Chicago Bulls

June 16 in Sports History: Jordan comes back to lead the Bulls

In 1996: The Chicago Bulls won their fourth NBA championship in six years by defeating the Seattle Supersonics 87-75 to win the series 4-2. Jordan won his record fourth Finals MVP (he would capture all six) on a bittersweet day. The game was played on Father’s Day, and Jordan’s father James had been murdered in North Carolina three years earlier. The most memorable scene was Jordan collapsing to the locker room, overcome with emotion.

The 1995-96 Bulls were considered one of the greatest teams in NBA history. In Jordan’s first full season back since his first retirement (he played less than half of the ‘95 season), Chicago finished with a 72-10 regular season record followed by a 15-3 playoff record. They swept the Heat in the first round, knocked off the Knicks in five games, swept the Magic in the conference finals and took out the Sonics in six. (

In 1974: Hale Irwin won the U.S. Open at Winged Foot, the site of this year’s tournament. Irwin took the Open with a seven over par 287, which was the second highest winning score of the last half of the century. The course was brutal, and many believed it was the hardest U.S. Open ever. Some even called it the “Massacre at Winged Foot.” Jay Haas was the “low” amateur at a mind-boggling +28. The course played 6,961 yards in 1974; it is over 7,200 this year, so look out for some high scores. (

By Vin

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