On This Day

June 1968 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jun 1 100th Belmont: Gus Gustines aboard Stage Door Johnny wins in 2:27.2
  • Jun 1 St. Louis Cardinals side-arming left-hander Joe Hoerner ties NL record for most consecutive strikeouts by a relief pitcher, fanning the final 6 batters to earn a 6-5 victory over the New York Mets
  • Jun 3 Yanks turn 21st triple-play in their history lose 4-3 to Twins
  • Jun 4 Don Drysdale pitches his 6th straight shutout, en route to 58 innings
  • Jun 8 Don Drysdale pitches a record 58th consecutive scoreless inning

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

Jun 8 French Open Women's Tennis: American Nancy Richey beats Ann Haydon-Jones 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 for her second and last Grand Slam singles title

Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

Jun 9 French Open Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Ken Rosewall beats Rod Laver 6-3, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2; first Grand Slam of Open Era allowing professional players to compete

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • Jun 10 4h Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats France 20-2
  • Jun 10 UEFA European Championship Final, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy: Italy beats Yugoslavia, 2-0 in a replay (first game, 1-1)
  • Jun 15 15th Curtis Cup: US wins 10½-7½ at Royal County Down Golf Club (Newcastle, Northern Ireland)

Sport awardUS Golf Open

Jun 16 US Open Golf, Oak Hill CC: Lee Trevino wins his first major title by 4 shots from Jack Nicklaus; first to play sub-70 golf in Open history

  • Jun 20 Jim Hines becomes 1st person to run 100 meters in under 10 seconds
  • Jun 23 74 are killed and 150 injured in a football stampede towards a closed exit in a Buenos Aires stadium

Sport awardLPGA Championship

Jun 24 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Pleasant Valley CC: Canadian Sandra Post wins an 18-hole playoff against Kathy Whitworth by 7 strokes

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 24 Joe Frazier stops Mexican challenger Manuel Ramos in 2nd round TKO at NYC's Madison Square Garden in his first heavyweight boxing title defence

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jun 1 Larry Centers, American NFL fullback (Pro Bowl 1995, 96, 2001; All-Pro 1996; Super Bowl 2003; Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, NE Patriots), born in Tyler, Texas
  • Jun 3 Alfred Kotey, Ghanaian boxer (WBO Bantamweight C'ship 1994-95), born in Accra, Ghana (d. 2020)
  • Jun 6 Craig Roberts, Canadian 68 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Everett, Washington
  • Jun 6 Edwin Vurens, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente)
  • Jun 7 Adam Walker, NFL running back (SF 49ers)
  • Jun 7 Melissa Coombes, American female pitcher (Colo Silver Bullets), born in San Gabriel, California
  • Jun 8 Dave Mlicki, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jun 8 Rob Ray, Belleville, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Jun 9 Tom Rouen, NFL punter (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Jun 10 Kevin Donnalley, NFL guard/tackle (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • Jun 12 Patty Armstrong, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Torrance, California
  • Jun 12 Scott Aldred, American MLB pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Jun 13 Bruce Beaton, CFL corner (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Jun 13 Fabio Baldato, Italian cyclist, born in Lonigo, Italy
  • Jun 14 Brian Wiggins, American NFL wide receiver (Carolina Panthers), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • Jun 14 Eric Murdock, American NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies, Miami Heat), born in Somerville, New Jersey
  • Jun 14 Tony Smith, American NBA guard (Miami Heat), born in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
  • Jun 15 Tim Lester, American NFL fullback (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jun 16 Alton Montgomery, NFL safety (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Jun 16 Matt Turk, NFL punter (Washington Redskins)
  • Jun 16 Nehemiah Perry, cricketer (fine Jamaican off-spinner)
  • Jun 18 John Lumkes, 3k steeplechase runner, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 19 Jud Buechler, NBA guard/forward (Chicago Bulls)
  • Jun 20 Fred McAfee, NFL running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Jun 20 Mike McCarthy, American pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1988, 96), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 21 Alastair Campbell Mackintosh, New Zealand coxless rower (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Jun 21 Darryl Shannon, Barrie, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Jun 21 Henry Newby, NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Jun 22 Darrell Armstrong, NBA guard (Orlando Magic)
  • Jun 23 Kent Steffes, beach volleyballer (Olympic gold 1996), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Jun 26 Shannon Sharpe, American NFL tight end (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 26 Paolo Maldini, Italian footballer (A.C. Milan, Italy national team), born in Milan, Italy
  • Jun 29 Theoren Fleury, Canadian NHL right wing (Calgary Flames, Canada), born in Oxbow, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Jun 30 Dan Peltier, American baseball outfielder (SF Giants), born in Clifton Park, New York
  • Jun 30 Peter Miller, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jun 2 R. Norris Williams, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1914, 16) who survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic, dies of emphysema at 77
  • Jun 15 Sam Crawford, American MLB baseball pitcher, dies at 88
  • Jun 17 José Nasazzi, Uruguayan footballer (Uruguay national team captain for FIFA 1930), dies at 67
  • Jun 27 Norman Norton, cricketer (dismissed Hobbs in only Test for South Africa), dies at 87