Rocky Marciano beats Ezzard Charles in 15 rounds to maintain the heavyweight title. The two fought again three months later with Marciano winning by KO in the eighth round.
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Ernie Banks and Willie Mays
Ernie Banks (504) and Willie Mays (615) both homer, marking the first time two big leaguers with 500 home runs went deep in the same game.
3 of 8John D. Hanlon/SI
The ABA agrees to merge four of its teams -- the New York Nets, Denver Rockets, Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs -- into the NBA.
4 of 8Walter Iooss Jr./SI
Yankee southpaw Ron Guidry strikes out 15 Angels in six innings and finishes with 18 Ks for the game, establishing a new American League mark for left-handers.
5 of 8Lynn Santiago/Reuters
Mike Tyson and Robin Givens
As the turbulent marriage of Mike Tyson and Robin Givens reaches its fourth month, Givens' sister, Stephanie, tells the press that Tyson physically abuses Robin during arguments.
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The Philadelphia 76ers trade Charles Barkley to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Jeff Hornacek, Tim Perry and Andrew Lang.
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In one of the most surreal scenes in recent history, O.J. Simpson leads the police on a slow-speed chase down Interstate 405 in southern California. Simpson, who was being driven by friend Al Cowlings, was accused of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
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