On This Day

June 1991 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jun 2 Seppo Raty of Finland improves his world javelin record to 318' 1"
  • Jun 3 MLB Draft: East Carteret HS pitcher Brien Taylor first pick by New York Yankees

Boxing Title Fight

Jun 3 Thomas Hearns captures WBA light heavyweight title

  • Jun 6 Test Cricket debut of Graeme Hick, v West Indies at Headingley
  • Jun 8 123rd Belmont: Jerry Bailey aboard Hansel wins in 2:28
  • Jun 8 Former NY Jet Mark Gastineau wins 1st pro boxing fight in 12 seconds
  • Jun 9 1st WLAF World Bowl, Wembley Stadium, London: London Monarchs beat Barcelona Dragons, 21-0

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 9 French Open Men's Tennis: Jim Courier wins first career Grand Slam title; beats fellow American Andre Agassi 3-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4

  • Jun 9 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Michigan: Jim Albus wins his only career major title by 3 strokes from New Zealander Bob Charles, Charles Coody and Dave Hill

NBA Finals

Jun 12 NBA Finals: Chicago Bulls beat LA Lakers, 108-101 in Game 5 for first of 3 straight titles; MVP: Michael Jordan in his first NBA Finals appearance

  • Jun 13 A spectator is killed by lightning at US Open Golf tournament
  • Jun 13 NHL owners present contract to players (leads to Apr 1, 1992 strike)
  • Jun 13 The National, 1st all-sports daily newspaper, ceases publication
  • Jun 16 Minnesota Twins win a team record 15 games in a row

US Golf Open

Jun 17 US Open Golf, Hazeline National GC: Payne Stewart wins a Monday playoff with 1987 champion Scott Simpson

  • Jun 18 SF Giant pitcher Dave Dravecky's cancerous left arm is amputated
  • Jun 18 Yankee pitchers pick-off 3 Toronto Blue Jays
  • Jun 19 NY Yankee Steve Howe records his 1st major league save since 1987

Hall of Fame

Jun 21 NY Islanders Denis Potvin and Mike Bossy are elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame

Sports History

Jun 22 NHL Draft: Oshawa Generals center Eric Lindros first pick by Quebec Nordiques

  • Jun 23 Mazda becomes 1st Japanese car to capture Le Mans 24 hour race
  • Jun 24 NHL adopts instant-replay and tenth of second clock in final minute

Sports History

Jun 25 Martina Navratilova wins record 100th singles match at Wimbledon, beating Elna Reinach of South Africa 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the 1st round

  • Jun 26 NBA Draft: UNLV power forward Larry Johnson first pick by Charlotte Hornets
  • Jun 29 With a world ranking of 591, Englishman Nick Brown upsets 10th-seeded (and 2001 champion) Goran Ivanišević 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 in the 2nd round at Wimbledon

LPGA Championship

Jun 30 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Bethesda CC: Meg Mallon wins her first major title by 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Pat Bradley and Ayako Okamoto


Birthdays in Sport

  • Jun 4 Ben Stokes, English cricket all-rounder (HS 258, BB 6/22; Durham CCC), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Jun 19 Pontus Ekhem, Swedish hockey player
  • Jun 24 Mutaz Essa Barshim, Qatari athlete (Olympic gold high jump 2020; World C'ship gold 2017, 19), born in Doha, Qatar
  • Jun 29 Kawhi Leonard, American basketball forward (NBA champion, Finals MVP 2014), born in Los Angeles, CA

Deaths in Sport

  • Jun 3 Thomas C. "Spunky" Lasorda, American artist and son of Los Angeles Dodgers manager, dies of pneumonia at 33
  • Jun 8 Mary Bacon, jockey, dying of cancer, commits suicide by gun at 43
  • Jun 15 Happy Chandler, American politician and Commissioner of Baseball (b. 1898)
  • Jun 28 Ernie McCormick, cricketer (12 Tests for Australia), dies