On This Day

June 1956 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jun 10 XVI Summer Olympic equestrian events open in Stockholm
  • Jun 13 1st European Cup Final, Paris: Héctor Rial scores twice as Real Madrid beats Stade de Reims, 4-3 to claim inaugural title

Sport awardUS Golf Open

Jun 16 US Open Men's Golf, Oak Hill CC: Cary Middlecoff wins his second Open title, 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Julius Boros and Ben Hogan

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • Jun 16 88th Belmont: David Erb aboard Needles wins in 2:29.8

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 20 At Detroit's Briggs Stadium, Mickey Mantle hits 2 Billy Hoeft pitches into right center field bleachers (no else hits 1 there)

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Jun 24 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Forest Lake CC: Marlene Hagge wins her only major title; beats Patty Berg by 2 strokes in a sudden-death playoff
  • Jun 27 Indians trailing Orioles 9-1 come back to win 12-11 in 11 innings
  • Jun 29 American Charles Dumas records first high jump over 7' (2.13m) during US Olympic Trials at Los Angeles, California

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jun 3 Suren Nalbandyan, USSR, lightweight (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Jun 3 George Burley, Scottish football player and manager
  • Jun 4 John Treacy, Irish marathoner (Olympic silver 1984), born in Villierstown, County Waterford
  • Jun 4 Terry Kennedy, American baseball player, born in Euclid, Ohio
  • Jun 4 Martin Adams, English darts player (BDO World Champion 2007, 10-11), born in Sutton, Surrey, England
  • Jun 6 Andy Pycroft, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman)

Person of interestBjörn Borg

Jun 6 Björn Borg, Swedish tennis player (11-time Grand Slam winner), born in Stockholm, Sweden

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Jun 7 Robert Dover, American equestrian dressage (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestJoe Montana

Jun 11 Joe Montana, NFL quarterback (San Francisco 49ers), born in New Eagle, Pennsylvania

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • Jun 12 Terry Alderman, Australian cricketer (prolific Australian medium-pacer 1981-91), born in Subiaco, Perth, Australia
  • Jun 14 Fred Funk, American golfer (The Tradition 2008, 10; US Senior Open 2009), born in Takoma Park, Maryland
  • Jun 15 Lance Parrish 'Big Wheel', American baseball player, born in Clairton, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 17 Nick Cook, English cricketer (left arm slow bowler in 15 Tests 1983-89), born in Leicester
  • Jun 20 Peter Reid, English former footballer
  • Jun 21 Mikhail Burtsev, Soviet sabre fencer (Olympic gold 1976, 1980), born in Moscow (d. 2015)
  • Jun 21 Rick Sutcliffe, American baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers, Chicago Cubs), born in Independence, Missouri
  • Jun 22 Alfons De Wolf, Belgian cyclist
  • Jun 23 Tony Hill, American football player
  • Jun 27 Jeff Odintz, American horse trainer, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 27 Brad Childress, American football coach, born in Aurora, Illinois
  • Jun 29 Pedro Guerrero, Dominican MLB player (LA Dodgers), born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic

Weddings in Sport

  • Jun 6 Three-time Olympic Champion figure skater Sonja Henie (44) weds Norwegian shipping magnate and art patron Niels Onstad (47)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jun 17 Bob Sweikert, American racing driver (b. 1926)
  • Jun 29 Max Emmerich, American athlete and gymnast (Olympic gold, triathlon 1904), dies at 77