On This Day

June 1973 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

Jun 2 French Open Women's Tennis: Margaret Court of Australia beats American teenager Chris Evert 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 for her 5th and last French singles crown

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

Jun 3 French Open Men's Tennis: Ilie Năstase of Romania wins his second Grand Slam singles title, besting Croat player Niki Pilić of Yugoslavia, 6-3, 6-3, 6-0

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • Jun 7 Rangers draft Texas high school pitcher David Clyde #1
  • Jun 9 105th Belmont: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 2:24, becoming the 1st Triple Crown winner in 25 years

Sport awardLPGA Championship

Jun 10 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Pleasant Valley CC: 1964 champion Mary Mills wins by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Betty Burfeindt

LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills
  • Jun 12 New Zealand all-rounder Bevan Congdon scores 176 as Kiwis chase 479 in 1st Test v England at Nottingham; tourists just miss out, dismissed for 440
  • Jun 12 Yanks trade wife swapper Mike Kekich for Lowell Palmer
  • Jun 13 Garvey, Lopes, Cey & Russell play together for 1st time, set record of staying together as an infield for 8½ years (LA Dodgers)
  • Jun 17 Canadian Open Golf (La Canadienne), Montreal Municipal GC: Jocelyne Bourassa of Canada wins inaugural event in a playoff with Sandra Haynie & Judy Rankin
  • Jun 17 US Open Men's Golf, Oakmont CC: Johnny Miller fires a record final round 63 (-8) to win his first major championship, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up John Schlee
  • Jun 18 NCAA makes urine testing mandatory for participants

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 19 Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) and Willie Davis (LA Dodgers) both record 2,000th MLB career hit; Rose, a single in 4-0 win vs SF Giants; Davis, a HR in 3-0 win vs Atlanta Braves

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
Baseball Player Willie Davis
Baseball Player
Willie Davis
  • Jun 20 Chicago's Cy Acosta is 1st AL pitcher to bat since DH rule (strikeout)
  • Jun 20 SF Giants Bobby Bonds sets NL record with 22 lead off HRs
  • Jun 23 Phillies Ken Brett 4th consecutive game HR in which he pitched

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jun 28 Black Sports Hall of Fame forms: Paul Robeson, Elgin Baylor, Jesse Owens, Jim Brown, Wilma Rudolph, Joe Louis and Althea Gibson elected

