On This Day

June 1879 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jun 5 13th Belmont: George Evans riding Spendthrift wins in 2:42.75
  • Jun 21 Infielder William White plays one game for the Providence Grays with conjecture was the first African-American to play MLB even though he appeared Caucasian

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jun 5 RenĂ© Pottier, French racing cyclist (Tour de France 1906), born in Moret-sur-Loing, Seine-et-Marne, France (d. 1907)
  • Jun 8 Ethel Larcombe, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1912), born in Islington, England (d. 1965)
  • Jun 11 Roger Bresnahan, American baseball player, born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1944)
  • Jun 13 George Gunn, English cricketer (elegant English batsman 1907-30), born in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1958)