On This Day

June 1972 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

Jun 3 French Open Women's Tennis: American icon Billie Jean King wins her only French singles title; beats Evonne Goolagong of Australia 6-3, 6-3

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Jun 4 French Open Men's Tennis: Andrés Gimeno of Spain wins his only major singles title; beats Frenchman Patrick Proisy 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1
  • Jun 7 Pirate's Gene Alley bases-loaded walk, beats Padres 1-0 in 18th
  • Jun 8 Padres draft Dave Roberts #1, Indians draft Rick Manning #2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 8 Test Cricket debut of Tony Greig, v Australia at Old Trafford (57/62)

Cricketer and Commentator Tony Greig
Cricketer and Commentator
Tony Greig
  • Jun 10 104th Belmont: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:28

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 10 Hank Aaron's grandslammer (14) ties him for NL lead with Gil Hodges & moves him ahead of Willie Mays as #2 HR hitter (649)

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Jun 11 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Pleasant Valley CC: Kathy Ahern wins her only major title, by 6 strokes ahead of runner-up Jane Blalock

Sport awardUS Golf Open

Jun 18 US Open Men's Golf, Pebble Beach GL: Jack Nicklaus captures his 3rd Open title, 3 strokes ahead of Bruce Crampton of Australia

  • Jun 18 US Supreme Court, 5-3, confirms lower court rulings in Curt Flood case, upholding baseball's exemption from antitrust laws [1]
  • Jun 18 UEFA European Championship Final, Heysel Stadium, Brussels, Belgium: Gerd Müller scores a brace as West Germany beats Soviet Union, 3-0
  • Jun 23 US President Nixon signs act barring sex discrimination in college sports
  • Jun 23 Bernice Gera becomes first female umpire in US pro baseball, Geneva Senators and Auburn Twins in Geneva, New York
  • Jun 24 South African runner Danie Malan sets a new 1,000m world record 2:16.0 in Munich, Germany
  • Jun 26 Australian swing bowler Bob Massie takes 16 wickets (8-84 & 8-53) on Test cricket debut in 2nd Test vs England at Lord's

