This Day In Sports: Why June 17 Is The Most Infamous In Sports

1994 collageUnless you had yet to be born, how can anyone forget O.J. Simpson's infamous white Ford Bronco racing down the freeway trying to evade police? O.J. was on the run after being the prime suspect in the murder case of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. The entire nation was captivated by the chase during that evening on June 17, 1994. How could you do that, Nordberg?

That was not the only thing that took place on June 17, 1994. 

  • The opening game of the 1994 World Cup took place in Chicago
  • Arnold Palmer played his final round at the U.S. Open
  • The N.Y. Rangers celebrated their Stanley Cup championship with a victory parade.
  • The Houston Rockets took on the New York Knicks in Game 5 of the NBA Finals

Beyond 1994, here are some other notable events in sports history on from June 17.

– The ABA's Nets, Pacers, Nuggets and Spurs merged into the NBA

– Ted Williams hit his 500th Home Run

– The 76ers traded Sir Charles Barkley to the Phoenix Suns for Jeff Hornacek, Tim Perry, and center Andrew Lang. Gee, who won that trade?

– Robin Givens' family accused boxer Mike Tyson of beating his wife

– The Boston Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Lakers on this day in 2008 to capture their 17th NBA championship.

– The Lakers returned the favor in 2010 when they defeated the Celtics for their 16th NBA championship.

So what say you? Is June 17 the most history-laden day in sports?

Joshua Caudill is a writer for CraveOnline Sports, a surfing enthusiast, an unhealthy sports fanatic, and an expert on all things Patrick Swayze. You can follow him on Twitter @JoshuaCaudill85 or "like"CraveOnline Sports onCraveOnline Sports.

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