On This Date In Sports History

Posted: April 6, 2012 in On This Date In Sports History

1896 – The first modern Olympic Games began in Athens, Greece.

1970 – Bobby Orr (Boston Bruins) became the first defenseman to win the National Hockey League’s (NHL) scoring title.

1973 – U.S. President Nixon threw out the first pitch of the season at a California Angels game. It was the first time that a U.S. President had performed the ceremonial activity in a city other than Washington, DC.

1987 – Sugar Ray Leonard took the middleweight title from Marvin Hagler.

1997 – Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins) announced that he would retire from the National Hockey League (NHL) following the playoffs of the current season.

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