What Happened in Sports: July 14, 2022

2021: Giannis Antetokounmpo’s clutch rejection on Deandre Ayton’s alley-oop attempt helped fuel the Bucks NBA Finals Game 4 win over Phoenix thanks to Middleton’s 14 4th Qtr PTS to cap off his 40 piece while out-dueling Devin Booker’s 42 and tie the series up 2-2

2019: San Diego Padres SS Fernando Tatis Jr. became the youngest Padres player with 4+ Hits during 1 game while he miraculously avoided a tag at 1st base during a pickle in the game by positioning his body in incredible fashion to safely return to 1st

2004: Los Angeles Lakers officially ended the ShaqKobe era by trading HOF C Shaquille O’Neal to the Miami Heat in exchange for SF Caron Butler, SF Lamar Odom, C Brian Cook, and a 1st round pick in 2006 (PG Jordan Farmar) after 3 championships and 4 NBA Finals over the previous 5 seasons

2004: PG Steve Nash signed a 5y/$65M deal with the Phoenix Suns to re-join his original team in Phoenix where he instantly went on to win consecutive MVP awards in 2004-05 & 2005-06

1987: Both the AL and NL Rookie of the Year awards were renamed after Jackie Robinson in honor of the 40th anniversary of his breaking the color barrier

1986: New York Mets SP Dwight Gooden became the youngest (21 years old) Pitcher to ever start an All-Star Game just 2 years after being the youngest player to ever appear in an All-Star Game at 19 years old

1977: OF Carl Yastrzemski passed Ted Williams (2,654) for the most career Hits in Boston Red Sox franchise history. Yastrzemski finished his 23-year career (all w/ BOS) with 3,419 Hits which is still the all-time Boston record

1970: With 2 outs in the bottom of the 12th inning of the MLB All-Star Game, Pete Rose barreled over C Ray Fosse before the throw reached home plate to score the winning run

1968: Atlanta Braves OF Hank Aaron slugged his 500th career home run in a victory over the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park en route to what was a record 755 career HR until Barry Bonds surpassed him in 2007

1967: Houston Astros 3B Eddie Mathews hit his 500th career home run in a victory over the Giants off of future HOF SP Juan Marichal, becoming the 1st at his position (3B) to reach the mark