Today in Sports History: June 11th


(The iconic photo of Hogan on No. 18. Photo by Hy Peskin)

6/11/1950 - Hogan wins US Open

At the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore Pennsylvania, Ben Hogan beats George Fazio and Lloyd Mangrum in an 18-hole playoff to win the US Open. Hogan had gotten in a serious car accident 16 months earlier, and many believed that his golfing career had come to an end. But Hogan demonstrated that he still had life in him; on the 18th hole on Sunday, Hogan birdied a difficult final hole to force the extra session with Fazio and Mangrum. The photo of him teeing off on 18 is one of the most famous PGA snapshots of the 20th century.

For Hogan, who won nine majors in his career, it was the crowning victory of his career. The aforementioned car wreck in 1949 had left with him several serious injuries, including a near-fatal blood clot. Hogan survived death by leaning over in the driver's seat to protect his wife -- an instinct that prevented the steering collumn from colliding into and likely killing him.


(The Flu Game. Photo by Andy Hayt, Getty Images)

6/11/1997 - The Flu Game

Of all the great performances Michael Jordan had during his NBA career, none may have been more impressive than what he did in the "Flu Game."

It was Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals. The Utah Jazz and Chicago Bulls were tied at two games apiece. Michael Jordan was suffering from a terrible stomach virus and was getting no help from his Bulls teammates. By the second quarter, the Jazz had taken a 16-point lead and were well on track to taking a 3-2 series advantage.

It was then that Jordan stepped up his game. Overcoming dehydration, exhaustion, nausea, and a 103-degree temperature, Jordan scored 15 of his team's 23 points in the final period and brought the Bulls back from the dead. With 46.5 seconds left, Jordan went to the foul line with the Jazz leading, 85-84. Michael made the first one but watched as the second one caromed off the front iron. Toni Kukoc got a hand on the ball and Jordan raced in to snatch up the offensive rebound. Twenty seconds later, Jordan drilled an open three over John Stockton that gave the Bulls an 88-85 lead.

''I wished we could have done more to help him,'' said Scottie Pippen, who hit just five of 17 shots. ''I've played many seasons with Michael and I've never seen him as sick as he was tonight, to the point where I didn't even think he was going to be able to put his uniform on. And the effort he gave, the leadership, was just incredible.''

Jordan finished 38 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the Bulls came away with a 90-88 lead. With 6.2 seconds remaining, Jordan was so tired that he had to be helped to the bench by Pippen. The photograph of Pippen leading him to the sideline is one of the most famous images in NBA history.

''I feel better that we won,'' Jordan said afterward. ''I endured it and it went to a good cause because we won. Now we want to go home and accomplish what we want to accomplish.''

In Game 6, the Bulls went out and accomplished just that. However this time, it was Steve Kerr, and not Michael Jordan, who hit the deciding bucket.

6/11/2005 - Tyson's final fight

In the final fight of Mike Tyson's boxing career, Iron Mike goes down to an absolute unknown. Nobody knew his career was over more than Tyson, who officially declared the end of his career after the fight.

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(Fisher hits his game-tying shot. Photo by Chris Graythen, Getty Images)

6/11/2009 - Fisher's threes send Magic crying

Fourteen years earlier, the Orlando Magic's first home loss of the NBA Finals came in large part to two things: missed free throws down the stretch and a clutch three-pointer from the opposing team's point guard. Fourteen years later, it was deja vu. The Orlando Magic held a three point lead and the ball with only 11.1 seconds left. Fortunately for their opponents, the Lakers, Orlando inbounded the ball to the worst foul shooter on the team, Dwight Howard. All the Magic needed was for him to make one foul shot to secure the win, however he missed on both, and L.A. called timeout.

On their next possession, the Lakers brought the ball in from the backcourt. Derek Fisher entered the front court, with Orlando's Jameer Nelson defending him. Magic coach Stan Van Gundy had instructed his team not to foul and to play defense instead. So as Fisher neared the three point line, Nelson stayed back, allowing Fisher to have a good look at a three. As he had done several times before, Fisher's late shot was good and tied the game at 87.

The game went to overtime. With less than a minute to go in the extra period, the game was tied at 91 when Fisher hit another huge three-pointer. His longball from straight away was just his second three of the game, but it was good enough to give the Lakers the lead. L.A. did not look back and held on win Game 4, 99-91, taking a 3-1 series lead.

"He's been there before," said Kobe Bryant, who scored a game-high 32 points. "He has been there and done that. That's Derek. He just has supreme confidence and I think those shots at the end of the game are actually easier for him than the other ones."

For the Magic it was a crushing defeat. Besides Howard's missed freebies, Hedo Turkoglu had also missed four foul shots in the final period. No team had ever come back from a 3-1 deficit in the Finals, and Orlando would not change that; three days later, they got blown out in Game 5 and officially lost the series in five games.

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