On This Day in Sports Odds History


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1977 (Horse Racing): Sent off as the 2-5 favorite, Seattle Slew becomes the 10th horse to win the Triple Crown after winning the 109th Belmont Stakes by 4 lengths. Seattle Slew was the first and remained the only undefeated Triple Crown winner until Justify joined him in 2018.


1999 (NBA): The New York Knicks become the first #8 seed to reach the NBA Finals after beating the Indiana Pacers 90-82 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Knicks were 2½-point home underdogs and entered Game 1 as +200 underdogs to win the series. New York would go on to lose in 5 games to the San Antonio Spurs in what remains as their last Finals appearance.


2012 (NHL): The Los Angeles Kings win their first Stanley Cup and become the first #8 seed to win the title after defeating the New Jersey Devils in Game 6 by a score of 6-1. The Kings entered the playoffs +2200 to win the title which was actually higher than their closing preseason odds of +1600. Entering Game 1 of the Finals Los Angeles was -170 to win the series as goalie Jonathan Quick took home the Conn Smythe trophy.