June 1946 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jun 1 78th Belmont Stakes: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:30.8; 7th horse to win the Triple Crown
  • Jun 6 The Basketball Association of America is formed in New York City
  • Jun 7 MLB Pittsburgh Pirates players attempt to unionize and vote 20-16 to go on strike rather than play the New York Giants; vote fell short of required 2/3 majority and union fizzles, and Pirates win 10-5 at Forbes Field, Pittsburghn
  • Jun 9 66,545 fans help Yanks break million attendance mark, the earliest

Boxing Title Fight

Jun 9 Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

Sports History

Jun 9 New York Giant Mel Ott becomes first manager in MLB history to be ejected from both games of a doubleheader; Giants lose both games to Pittsburgh Pirates

US Golf Open

Jun 16 US Open Men's Golf, Canterbury GC: World War II veteran Lloyd Mangrum defeats Byron Nelson and Vic Ghezzi in 36 playoff holes to win his only major title

Sports History

Jun 21 Bill Veeck buys MLB baseball team Cleveland Indians for $2.2 million

Cricket History

Jun 22 Alec Bedser takes 7-49 v India on 1st day of his 1st Test cricket

  • Jun 28 Permanent radio play-by-play of Cleveland Indians games begins

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jun 2 Roger Freed, baseball player
  • Jun 8 Richie Robinson, Australian cricket wicketkeeper (3 Tests; 4 dismissals; WSC; Victoria), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jun 10 Paul Gludovatz, Austrian football manager (Austria U-20; SV Ried, TSV Hartberg, SV Eberau), born in Eberau, Austria (d. 2021)
  • Jun 11 Jenny Pitman, British racehorse trainer (Grand National [Corbiere 1983 first female trainer; Royal Athlete 1995]; Cheltenham Gold Cup 1984, 91), born in Hoby, England
  • Jun 15 Roger Tolchard, cricketer (Engl keeper played Tests as a batsman 1977)
  • Jun 28 David Duckham, English rugby union outside back (36 Tests England, 3 British & Irish Lions; Coventry RFC), born in Coventry, England (d. 2023)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jun 5 Maud Watson, British tennis player (first Wimbledon female champion 1884-85), dies at 81

Jack Johnson (1878-1946)

Jun 10 American boxer (1st African-American world heavyweight champion 1908-15), dies in a car accident aged 68

  • Jun 14 Kristian Hellström, Swedish athlete (Olympic bronze 1,500m 1906) and executive (first Secretary-General International Association of Athletics Federations 1913-14), dies at 65
  • Jun 17 Joe Dawson, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1912), dies at 56
  • Jun 29 Frank Hadow, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1878; first exponent of the lob), dies at 91