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  • Writer's pictureHugo Traverso

A look back on June 17, 1994: The Wildest Day of Sports

Some of you may remember these things. Two of these thing happened in New York City. One happened in Chicago. One happened at Oakmont Country Club. One happened in Kansas City. One happened in LA.

Plum, Pennsylvania: 1994 US Open - Oakmont Country Club: Arnold Palmer plays his final US Open, finishing Round 2 with an 81 which made him get cut. He was left in tears while walking down the 18th hole where he got a massive standing ovation.

New York City- Rangers Stanley Cup Parade: The New York Rangers won the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals. The Parade was one of the biggest. America's Mayor and at the time New York's Mayor Rudy Giuliani spoke a great speech. New York partied until later that night.

Los Angeles: OJ Simpson chase: OJ Simpson's ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman were killed. OJ was a suspect. He didn't show up to court when he needed to. OJ was in a white bronco on the highway with Al Cowlings who was driving. OJ supposedly had a gun to his head. Almost the whole LA force was following the car. OJ wanted to go see his family before he went to trial. He was able to talk to his family, and was taken into custody. He was safe, and never charged with the murders.

1994 NBA Finals Game 5: Madison Square Garden: Knicks v Rockets: Bob Costas was covering this game for NBC Sports. He had to work with the head anchor at NBC to cover the OJ chase while covering the game. The Knicks had a good game. This was a defining game. The series was tied 2-2. The Knicks needed this game. The Knicks ended up winning 91-84 to go up 3-2. The Rockets ended up winning the next two games to capture the trophy.

65th Game of the Mariners Regular Season: Ken Griffey ties the record for most homers before June 30: Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 30th home run of the season, tying the record for most homers before June 30. Babe Ruth had held the previous record. Griffey hit the homer off of David Cone. The Royals lost to the Mariners 5-1. Dave Fleming picked up the win.

Soldier Field, Chicago: 1994 World Cup Opener: The United States was hosting their first World Cup. Striker the World Cup pup was the mascot of the tournament. Then President of the United States Bill Clinton was at the opening. It was a great opener. Brazil beat Italy to win the World Cup that year.

There is a 30 for 30 on this. It is called June 17, 1994

Tip off at game 5

World Cup opener

OJ Chase

Ken Griffey Jr.

Arnold Palmer at his final round of 1994 US Open

94' Stanley Cup Finals Parade

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