June 1979 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jun 1 33rd NBA Championship: Sea Supersonics beat Wash Bullets, 4 games to 1

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jun 3 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championship

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • Jun 9 111th Belmont: Ruben Hernandez aboard Coastal wins in 2:28.6
  • Jun 9 Phillies wear burgundy uniforms for 1st & last time

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 10 25th LPGA Championship won by Donna Caponi Young

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • Jun 10 Balt Orioles pull their 8th triple play (5-4-3 vs Cleve)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 11 78th Men's French Open: Bjorn Borg beats Victor Pecci (6-3, 6-1, 6-7, 6-4)

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Player Victor Pecci
Tennis Player
Victor Pecci

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 11 78th Women's French Open: Chris Evert beats Wendy Turnbull (6-2, 6-0)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 12 Tigers fire manager Les Moss, hiring Sparky Anderson

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson
  • Jun 14 Canada all out for 45 runs in Cricket World Cup v England, in 40.3 overs
  • Jun 14 NY Giants Willie McCovey 513th HR is an NL lefty record

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 16 Carl Yastrzemski hits his 1,000th extra base hit

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • Jun 17 79th US Golf Open: Hale Irwin shoots a 284 at Inverness Club in Toledo
  • Jun 17 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Golf Tournament
  • Jun 18 Sri Lanka beat India by 47 runs in Cricket World Cup upset
  • Jun 19 In NYC 36,211 show up to witness return of Billy Martin as manager of the New York Yankees

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 22 Larry Holmes TKOs Mike Weaver in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • Jun 23 West Indies beat England by 92 runs to win Cricket World Cup
  • Jun 24 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 24 Rickey Henderson debuts for Oakland & steals his 1st base

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 27 Heavyweight Muhammad Ali confirms that his 3rd retirement is final (it isn't)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jun 1 Santana Moss, American football player
  • Jun 4 Naohiro Takahara, Japanese footballer
  • Jun 4 Daniel Vickerman, Australian rugby union player
  • Jun 5 Fraser Watts, Scottish cricketer
  • Jun 5 Jason White, American NASCAR driver
  • Jun 7 Kevin Hofland, Dutch footballer
  • Jun 8 Pete Orr, Canadian baseball player
  • Jun 8 Luis Ernesto Michel, Mexican football player
  • Jun 10 Konstantinos Loumpoutis, Greek footballer
  • Jun 10 Jake Tsakalidis, Georgian-Greek basketball player
  • Jun 12 Dallas Clark, American football player
  • Jun 13 Nila Håkedal, Norwegian beach volleyball player
  • Jun 15 Yulia Nestsiarenka, Belarusian athlete
  • Jun 15 Charles Zwolsman Jr., Dutch racing driver
  • Jun 17 Cawey Schau, canoeist (alt-Olympics-96), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jun 17 Nick Rimando, American soccer player
  • Jun 19 Soni Meduna, gymnast (alt-Olympics-96), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Jun 19 John Duddy, Northern Irish boxer
  • Jun 19 Quentin Jammer, American football player
  • Jun 20 Sydne Vogel, figure skater (1996 NW Pac Sr champ), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Jun 20 Charles Howell III, Professional Golfer
  • Jun 20 Cael Sanderson, Olympic Wrestler
  • Jun 22 Joey Cheek, American speed skater
  • Jun 22 Thomas Voeckler, French road cyclist
  • Jun 22 Brad Hawpe, American baseball player
  • Jun 23 LaDainian Tomlinson, American football player
  • Jun 25 Richard Hughes, Scottish footballer
  • Jun 26 Ryo Fukuda, Japanese racing driver
  • Jun 26 Wálter Herrmann, Argentinian basketball player
  • Jun 26 Andy O'Brien, English footballer
  • Jun 28 Randy McMichael, American football player
  • Jun 28 Jimmy Spithill, Australian sailor (America's Cup winning helmsman 2010, 2013), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jun 29 Marleen Veldhuis, Dutch swimmer

Deaths in Sport

  • Jun 4 Edward Dawson, cricketer (England batsman in 5 Tests 1927-30), dies
  • Jun 9 Cyclone Taylor, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1884)
  • Jun 22 Louis Chiron, Monaco race car driver (b. 1899)
  • Jun 29 Ben Barnett, Australian cricketer (4 Tests for Australia 1938), dies at 71