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor
NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jun 1 Frédérik Deburghgraeve, Belgian swimmer (Olympic gold 100m breaststroke 1996 WR 1:00.60), born in Roeselare, West Flanders, Belgium
  • Jun 1 Derek Lowe, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2000, 02; no-hitter 2002; Boston Red Sox), born in Dearborn, Michigan
  • Jun 2 Jayantha Silva, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test left-arm spinner 1995)
  • Jun 3 Charles Emanuel, American NFL safety (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Indiantown, Florida
  • Jun 3 Sargis Sargsian, Yerevan Armenia, tennis star (1995 NCAA)
  • Jun 4 Antonio Anderson, defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jun 4 Corey Walker, running back (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jun 4 Doug Colman, linebacker (NY Giants)
  • Jun 4 Sir Mawn Wilson, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Jun 5 Brady Smith, American NFL defensive end (New Orleans Saints), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • Jun 5 Sean Moran, American NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills), born in Aurora, Colorado
  • Jun 5 Lamon Brewster, American boxer (WBO heavyweight title 2004-2006), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jun 5 Gella Vandecaveye, Belgian judoka, born in Kortrijk, Belgium
  • Jun 6 Ashfaq Ahmed, cricketer (Pakistan pace bowler 1993-)
  • Jun 6 Jamie Wilson, tackle (Carolina Panthers)
  • Jun 6 Jon Hesse, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Jun 6 Olindo Mare, kicker (Miami Dolphins)
  • Jun 7 Napoleon Kaufman, NFL running back (Oakland Raiders)
  • Jun 7 Robert Barr, NFL tackle (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Jun 8 Bryant Reeves, NBA center (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • Jun 8 Michael Sheldon, NFL offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills)
  • Jun 9 Chris Villarrial, American football player (Chicago Bears) and coach, born in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 9 Grant Marshall, Canadian NHL right wing (Dallas Stars), born in Mississauga, Ontario
  • Jun 9 Orlondo Steinauer, American CFL cornerback (Hamilton Tiger Cats) and coach, born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jun 9 Tedy Bruschi, American linebacker (New England Patriots), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jun 10 Brandon Sanders, safety (NY Giants)
  • Jun 10 Carl Kidd, NFL defensive back (Oakland Raiders)
  • Jun 10 Wade Miller, CFL linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Jun 10 Pokey Reese, American baseball player
  • Jun 12 Hanna Riikka Nieminen, Finnish ice hockey right wing (2 Olympics bronze 1998, 2018), born in Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Jun 12 Jason Caffey, American NBA forward (Chicago Bulls), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Jun 12 Rick Plum, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC, MVV), born in Kerkrade, Netherlands
  • Jun 12 Takis Fyssas, Greek footballer, born in Athens, Greece
  • Jun 13 Ines Gorrochategui, Cordoba Arg, tennis star (1991 Futures-Brindisi)
  • Jun 13 Kano Hills, tackle (New Orleans Saints)
  • Jun 13 Sam Adams, NFL defensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Jun 14 Daniel Marsh, cricketer (son of Rod South Aust slow lefty since 1993)
  • Jun 14 Sam Shade, NFL strong safety (Cin Bengals)
  • Jun 14 Sami Kapanen, Vantaa Fin, NHL left wing (Whalers, Carolina, Olympic bronze 1998)
  • Jun 14 Stepfret Williams, wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jun 15 Dean McAmmond, Canadian NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers), born in Grand Cache, Alberta
  • Jun 15 Matt Stevens, safety (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jun 15 Tore André Flo, Norwegian footballer
  • Jun 16 Shannon Myers, CFL receiver (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Jun 16 Nikos Machlas, Greek footballer
  • Jun 17 Leander Paes, Indian tennis player, born in Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  • Jun 18 Tracy Noonan, American soccer goalkeeper (Olympics 1996), born in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Jun 18 Alexandros Papadimitriou, Greek hammer thrower
  • Jun 19 Arne van de Berg, soccer player (Willem II)
  • Jun 19 Jahine Arnold, wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Jun 19 Yasuhiko Yabuta, Japanese baseball player
  • Jun 21 Alyson Annan, Australian field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Jun 21 Merlakia Jones, American WNBA player (Cleveland Rockers), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Jun 21 Frank Vogel, American basketball head coach (LA Lakers 2019, Indiana Pacers 2011-16; Orlando Magic 2016-18), born in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey
  • Jun 22 Benjamin Fairbrother, CFL offensive tackle (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Jun 22 Cory Alexander, NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs)
  • Jun 23 Mark Larsen, Danish gallop jockey
  • Jun 24 Jere Lehtinen, Espoo Fin, NHL right wing (Dallas Stars, Olympic bronze 1998)
  • Jun 24 Michael Cheever, American NFL corner (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Newnan, Georgia
  • Jun 24 Karen Stupples, English golfer (Women's British Open 2004), born in Dover, Kent
  • Jun 25 Milan Hnilicka, Czech hockey goaltender (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998), born in Litoměřice, Czechoslovakia
  • Jun 25 Rene Corbet, Canadian NHL left wing (Colorado Avalanche), born in Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
  • Jun 25 Whitney Post, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Wayland, Massachusetts
  • Jun 25 Jamie Redknapp, English footballer and sports columnist, born in Barton on Sea, England
  • Jun 26 Reggie Brown, NFL fullback (Seattle Seahawks), born in Highland Park, Michigan
  • Jun 27 Heath Irwin, American football guard (New England Patriots), born in Boulder, Colorado
  • Jun 27 Jennifer Brundage, American softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Orange, California
  • Jun 28 Alberto Berastegui, Spanish tennis player, born in Bilbao, Spain
  • Jun 28 Brian Maisonneuve, American soccer midfielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jun 28 Adrian Annus, Hungarian athlete, born in Szeged, Hungary
  • Jun 29 George Hincapie, American road cyclist (Olympics-76th-92, 96), born in Queens, New York
  • Jun 30 Chan Ho Park, South Korean pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Kong Ju City, Korea
  • Jun 30 Dodda Ganesh, Indian cricketer and pace bowler (Karnataka & India), born in Bengaluru, India

Deaths in Sport

  • Jun 21 Frank Leahy, American football coach (Notre Dame), dies at 64
  • Jun 30 Elmer Layden, College Football Hall of Fame fullback (Notre Dame legendary 4-horsemen, 1st NFL Commissioner), dies at 70