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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Jun 9 NY Giant Mel Ott is 1st mgr ejected from both games of a doubleheader

Sport awardUS 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

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 21 Bill Veeck buys Indians for $2.2 million

MLB Team Owner and Promoter Bill Veeck
MLB Team Owner and Promoter
Bill Veeck
  • 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 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
  • Jun 10 Jack Johnson, American boxer (1st African-American heavyweight boxing champion [1908-15]), dies in a car accident aged 68
  • Jun 29 Frank Hadow, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1878; first exponent of the lob), dies at 91