cleveland Indians became the first major league team to experiment with wearing numbers on their jerseys. (More info.)

1921— Jock Hutchison became the first American golfer to win the British Open. (More info.)

1944 — The New York Yankees, New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers played a unique three-way exhibition at the Polo Grounds to raise war bonds for World War II. The teams alternated turns, with each team sitting out an inning. Final score: Brooklyn Dodgers 5, New York Yankees 1, New York Giants 0. (More info.)

1954 — British runner Jim Peters completed a marathon in a world record 2:17:39.4. (More info.)

1959 — Swedish boxer Ingemar Johansson scored a technical knockout of world champion Floyd Patterson in the third round at Yankee Stadium in New York to win the heavyweight title. (More info.)

1962 — Boston Red Sox pitcher Earl Wilson no-hit the Los Angeles Angels, 2-0. (More info.)

1970 — Frank Robinson hit two grand slams as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Washington Senators, 12-2. (More info.)

1991 — The Charlotte Hornets selected Larry Johnson of UNLV with the first overall pick of the NBA Draft. (More info.)

1992 — Denmark upsets Germany, 2-0, to win the European soccer championship. (More info.)

1994 — Minnesota’s Kirby Puckett passed Rod Carew with his 2,088 base hit to become the all-time Twins’ hit leader. (More info.)

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