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jun 1 Mike Dunham, American ice hockey goaltender (Olympic silver 2002; NHL: Nashville Predators; NY Rangers) and GT Development coach (Boston Bruins, NY Islanders), born in Johnson City, New York
  • Jun 1 Leta Lindley, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship runner-up 1997), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Jun 2 Brad Ottis, tackle (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Jun 2 Dwayne Joseph, NFL cornerback (Chicago Bears)
  • Jun 3 Robert Kennedy, New Zealand cricket medium pace bowler (NZ 4 Tests), born in Dunedin, NZ
  • Jun 4 Derian Hatcher, American hockey defenseman (NHL All Star 1997, Dallas Stars), born in Sterling Heights, Michigan
  • Jun 6 Dulip Liyanage, Sri Lankan cricketer (right armed fast-medium Test bowler)
  • Jun 6 Erin Woodley, Canadian synchronized swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Mississauga, Ontario
  • Jun 6 Frankie King, NBA guard (LA Lakers)
  • Jun 6 Gary Downs, running back (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Jun 6 Jeff Williams, Australian baseball pitcher (Olympics 1996)
  • Jun 6 Marko Kiprusoff, Turku FIN, NHL defenseman (Team Finland, Montreal)
  • Jun 7 Jeff Burris, NFL cornerback/punt returner (Buffalo Bills)
  • Jun 8 David Sloan, NFL tight end (Detroit Lions)
  • Jun 8 Christian Mayrleb, Austrian footballer
  • Jun 9 Bryan Strang, cricket pace bowler (brother of Paul Zimbabwe 1995- )
  • Jun 9 Steven Salter, CFL offensive linebacker (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Jun 9 Wardell Rouse, NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Jun 10 C J Richardson, NFL safety (Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks)
  • Jun 10 David Dunn, NFL wide receiver (Cin Bengals)
  • Jun 11 Andrew Peterson, American NFL tackle (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers), born in Greenock, Scotland
  • Jun 12 Inger Miller, American 100m runner, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 12 Nathalie Baudone, Rocurt Belgium, tennis star (3rd round 1995 US Open)
  • Jun 12 Patrick van Diemen, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht, NEC), born in Woerden, Netherlands
  • Jun 13 Sale Isaia, American football guard (Baltimore Ravens), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Jun 14 Jeff Kysar, NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • Jun 14 Rick Brunson, NBA guard (Portland Trailblazers)
  • Jun 15 Andrew Pettitte, Baton Rouge LA, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • Jun 15 DeWayne Patterson, CFL defensive tackle (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Jun 15 Jean Francois Labbe, Sherbrooke, NHL goalie (Colorado Avalanche)
  • Jun 15 Justin Leonard, American golfer (British Open 1997; 12 PGA Tour titles), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jun 15 Lianne Bennion, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jun 15 Ramiro Mendoza, Los Santos Panama, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • Jun 15 Tony Clark, American infielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Newton, Kansas
  • Jun 16 Shawnelle Scott, NBA center (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Jun 17 Dirk-Jan Derksen, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC), born in Tiel, Netherlands
  • Jun 17 James McKnight, American NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks), born in Orlando, Florida
  • Jun 18 Otakar Vejvoda, Kladno CZE, hockey forward (Team Czech Rep)
  • Jun 19 Andre Strode, CFL defensive back (BC Lions)
  • Jun 19 Anna Van der Kamp, Abbotsford BC, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Jun 19 Millard Coleman, CFL receiver (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Jun 20 Jozef Stumpel, Nitra CZE, NHL forward (Team Slovakia, Boston)
  • Jun 20 Juan Castro, Sinaloa Mexico, infielder (LA Dodgers)
  • Jun 20 Martin Keino, Nyeri Kenya, 1.5k runner
  • Jun 20 Paras Mhambrey, Indian cricket pace bowler (Test v England 1996)
  • Jun 20 Paul Bako, American baseball player
  • Jun 21 Andrew Jordan, NFL tight end (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Jun 21 Billy Milner, NFL tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • Jun 21 Heath Rylance, CFL quarterback (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Jun 21 Tony Berti, NFL tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • Jun 23 Cory Schlesinger, American football fullback (Detroit Lions), born in Columbus, Nebraska
  • Jun 23 Larry Whigham, NFL safety (NE Patriots)
  • Jun 23 Roell Preston, NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons)

Person of interestZinedine Zidane

Jun 23 Zinédine Zidane, French soccer midfielder/Real Madrid manager (Champions League 2016-17-18, World Cup 1998), born in Marseille, France

Football Player and Manager Zinedine Zidane
Football Player and Manager
Zinedine Zidane
  • Jun 24 Mitch Berger, punter (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Jun 24 Shawn King, NFL defensive end (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers)
  • Jun 24 Robbie McEwen, Australian cyclist
  • Jun 25 Amy Wickus, American 800m/1500m runner
  • Jun 25 Carlos Delgado, Puerto Rican infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
  • Jun 26 Jai Taurima, Australian long jumper (Olympics 1996), born in Southport, Queensland
  • Jun 26 Jerris McPhail, American football running back (Miami Dolphins), born in Clinton, North Carolina
  • Jun 28 Arie van der Padt, Dutch soccer player (Tonegido, Sparta), born in Ridderkerk, Netherlands
  • Jun 28 Kelly Wiltshire, CFL defensive back (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Jun 28 Marvin Jones, American NFL linebacker (NY Jets), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jun 30 Dan Comiskey, CFL guard (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Jun 30 Garret Anderson, American baseball outfielder (California Angels), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 30 Tyrone Davis, American NFL tight end (NY Jets, Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Halifax, Virginia

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 26 NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas (39) weds second wife Sandra Lemon

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jun 26 NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas (39) divorces first wife Dorothy Hoelle after nearly 2 decades of marriage

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas

Deaths in Sport

  • Jun 25 Nat Fleischer, American boxing writer (established Ring Magazine), dies at 84