On This Day

June 1979 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jun 1 NBA Championship, Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland: Seattle Supersonics beat Washington Bullets, 97-93 for a 4-1 series victory; Seattle's first major pro sports championship win
  • Jun 9 111th Belmont: Ruben Hernandez aboard Coastal wins in 2:28.6
  • Jun 9 Phillies wear burgundy uniforms for 1st and last time

Sport awardLPGA Championship

Jun 10 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: Donna Caponi Young wins 3rd major; beats Jerilyn Britz by 3 strokes

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

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

Jun 10 French Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert dominates Wendy Turnbull of Australia 6-2, 6-0 for her 3rd French singles crown

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

Jun 11 French Open Men's Tennis: Björn Borg wins 2nd of 4 straight French titles and 6 overall; beats Victor Pecci of Paraguay 6-3, 6-1, 6-7, 6-4

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

Sports record brokenBaseball Event

Jun 12 Detroit Tigers fire manager Les Moss, hiring Sparky Anderson who stays until 1995; includes World Series title 1984 and AL Manager of the Year Award 1984 and 1987

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 14 NY Giants Willie McCovey 513th HR is an NL lefty record

Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Willie McCovey
Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Willie McCovey

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski

Sport awardUS Golf Open

Jun 17 US Open Men's Golf, Inverness Club: Hale Irwin wins his second Open title, 2 strokes ahead of former champions Jerry Pate and Gary Player

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 18 Billy Martin becomes Yankee manager (2nd time), replacing Bob Lemon

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • 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 23 Cricket World Cup, Lord's, London: Man of the match Vivian Richards scores 138 no as defending champions the West Indies beat England by 92 runs; Joel Garner 5/38

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
  • Jun 30 Davona Dale wins the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont to clinch American thoroughbred racing's Triple Tiara for fillies

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jun 1 Santana Moss, American NFL wide receiver / punt returner (Pro Bowl 2005; New York Jets, Washington Redskins), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jun 1 Ladislav Nagy, Slovak ice hockey left wing (World C'ship gold 2002; NHL: SL Blues, Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars, LA Kings), born in Šaca, Slovakia
  • Jun 4 Naohiro Takahara, Japanese footballer
  • Jun 4 Daniel Vickerman, Australian rugby union player
  • Jun 5 Jason White, American NASCAR driver, born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Jun 7 Kevin Hofland, Dutch footballer
  • Jun 7 Hilary Lunke, American golfer (US Open 2003), born in Edina, Minnesota
  • Jun 8 Pete Orr, Canadian baseball player
  • Jun 8 Luis Ernesto Michel, Mexican football player
  • Jun 12 Dallas Clark, American football tight end (Super Bowl 2006; Pro Bowl, First-team All-Pro 2009; Indianapolis Colts), born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Jun 13 Nila Håkedal, Norwegian beach volleyball player
  • Jun 15 Yulia Nestsiarenka, Belarusian athlete
  • Jun 15 Charles Zwolsman Jr., Dutch racing driver
  • Jun 17 Nick Rimando, American soccer player, born in Montclair, California
  • 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, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles, Rookie of the Year 2001), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • Jun 20 Cael Sanderson, Olympic Wrestler
  • Jun 22 Joey Cheek, American speed skater
  • Jun 22 Brad Hawpe, American baseball player
  • Jun 23 LaDainian Tomlinson, American football player
  • Jun 25 Richard Hughes, Scottish footballer (Bournemouth), born in Glasgow
  • Jun 26 Ryō Fukuda, Japanese racing driver, born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • Jun 26 Walter Herrmann, Argentinian basketball player (Olympic 2004 gold), born in Venado Tuerto, Santa Fe, Argentina
  • Jun 28 Randy McMichael, American NFL football player (Miami Dolphins), born in Griffin, Georgia
  • Jun 28 Jimmy Spithill, Australian sailor (America's Cup winning helmsman 2010, 2013), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jun 29 Andy O'Brien, Irish soccer defender (26 caps, Republic of Ireland; Newcastle United), born in Harrogate, England
  • Jun 29 Marleen Veldhuis, Dutch swimmer (Olympic gold 2008, silver 2012, bronze 2004, 12), born in Borne, Netherlands
  • Jun 29 Matthew Bode, Australian rules football player (Adelaide Football Club)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jun 4 Edward Dawson, cricketer (England batsman in 5 Tests 1927-30), dies
  • Jun 9 Cyclone Taylor, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame rover (Stanley Cup 1909 Ottawa, 1915 Vancouver), dies at 94
  • Jun 17 Duffy Lewis, American baseball left fielder (World Series 1912, 15, 16; Boston Red Sox), dies at 91
  • Jun 22 Louis Chiron, Monégasque racing driver, dies at 79
  • Jun 29 Ben Barnett, Australian cricketer (4 Tests for Australia 1938), dies at 71