New York has a rich sports history. And while some of the most memorable games and individual performances have happened here, we can also claim another unique feat. Multiple sporting events.
Including New Jersey, it will be difficult to top, June 9, 2012. At 3 p.m., at MetLife Stadium, Lionel Messi scores three goals as Argentina tops Brazil in a friendly between two of soccers legendary clubs. Across the river, at Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island, former Olympian Tyson Gay returns to competitive racing at the Adidas Grand Prix, winning his heat in the 100. While just up the Major Deegan, Mark Teixeira blasts a home run as the Yankees beat the Mets, 4-2, at Yankee Stadium in the annual Subway Series.
Meanwhile, over on Long Island, Union Rags wins the Belmont Stakes. And finally, back in New Jersey, at the Prudential Center, Devils goaltender and future Hall-of-Famer Martin Broduer makes 25 saves as the New Jersey beats the Kings, 2-1, in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Here are some of New York's other multi-event days:
Aug. 29, 2011: A trio of events, including the first day of the U.S. Open at the National Tennis Center in Flushing, a Mets doubleheader down the street at Citi Field and the Jets vs. Giants in a preseason game. Pretty cool day of sports television for you, you know, if you have power after Hurricane Irene rolled through Long Island on Sunday.
June 5, 2010: New York hosted three major events -- the Mets against the Marlins at Citi Field, the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park and a world title title fight at Yankee Stadium. The Miguel Cotto-Yuri Foreman WBA super welterweight championship bout was the first fight at the new Yankee Stadium and the first boxing match at Yankee Stadium since Muhammad Ali beat Ken Norton in 1976. (Watch our related video in the left rail.)
June 9, 2007: Roger Clemens returns to Yankee Stadium after coming out of retirement and earns a 6-3 win over the Pirates. At Belmont Park, Rags to Riches becomes the first filly in 102 years, and only the third in 139, to win the Belmont Stakes. At Madison Square Garden, Miguel Cotto retains the WBA welterweight title with an 11th-round TKO over Brooklyn's Zab Judah.
September 9, 2006: It's all about Flushing. In the early afternoon, Roger Federer and Andy Roddick win their semifinal matches at the U.S. Open. Meanwhile, across the street, Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez outduels Greg Maddux, as the Mets beat the Dodgers, 3-2, at Shea Stadium. In the evening, back over at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Maria Sharapova defeats Justin Henin, 6-4, 6-4, to win the women's final.
June 5, 1999: It would be hard for any city, anywhere, to rival this day. The Yankees beat the Mets, 6-3, at Yankee Stadium in the second game of the annual Subway Series. At Belmont Park, Lemon Drop Kid wins the Belmont Stakes, denying Charismatic horse racing's Triple Crown. Charismatic finishes third as the last Triple Crown winner remains Affirmed in 1978. And in the evening, at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks rally to beat the Pacers, 92-91 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. With 5.7 seconds left, Larry Johnson is fouled while making a `three-pointer and converts the four-point play for the win.
June 13, 1986: The Mets beat the Pirates, 6-5 at Shea Stadium. Doc Gooden pitches eight innings but Jesse Orosco blows the save to deny Doc the win. Darryl Strawberry knocks in Mookie Wilson in the bottom of the ninth for the walk-off win. Barry Bonds bats leadoff for the Pirates and is removed late in the game after a double-switch. The U.S. Open returns to Shinnecock Hills Golf Club for the first time since 1896. On this day, Joey Sindelar shoots a second-round best 66. Greg Norman shoots a 68 and is the leader after two rounds. (Raymond Floyd would ultimately win the tournament. ) At Madison Square Garden, in a thrilling fight, Hector Camacho retains the WBC lightweight title with a split decision win over Edwin Rosario. Future hall-of-famers Julio Cesar Chavez and Mike Tyson both win undercard fights.
June 7, 1941: With Eddie Accaro on board, Whirlaway becomes the fifth thoroughbred to complete horse racing's Triple Crown by winning the Belmont Stakes in Elmont. The Cardinals beat the Giants, 11-3, at the Polo Grounds and the Reds topped the Dodgers, 8-3, at Ebbets Field. In Forest Hills, a pair of tennis legends take center court. Don Budge defeats Bill Tilden in straight sets in the semifinals of what the New York Times described as a round-robin pro tournament to determine a world champion. (The U.S. Open is still an amateur event.) And on Travers Island, the New York Athletic Club held the 146th annual track and field games.
The 1980 to 1983 events were originally reported by Newsday's Bob Herzog, with Bill Shannon, of the New York Sports Museum.