On This Day

June 1954 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jun 1 Czech distance runner Emile Zatopek breaks his own 10,000m world record, clocking 28:54.2 in Brussels, Belgium
  • Jun 12 86th Belmont: Eric Guerin aboard High Gun wins in 2:30.8
  • Jun 12 Milwaukee Braves spot starting pitcher Jim Wilson throws first no-hitter in history of County Stadium when he blanks Philadelphia Phillies, 2-0

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 17 Rocky Marciano beats Ezzard Charles by unanimous points decision in his 3rd world heavyweight boxing title defence at Yankee Stadium, NYC

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • Jun 19 US Open Men's Golf, Baltusrol GC: Ed Furgol wins his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Gene Littler

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 19 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Glen Flora CC: Betty Jameson wins 6 & 5 over Louise Suggs in the final

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • Jun 26 Jim Peters runs marathon in 2:17:39.4
  • Jun 27 Hungary beats Brazil, 4-2 in the "Battle of Berne" as FIFA World Cup quarter-final descends into an all-out brawl with 3 players sent-off; fighting continues in dressing rooms after final whistle

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jun 3 Wally Weir, Quebec ice hockey player
  • Jun 5 Phil Neale, English cricketer and coach, born in Scunthorpe
  • Jun 7 Lui Passaglia, CFL place kicker (BC Lions), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jun 11 Gary Fencik, American NFL defensive back (Chicago Bears), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 11 John Dyson, Australian cricketer (NSW & Australian opening batsman), born in Kogarah, Sydney, Australia
  • Jun 13 Daniel Seemiller, American table tennis player, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 15 Beverley Whitfield, Australian swimmer (Olympic Gold 1972), born in Wollongong, Australia (d. 1996)
  • Jun 20 Alan Lamb, South African/British cricket player (79 tests for England), born in Langebaanweg, Cape Province
  • Jun 21 Jeremy Coney, New Zealand cricketer (NZ captain turned them into world-beaters), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Jun 25 John C. Kimmel, American horse trainer, born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • Jun 29 Rick Honeycutt, American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee