On This Day

June 1950 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jun 2 St Louis Browns pitcher Harry Dorish swipes home vs Washington Senators
  • Jun 3 French Championships Men's Tennis: Budge Patty wins first of 2 Grand Sam titles that year; beats Jaroslav Drobný 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 5-7, 7-5
  • Jun 3 French Championships Women's Tennis: Doris Hart beats fellow American Patricia Todd 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 for her 1st of 2 French singles titles
  • Jun 4 Dutch cyclist Wim van Est wins Bordeaux-Paris (586 km in 17:25)
  • Jun 8 Boston Red Sox rout St Louis Browns, 29-4 at Fenway Park; set 6 MLB records including runs scored and most total bases, 60
  • Jun 8 Test Cricket debut of famous West Indian spin twins Alf Valentine and Sonny Ramadhin in 1st Test v England at Manchester; Valentine takes 8-104 on Day 1 but WI lose by 202 runs
  • Jun 10 82nd Belmont: William Boland aboard Middleground wins in 2:28.6

Sport awardUS Golf Open

Jun 11 50th US Open Men's Golf, Merion GC: 16 months after being severely injured in an auto accident, Ben Hogan beats Lloyd Mangrum by 4 shots and George Fazio by 6 in an 18-hole playoff; the "Miracle at Merion"

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 12 Following his retirement announcement after 49 years as Philadelphia Athletics manager Connie Mack is named Honorary Manager of the MLB All-Star Game

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • Jun 18 Cleveland Indians score 14 runs in 1st inning, beat A's 21-2

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 20 Joe DiMaggio's 2,000th hit, Yanks beat Indians 8-2

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • Jun 21 Joe DiMaggio gets his 2,000th hit
  • Jun 23 Yanks & Tigers hit record 11 HRs, Tigers win 10-9
  • Jun 24 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Cherry Hills CC: Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins her 4th Western Open; beats Peggy Kirk, 5 & 3
  • Jun 27 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Scioto CC: American Chandler Harper wins his only major title; beats Harry Williams Jr., 4 & 3 in the final
  • Jun 29 Striker Joe Gaetjens heads US to an upset, 1-0 win over England in a FIFA World Cup group match in Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Americans next win over England: 1994

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jun 3 Marlene Elejarde, 4x100m runner (Olympic silver 1968), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Jun 4 Brian Rose, English cricketer (England batsman in 9 Tests 1977-81), born in Dartford, Kent, England
  • Jun 5 Adrian Cosma, Romania, team handball (Olympic silver 1976)
  • Jun 11 Pokey Watson, American 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1968), born in Mineola, New York
  • Jun 13 Gerd Zewe, German football player and manager, born in Stennweiler, West Germany
  • Jun 17 Cathy Sherk, Canadian golfer (Canadian Women's PGA C'ship 1988, 90-91), born in Bancroft, Ontario
  • Jun 18 Annelie Ehrhardt, German 100m hurdler (Olympic gold 1972), born in Hötensleben, East Germany
  • Jun 25 Tatyana Averina, Russian speed skater 1K, 3K (Olympic gold 1976), born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (d. 2001)
  • Jun 27 Benjamin Peterson, American heavyweight boxer (Olympic gold 1972), born in Barron County, Wisconsin
  • Jun 28 Ken Arthur, Australian softball asst coach (Olympic bronze 1996)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jun 4 Sam Staples, English cricket medium pace bowler (3 Tests, 15 wickets; Nottinghamshire), dies at 57
  • Jun 17 Syed Wazir Ali, cricketer (7 Tests for India), dies
  • Jun 20 Claude Jennings, cricketer (Aust opening bat in 1912 Triangular), dies