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By On This Day in NYC's History

TWO SAILORS ROWED ACROSS THE ATLANTIC

On June 7th, 1896: George Harbo and Frank Samuelsson rowed across the Atlantic Ocean from New York Harbor to England. They arrived 55 days after they left in the Isles of Scilly off the southwestern tip of the Cornish peninsula of Great Britain. The time record lasted 114 years, but was broken by four rowers instead of two.

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THE NEW YORK METS DRAFTED DOC

On June 7, 1982: The NY Mets drafted pitcher Dwight Gooden. Dwight Gooden was one of the most dominant pitchers during his era. His curveball even earned a nickname: “Lord Charles.” This was a play on a common nickname for the curveball: “Uncle Charlie.” Gooden is a three-time World Series Champion, who has won the National League Cy Young Award, and won of the few pitchers to win the pitching Triple Crown (lead the league in strikeouts, wins, and earned run average).

BORN ON THIS DAY: HEATH SLOCUMB

On June 7, 1966: Former Major League Baseball pitcher Heath “Heathcliff” Slocumb was born. Slocumb played for 10 years, and was an All-Star in 1995. He had over 500 strikeouts in his career.

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