On This Day

June 1981 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports History

Jun 5 Astro's Nolan Ryan passes Early Wynn as all-time walk leader (1,777)

  • Jun 6 113th Belmont: George Martens aboard Summing wins in 2:29

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 6 French Open Women's Tennis: Czech teenager Hana Mandlíková beats Sylvia Hanika of Germany 6-2, 6-4 for her only French singles crown

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 7 French Open Men's Tennis: Björn Borg of Sweden wins 11th and final career Grand Slam title; Open era record 6th French title; beats Ivan Lendl 6-1, 4-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1

  • Jun 8 Seattle Mariners draft Mike Moore #1

Sports History

Jun 10 Sebastian Coe of England sets 800m record (1:41.73) in Florence

  • Jun 11 Mariners beat Orioles 8-2 at Kingdome, then players go on strike
  • Jun 12 Baseball players begin a 50 day strike, their 3rd strike

LPGA Championship

Jun 14 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: Donna Caponi Young sinks 15 foot birdie putt on 18th to beat Jerilyn Britz and Pat Meyers by 1 stroke

  • Jun 18 Test cricket debut of Terry Alderman, v England at Trent Bridge
  • Jun 21 US Open Men's Golf, Merion GC: David Graham wins his second major title and becomes the first Australian to win the US Open, 3 strokes ahead of runners-up George Burns and Bill Rogers

Sports History

Jun 22 John McEnroe's famous 'You cannot be serious' rant in 1st round win over Tom Gullikson at Wimbledon

  • Jun 23 Longest game in Professional Baseball: Pawtucket Red Sox finally beat Rochester Red Wings 3-2 in 33 innings (game began 18th April)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jun 1 Carlos Zambrano, Venezuelan baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2004, 06, 08; NL wins leader 2006; no-hitter 2008), born in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela
  • Jun 2 Chin-hui Tsao, Taiwanese baseball player
  • Jun 2 Nikolay Davydenko, Russian professional tennis player, born in Sievierodonetsk, Ukrainian SSR
  • Jun 4 Giourkas Seitaridis, Greek footballer

Anna Kournikova

Jun 7 Anna Kournikova, Russian tennis player (Australian Open doubles 1999, 2002), born in Moscow, USSR

  • Jun 7 Kevin Kyle, Scottish soccer striker (Scotland 10 caps, Sunderland), born in Stranraer, Wigtownshire
  • Jun 8 Matteo Meneghello, Italian racing driver
  • Jun 10 Burton O'Brien, Scottish footballer
  • Jun 11 Emiliano Moretti, Italian footballer, born in Rome, Italy
  • Jun 15 Jeremy Reed, American baseball player
  • Jun 16 Miguel Villalta, Peruvian footballer
  • Jun 16 Benjamin Becker, German tennis player
  • Jun 16 Kevin Bieksa, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jun 17 Kyle Boller, American football quarterback
  • Jun 17 Shane Watson, Australian Test cricket all-rounder (2005-2015), born in Ipswich, Queensland
  • Jun 20 Ardian Gashi, Albanian-Norwegian footballer
  • Jun 21 Yann Danis, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jun 22 Lisa Moro, Victoria Australia, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • Jun 25 Simon Ammann, Swiss ski jumper, born in Grabs, Switzerland
  • Jun 29 Nicolás Vuyovich, Argentine racing driver, born in Orán, Province of Salta, Argentina (d. 2005)
  • Jun 29 Joe Johnson, American basketball player, born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Jun 30 Can Artam, Turkish racing driver, born in Istanbul, Turkey

Deaths in Sport

  • Jun 3 Eric Dalton, South African cricket batsman (15 Tests, top score 117), dies at 74
  • Jun 28 Terry Fox, Canadian one-legged distance runner (Marathon of Hope 1980), dies of cancer at 22