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June 1936 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jun 1 French Championships Men's Tennis: Gottfried von Cramm of Germany wins his 2nd French title; beats Englishman Fred Perry 6-0, 2-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-0
  • Jun 1 French Championships Women's Tennis: German Hilde Sperling beats Simonne Mathieu of France 6-3, 6-4 for her second of 3 straight French titles
  • Jun 6 US Open Men's Golf, Baltusrol GC: Relatively unknown pro Tony Manero wins by 2 strokes from runner-up Harry Cooper
  • Jun 6 68th Belmont: James Stout aboard Granville wins in 2:30
  • Jun 7 Yanks beat Indians 5-4 in 16; longest game without a strikeout
  • Jun 12 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Topeka CC: Opal Hill scores a 3 & 2 win over Mrs. Charkes Dennehy to claim her second consecutive major title
  • Jun 18 1st bicycle traffic court in America established, Racine, Wisconsin

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 19 German boxer Max Schmeling KOs up-and-coming American heavyweight Joe Louis in 12 rounds at Yankee Stadium, New York

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Jun 19 Joe McCarthy is named to manage AL All-Stars, rather than high-strung Mickey Cochrane, who is very close to a nervous breakdown

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 20 Jesse Owens of US sets 100 meter record at 10.2

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 24 Rookie outfielder Joe DiMaggio ties 3 MLB records in New York's 10-run 5th inning against the White Sox, hitting 2 home runs for 8 total bases; Yankees beat Chicago, 18-4

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • Jun 27 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: Englishman Alf Padgham wins his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Jimmy Adams of Scotland

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jun 2 Vladimir Golubnichy, Soviet walker (Olympic gold 20k 1960, 68), born in Sumy, Ukraine
  • Jun 3 Colin Meads, New Zealand rugby player
  • Jun 5 M A "Kelly" Seymour, cricketer (South African off-spinner in 7 Tests 1963-70)
  • Jun 9 Mick O'Dwyer, Gaelic footballer and manager, born in Waterville, Ireland
  • Jun 18 Denny Hulme, New Zealand auto racer (F1 World Drivers' Champion 1967), born in Motueka, New Zealand (d. 1992)
  • Jun 29 David Jenkins, American figure skater (Olympic gold singles 1960; World C'ship gold singles 1957-59), born in Akron, Ohio

Person of interestHarmon Killebrew

Jun 29 Harmon Killebrew, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins), born in Payette, Idaho (d. 2011)

Baseball Player Harmon Killebrew
Baseball Player
Harmon Killebrew

Deaths in Sport

  • Jun 19 John Sharpe, cricketer (1-eyed fast bowler for England 1891-92), dies