June 1955 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports History

Jun 3 Stan Musial hits his 300th HR

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 4 French Championships Men's Tennis: Defending champion Tony Trabert beats Sven Davidson of Sweden 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2

  • Jun 4 French Championships Women's Tennis: Angela Mortimer of England beats American Dorothy Knode 2-6, 7-5, 10-8 for her first Grand Slam singles title

Sports History

Jun 5 NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits 550' HR off Chicago Billy Pierce

Sports History

Jun 8 MLB Brooklyn Dodgers option pitcher (and future Baseball Hall of Fame manager) Tommy Lasorda to make room on roster for future Hall of Famer, pitcher Sandy Koufax

  • Jun 9 Test Cricket debut of Ken Barrington, v South Africa at Trent Bridge
  • Jun 11 Le Mans race car accident kills 83 spectators (race continues)
  • Jun 13 Mercedes racing car kills 77 at Le Mans, France
  • Jun 15 The International Olympic Committee votes to award Rome the rights to host the 1960 Summer Olympic Games
  • Jun 19 Mickey Mantle hits career HR # 100
  • Jun 19 Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs, 1-0 in 15 innings; ties longest shutout in club history

US Golf Open

Jun 19 US Open Men's Golf, Olympic CC: Jack Fleck wins an 18-hole playoff by 3 strokes to claim his only major title and deny Ben Hogan a record fifth US Open title

Baseball History

Jun 24 Harmon Killebrew hits his 1st HR (off Billy Hoeff)

Sports History

Jun 26 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Maple Bluff CC: Patty Berg wins her 5th WO title by 2 strokes from Louise Suggs and Fay Croker; first WO played at stroke play

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jun 1 Chiyonofuji Mitsugu, Japanese sumo wrestler (31 tournament c'ships; Kyushu Tournament 1981-88), born in Fukushima, Japan (d. 2016)
  • Jun 1 Lorraine Moller, New Zealand athlete (Olympic bronze marathon 1996; Boston Marathon 1984; Osaka Ladies Marathon 1986, 87, 89), born in Putaruru, New Zealand
  • Jun 5 Edino, Brazilian soccer defender (45 caps; Fluminense, Udinese) and manager (Fluminense, Boavista), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Jun 11 Yuriy Sedykh, Russian field athlete (Olympic gold hammer throw 1976, 80 Soviet Union; WR 86.74m), born in Novocherkassk, Russia (d. 2021)
  • Jun 13 Alan Hansen, Scottish soccer defender (26 caps; Liverpool 434 games) and broadcaster (BBC Match of the Day), born in Sauchie, Scotland
  • Jun 14 Vince Evans, American football quarterback (USC; MVP Rose Bowl 1977; NFL: Chicago Bears, LA / Oakland Raiders), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Jun 16 Tree Rollins, American NBA center (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Winter Haven, Florida
  • Jun 21 Juan Carlos Orellana, Chilean soccer left winger (11 caps; Deportes Temuco, CSD Colo-Colo, O'Higgins FC), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 2022)

Michel PlatiniMichel Platini (67 years old)

Jun 21 French footballer, born in Jœuf, France

  • Jun 23 Jean Tigana, French footballer
  • Jun 24 Loren Roberts, American golfer (British Senior Open 2006, 09; US Open 1994 runner-up), born in San Luis Obispo, California
  • Jun 26 Philippe Streiff, French auto racer (55 x F1 Grand Prix; 24 Hours of Le Mans 1981 runner-up; French Formula 3 C'ship 1981), born in La Tronche, France (d. 2022)
  • Jun 27 Isabelle Adjani, French actress (Story of Adele H, Driver, Ishtar), born in Paris, France
  • Jun 28 Eric Gates, English football player, born in Ferryhill, County Durham, England

Nikolay ZimyatovNikolay Zimyatov (67 years old)

Jun 28 Soviet-Russian cross-country skier (5 Olympic golds 1980 & 84), born in Moscow, Soviet Union

Weddings in Sport

Lew Hoad

Jun 18 Former World No. 1 tennis player Lew Hoad (20) weds tennis player Jenny Staley (21) at St Mary's Church in Wimbledon, England

Deaths in Sport

  • Jun 10 Margaret Abbott, American golfer (1st American woman to win Olympic event, golf 1900), dies at 76
  • Jun 22 Sadashiv Garpatrao Shinde, cricketer (7 Tests for India), dies at 31