June 1997 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jun 1 LA Dodger Wilton Guerrero's bat breaks, revealing it is corked
  • Jun 2 Albert Belle's Chicago White Sox tying 27-game hitting streak ends
  • Jun 7 129th Belmont: Chris McCarron aboard Touch Gold wins in 2:28.8

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 7 French Open Women's Tennis: Iva Majoli of Croatia wins her 1st and only career Grand Slam singles title; upsets world #1 Martina Hingis 6-4, 6-2

  • Jun 7 Stanley Cup Final, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI: Detroit Red Wings edge Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1 for a 4-0 series sweep; 8th title in Wings' franchise history and first since 1955

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 8 French Open Men's Tennis: Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil wins first of 3 French titles; beats Spaniard Sergi Bruguera 6-3, 6-4, 6-2

  • Jun 10 Kevin Brown of Florida Marlins no hits SF Giants 9-0
  • Jun 12 1st ever baseball regular season inter-league game SF Giants beat Texas Rangers 4-3
  • Jun 13 51st NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls beat Utah Jazz 4, games to 2

US Golf Open

Jun 15 US Open Men's Golf, Congressional CC: Ernie Els wins his second Open title, the second of his 4 major championships, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Colin Montgomerie

  • Jun 17 NHL announces it will add Nashville in 1998, Atlanta in 1999 & Minneapolis-St Paul & Columbus, Ohio in 2000

Sports History

Jun 21 NHL Draft: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) center Joe Thornton first pick by Boston Bruins

  • Jun 21 Women's National Basketball Association begins as NY Liberty beats LA Sparks
  • Jun 22 WLAF World Bowl 5, Olympic Stadium, Barcelona: Barcelona Dragons beat Rhein Fire, 38-24

Baseball Record

Jun 24 Despite an AL record 19-strikeout performance by Randy Johnson, A's first baseman Mark McGwire hits a massive 538 foot home run in Oakland's 4-1 defeat of Seattle Mariners

Sports History

Jun 25 NBA Draft: Wake Forest power forward Tim Duncan first pick by San Antonio Spurs

  • Jun 25 NHL approves franchises in Nashville, Atlanta, Columbus, and Minnesota-St Paul
  • Jun 29 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Olympia Fields CC: Graham Marsh of Australia wins by 1 stroke ahead of South African John Bland

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jun 20 Bálint Kopasz, Hungarian canoeist (Olympic gold men's K-1 1000m 2020; World C'ship gold 2019), born in Szeged, Hungary

Divorces in Sport

Divorce of Interest

Jun 24 Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry (30) divorces MLB outfielder David Justice (31) after more than 4 years of marriage

Deaths in Sport

  • Jun 2 Helen Jacobs, American tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles, US Open 1932-35), dies of heart failure at 88
  • Jun 3 John Holt, West Indian cricket batsman (17 Tests, 1066 runs at 36.75; 2 x 100s), dies at 73
  • Jun 20 John Akii-bua, Ugandan athlete (Olympic gold 400m hurdles 1972), dies at 49

Don HutsonDon Hutson (1913-1997)

Jun 26 American College, Pro Football Halls of Fame wide receiver (Green Bay Packers), dies at 84

  • Jun 30 Larry O'Day, Australian wrestler, dies of cancer at 53