On This Day

June 1944 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jun 1 Washington Senators MLB outfielder Stan Spence goes 6-for-6 in an 11-5 win over the St. Louis Browns; collects 5 singles and a home run
  • Jun 3 76th Belmont: G L Smith riding Bounding Home wins in 2:32.2

Battle of InterestD-Day

Jun 6 World War II: All Major League Baseball games are cancelled in honor of the D-Day landings in northern France

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Into the Jaws of Death by Robert F. Sargent
Into the Jaws of Death by Robert F. Sargent
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  • Jun 7 Achilles Veen soccer team forms in Veen
  • Jun 10 Relief pitcher Joe Nuxhall at 15 years, 316 days, debuts for Cincinnati Reds; youngest player in MLB history; becomes All Star and broadcaster
  • Jun 22 Longest shut out in Phillies history, Phils beat Braves 1-0 in 15 inn
  • Jun 26 Yanks, Dodgers & Giants play unique 6 inn game for War Bonds, each playing successive innings, final score Dodgers-5, Yanks-1 & Giants-0

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jun 2 Garo Yepremian, American NFL place kicker (Miami Dolphins), born in Larnaca, Cyprus (d. 2015)
  • Jun 2 Poul Jensen, Danish sailor (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • Jun 3 Edith McGuire, US 200m sprinter (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Jun 3 Eddy Ottoz, Italian athlete
  • Jun 5 Chris Finnegan, British boxer (Olympic gold middleweight 1968), born in Iver, Buckinghamshire, England (d. 2009)

Person of interestTommie Smith

Jun 6 Tommie Smith, American athlete and 200m sprinter who was the 1st to break the 20-second barrier (performed the black power salute while accepting his Olympic gold medal in 1968), born in Clarksville, Texas

Sprinter and Civil Rights Activist Tommie Smith
Sprinter and Civil Rights Activist
Tommie Smith
  • Jun 8 Mark Belanger, American baseball shortstop (MLB All Star 1976; 8 x Gold Glove winner; Baltimore Orioles), born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (d. 1998)
  • Jun 9 Christine Goitschel, French alpine skier (Olympic gold 1964), born in Sallanches, France
  • Jun 13 Joe Amato, NHRA top fuel drag racing champion (1991), born in Exeter, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 15 Inna Ryskai, Soviet volleyball player (Olympic-2 gold/2 silver-1964-76), born in Baku, Azerbaijan, Soviet Union
  • Jun 16 Gary F. Jones, American thoroughbred racehorse trainer ($52.6m in purses; 1,465 race wins; US Racing HOF), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2020)
  • Jun 17 Chucho Castillo, Mexican bantamweight boxer (WBA, WBC, 1970), born in Nuevo Valle de Moreno, Mexico (d. 2013)
  • Jun 20 Dave Nelson, baseball player
  • Jun 22 Michael Obst, German coxsman (Olympic gold 1960), born in German FR
  • Jun 27 Patrick Sercu, Belgian cyclist, 1K time trial (Olympic gold 1964), born in Roeselare, West Flanders, Belgium
  • Jun 30 Ron Swoboda, American baseball outfielder and sportscaster (NY Yankees, NY Mets), born in Baltimore, Maryland

Deaths in Sport

  • Jun 2 Vera Menchik, Russian born British chess master, 1st official women's world chess champion (1927-39), dies in a London air raid at 38
  • Jun 13 Christopher Heseltine, cricketer (2 Tests for England 1895-96), dies
  • Jun 19 Bill Bradley, cricketer (bowled for England in two Tests 1899), dies
  • Jun 26 Billy Newham, cricketer (England Test 1887), dies