On This Day

June 1941 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jun 1 Future Hall of Fame outfielder Mel Ott hits his 400th career HR and his 1,500th RBI to help New York Giants to a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds
  • Jun 4 Nazis forbid Jews access to beaches & swimming pools

Sports History

Jun 5 Sandor Szabo beats B Nagurski in St Louis, to become wrestling champ

  • Jun 6 MLB New York Giants use plastic batting helmets for 1st time

US Golf Open

Jun 7 US Open Men's Golf, Colonial CC, Fort Worth: In sweltering heat, Craig Wood wins by 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Denny Shute

Sports History

Jun 7 73rd Belmont: Eddie Arcaro wins aboard Whirlaway to claim first of 2 Triple Crowns

Boxing Title Fight

Jun 18 In his 18th world heavyweight title defence Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in 13th round in front of a crowd of 54,487 at the Polo Grounds, NYC


Birthdays in Sport

  • Jun 1 Dean Chance, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1964, 67; Cy Young Award 1964; no-hitter 1967), born in Wooster, Ohio (d. 2015)
  • Jun 2 Lou Nanne, Canadian-born American hockey player (Minnesota North Stars), born in Sault Ste. Maria, Ontario

Robert Kraft

Jun 5 Robert Kraft, American owner of the New England Patriots, born in Brookline, Massachusetts

  • Jun 12 Marv Albert, American "Yes!" sportscaster (NBC-TV)/back biter, born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 13 Marcel Lachemann, American MLB manager and pitching coach (Oakland Athletics), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 14 Inge Danielsson, Swedish soccer midfielder (17 caps; Ifö/Bromölla IF, Helsingborgs IF, AFC Ajax, IFK Norrköping), born in Bromölla, Sweden (d. 2021)
  • Jun 24 Graham McKenzie, Australian cricket fast bowler (60 Tests, 246 wickets; WA CA, Leicestershire CCC), born in Perth, Australia
  • Jun 28 Al Downing, American MLB baseball player (NY Yankees), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Jun 29 Margitta Gummel-Helmbold, German track & field athlete (Olympic gold GDR women's shot put 1968), born in Magdeburg, Germany (d. 2021)
  • Jun 29 John Boccabella, American baseball player (Chicago Cubs), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jun 30 John Jameson, English cricketer (England batsman, 465 p/ship with Kanhai), born in Bombay, British India
  • Jun 30 Peter Pollock, South African cricketer (brother of Graeme, father of Shaun, S African quickie), born in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa

Weddings in Sport

Red Auerbach

Jun 5 NBA coach Red Auerbach (23) weds Dorothy Lewis

Deaths in Sport

Lou Gehrig

Jun 2 Lou Gehrig, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (6 x World Series, 2 x AL MVP), dies of motor neurone disease at 37

  • Jun 6 Louis Chevrolet, Swiss auto racer (co-founder Chevrolet Motor Car Company), dies of a heart attack at 62