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This Day in Sports History — July 28

Rafer Johnson 1984
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Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on July 28:

1913 — The United States beat Great Britain, 3-2, in Davis Cup play at Wimbledon. (More info.)

1928 — The Summer Olympics opened in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (More info.)

1935 — Romain Maes of Belgium won the Tour de France in Paris. (More info.)

1984 — The Summer Olympics opened at the Los Angeles Coliseum, as Rafer Johnson, the 1960 Olympic decathlon champion, ignited the cauldron. (More info.)

1991 — Dennis Martinez of the Montreal Expos pitched a perfect game, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers, 2-0, at Dodger Stadium. (More info.)

1991 — Spain’s Miguel Indurain won the first of his five consecutive Tour de France titles in Paris. (More info.)

1993 — Ken Griffey Jr. of the Seattle Mariners homered in his eighth consecutive game, tying the major league record held by Dale Long of the Pittsburgh Pirates (1956) and Don Mattingly of the New York Yankees (1987). (More info.)

1994 — The Major League Baseball Players Association set August 12 as the date of a proposed players’ strike. (More info.)

1994 — Kenny Rogers of the Texas Rangers pitched a perfect game, beating the California Angels, 4-0, at Arlington TX. (More info.)

1999 — Running back Barry Sanders of the Detroit Lions retired from the NFL at age 31, just 1,457 yards away from breaking Walter Payton’s all-time rushing record. (More info.)

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