On This Day in Sports Odds History


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1973 (Horse Racing): Sent off as the 1-10 favorite, Secretariat wins the 105th Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths and becomes the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years. The winning margin in the largest in any of the Triple Crown races.


1987 (NBA): The Los Angeles Lakers take a 3-1 series lead over the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals after Magic Johnson hits the 'baby skyhook' with 2 seconds left to give the Lakers a 107-106 Game 4 victory. Los Angeles failed to cover the spread as 3½-point road underdogs as Johnson finished with a game high 29 points. The Lakers entered Game 1 as -600 favorites to win the series as they would go on to win the title in Game 6 back at home. Johnson was named Finals MVP for the 3rd time as he averaged 26.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 13.0 assists for the series.


1991 (Tennis): As a +180 underdog, Jim Courier wins his first career Grand Slam title at the French Open defeating fellow American Andre Agassi 3-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4. Courier entered the tournament at +800 to win the title.


2003 (NHL): Martin Brodeur records his 3rd shutout of the Stanley Cup Finals and 7th of the playoffs (both records to this day) as the New Jersey Devils win the Stanley Cup by defeating the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 3-0 in Game 7. The Devils were a -180 home favorite for the game and entered Game 1 as -170 favorites to win the series. The Conn Smythe award went to a goalie but not Brodeur as the Mighty Ducks' Jean-Sebastien Giguere picked up the award after going 15-6 with 5 shutouts and recording a 1.62 goals against average (Brodeur was 16-8 and had a 1.65 GAA). Giguere remains as the last player from the losing team in the Finals to win the award.


2018 (Horse Racing): Sent off as the 4-5 favorite, Justify becomes the 13th Triple Crown winner after winning the 150th Belmonth Stakes by 1¾ lengths. He joined Seattle Slew as the only undefeated Triple Crown winners.