On This Day

June 1976 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jun 3 Test Cricket debut of Mike Brearley v West Indies (0 & 17)

Sports History

Jun 5 108th Belmont: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr., riding Bold Forbes wins his only Belmont classic

  • Jun 6 30th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Phoenix Suns, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 8 Houston Astros draft Floyd Bannister #1

Contract of Interest

Jun 8 Bobby Orr signs a five-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks

Golf Major

Jun 13 Canadian Open Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), Cedar Brae CC: Donna Caponi wins in a playoff with Judy Rankin

  • Jun 13 French Open Women's Tennis: Sue Barker of England claims her lone major singles title; beats Renáta Tomanová of Czechoslovakia 6-2, 0-6, 6-2
  • Jun 14 French Open Men's Tennis: Adriano Panatta of Italy beats American Harold Solomon 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 for his lone Grand Slam singles title
  • Jun 15 In a blockbuster MLB trade, NY Yankees send May, Martinez, Pagan, MacGregor & Demsey to Baltimore Orioles for Holtzman, Alexander, Grant Jackson, Elrod Henrick & Jim Freeman
  • Jun 15 Rain out! Astrodome cancels game heavy rains make it difficult for visiting team and umpires to get through flooded streets to the stadium
  • Jun 17 ABA (Nets, Pacers, Nuggets & Spurs) merges into NBA
  • Jun 18 St Louis Cards Lou Brock & Hector Cruz hit inside-the-park HRs

Sports History

Jun 18 Bowie Kuhn voids A's sales, totaling $35 million, of Joe Rudi & Rollie Fingers to Red Sox, & Vida Blue to Yankees

  • Jun 20 US Open Men's Golf, Atlanta AC: Tour rookie Jerry Pate wins his only major title, 2 strokes ahead of runners-up Al Geiberger and Tom Weiskopf
  • Jun 20 UEFA European Championship Final, Red Star Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia: Czechoslovakia upsets West Germany, 5-3 on penalties following 2-2 draw a.e.t
  • Jun 22 SD Padre pitcher Randy Jones ties record of 68 innings without a walk
  • Jun 25 Texas Ranger Toby Harrah is only shortstop not to handle a fielding chance in doubleheader
  • Jun 26 Washington Senators player Toby Harrah plays an entire doubleheader at shortstop without a single chance in the field

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jun 1 Marlon Devonish, MBE, English athlete (Olympic gold GB 4x100m relay 2004; World Indoor C'ship gold 200m 2003), born in Coventry, England
  • Jun 2 Elly Hutton, Australian 100m sprinter (Olympics 1996)
  • Jun 2 Josef Marha, Havl-brod Cze, NHL center (Colorado Avalanche)
  • Jun 2 Earl Boykins, American basketball player
  • Jun 3 Jamie McMurray, American NASCAR driver
  • Jun 6 Geoff Rowley, English skateboarder (co-owner Flip Skateboards; Thrasher Magazine "Skater of the Year" 2000), born in Liverpool, England
  • Jun 7 David Diaz, American light welterweight boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 8 Lindsay Davenport, American tennis player (3 Grand Slam titles, Olympic gold 1996), born in Palos Verdes, California
  • Jun 8 Kenji Johjima, Japanese baseball player
  • Jun 10 Freddy García, American baseball player
  • Jun 10 Stefan Postma, Dutch footballer
  • Jun 12 Thomas Sørensen, Danish football goalkeeper, born in Fredericia, Denmark
  • Jun 14 Massimo Oddo, Italian football player
  • Jun 16 Frank van Twillert, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • Jun 17 Sven Nys, Belgian mountainbiker & cyclo-crosser, born in Bonheiden, Belgium
  • Jun 19 Darnell Autry, running back (Chicago Bears)
  • Jun 19 Bryan Hughes, English footballer
  • Jun 20 Rob Mackowiak, American baseball player
  • Jun 20 Juliano Belletti, Brazilian footballer
  • Jun 21 Nigel Lappin, Australian Rules Football defender (Brisbane Lions premiers 2001-03), born in Corowa, New South Wales
  • Jun 23 Paola Suarez, Argentinian tennis star (1995 Futures-Buenos Aires), born in Pergamino, Argentina
  • Jun 23 Wade Barrett, American soccer player
  • Jun 23 Brandon Stokley, American football player
  • Jun 23 Patrick Vieira, French footballer
  • Jun 24 Tyce Routson, Bellevue Wash, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • Jun 25 José Cancela, Uruguayan footballer, born in Santa Lucía, Uruguay
  • Jun 26 Ed Jovanoski, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • Jun 26 Mpumelelo Mbangwa, Zimbabwean cricketer (Zimbabwe pace bowler v Pakistan 1996), born in Plumtree, Matabeleland
  • Jun 26 Chad Pennington, American football player (New York Jets), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Jun 27 Johnny Estrada, American baseball player, born in Hayward, California
  • Jun 28 Shinobu Asagoe, Japanese tennis player, born in Hyōgo, Japan
  • Jun 28 Seth Wescott, American snowboarder (Olympic gold 2006,10), born in Durham, North Carolina

Weddings in Sport

  • Jun 6 Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw (27) weds ice skater JoJo Starbuck (25) at Bel-Air Hotel in Los Angeles

Reba McEntire

Jun 21 Country singer Reba McEntire (21) weds national steer wrestling champion Charlie Battles (31); divorce in 1987


Deaths in Sport

  • Jun 11 Jim Konstanty, American MLB relief pitcher (MLB All Star 1950; NL MVP 1950; Philadelphia Phillies), dies at 59
  • Jun 15 Jimmy Dykes, American MLB infielder (MLB All Star 1933-34 Chicago WS; World Series 1929-30 Philadelphia A's) and manager (Chicago WS 1934-46), dies at 79
  • Jun 20 Lou Klein, American baseball infielder (St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia A's) and manager (Chicago Cubs), dies from a stroke at 57
  • Jun 23 Dehart Hubbard, American athlete (Olympic gold, long jump 1924; first African American to win individual event; WR 7.89m 1925), dies at 72
  • Jun 30 Firpo Marberry, American baseball player (Washington Senators), dies at 77