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What’s Happening in Sports: June 10, 2021

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2020: The 1st ever virtual MLB draft took place with only 5 rounds amid the coronavirus pandemic as the Detroit Tigers selected 1B Spencer Torkelson 1st overall and the 1st High School player wasn’t taken until San Diego took OF Robert Hassell 8th overall, setting a new MLB Draft record

2019: Kevin Durant returned from a heel injury in Game 5 of the NBA Finals with the Golden State Warriors trailing 3-1 in the series, but ended up tearing his Achilles in the 2nd Qtr against the Toronto Raptors and wouldn’t return until 18 months later with the Brooklyn Nets for the 2020-21 Opening Day 

2019: Philadelphia Phillies & Arizona Diamondbacks combined for a MLB record 13 home runs, surpassing the old record of 12 set by the Tigers vs. White Sox (2x). Philadelphia alone hit a franchise-record 8 HR in the game

2014: Oakland A’s Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes completed 1 of the longest putouts in MLB history with this laser throw from the wall in Left Field

1997: Anaheim Angels OF Jim Edmonds made a legendary diving catch running straight backwards in CF

1980: Boston Celtics selected future Hall of Famer Kevin McHale with the 3rd Overall Pick in the 1980 NBA Draft after a legendary trade with the Warriors from the day before

1977: New Orleans Jazz selected Lucy Harris of Delta State in the 7th round of the NBA Draft, becoming the 1st woman to ever be drafted by an NBA team

1972: Atlanta Braves OF Hank Aaron hit his 14th career Grand Slam, tying Gil Hodges NL record; it was also his 649th career HR, which moved him past Willie Mays for 2nd place on the all-time HR list 

1944: Cincinnati Reds RP Joe Nuxhall made his debut at 15 years, 316 days old to become the youngest player in MLB history

1921: In just his 4th season off the pitcher’s mound, New York Yankees OF Babe Ruth became MLB’s all-time HR leader with his 120th career homer. Ruth would retire with 714 HR which stood as the record until Hank Aaron surpassed him on April 8, 1974





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