On This Day

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 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

  • 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 baseball team Cleveland Indians for $2.2 million

  • Jun 22 Alec Bedser takes 7-49 v India on 1st day of his 1st Test cricket
  • Jun 22 Bill Veeck purchases Cleveland Indians
  • 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 and 1st female Grand National winning trainer, born in Hoby, Leicestershire
  • Jun 15 Roger Tolchard, cricketer (Engl keeper played Tests as a batsman 1977)

Deaths in Sport

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

Jack Johnson

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

  • 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