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June 2003 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jun 7 135th Belmont: Jerry Bailey aboard Empire Maker wins in 2:28.26
  • Jun 7 French Open Women's Tennis: In an all-Belgian final, Justine Henin-Hardenne outclasses Kim Clijsters 6-0, 6-4 for her 1st of 7 Grand Slam singles titles
  • Jun 8 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: Sweden's Annika Sörenstam wins in a playoff over Grace Park of South Korea with a par on the first sudden death hole
  • Jun 8 French Open Men's Tennis: Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero claims his lone major title; beats Dutchman Martin Verkerk 6-1, 6-3, 6-2
  • Jun 9 Stanley Cup Final, Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, NJ: New Jersey Devils beat Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, 3-0 for 4-3 series win

Cricket's T20 is Born. Howzat!?Cricket's T20 is Born. Howzat!?

Jun 13 English county cricket teams play the 1st official Twenty20 matches

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Legendary cricketer WG Grace plays forward with his typical straight bat in 1878
Legendary cricketer WG Grace plays forward with his typical straight bat in 1878
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  • Jun 14 WLAF World Bowl 11, Hampden Park, Glasgow: Frankfurt Galaxy beats Rhein Fire, 35-16

Sport awardNBA Finals

Jun 15 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs beat New Jersey Nets, 88-77 in Game 6 for franchise's second title; MVP: Tim Duncan

NBA Power Forward Tim Duncan
NBA Power Forward
Tim Duncan
  • Jun 15 US Open Men's Golf, Olympia Fields CC: American Jim Furyk wins his only major title by 3 from Stephen Leaney of Australia

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jun 17 Moneyball, a book about the 2003 Oakland Athletics baseball team and GM Billy Beane's sabermetric approach, inspired by Bill James, is published

Baseball Writer and Statistician Bill James
Baseball Writer and Statistician
Bill James

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 23 Barry Bonds steals second base against the LA Dodgers, becoming the first player in MLB history to have 500 career homers and 500 steals

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 26 NBA Draft: St. Vincent–St. Mary HS (Akron, Ohio) small forward LeBron James first pick by Cleveland Cavaliers

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 29 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Inverness Club: Bruce Lietzke wins by 2 strokes from Tom Watson

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson

Deaths in Sport

  • Jun 1 Johnny Hopp, American baseball outfielder, first baseman (MLB All-Star 1946; World Series 1942, 44, 50, 51; St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 86
  • Jun 8 Leighton Rees, Welsh darts player (BDO World Champion 1978), dies at 63
  • Jun 18 Larry Doby, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (MLB All-Star 1949–55; World Series 1948; AL HR leader 1952, 54; 1st African-American in AL; Cleveland Indians), dies of cancer at 79
  • Jun 21 Roger Neilson, Canadian ice hockey coach (b. 1934)
  • Jun 23 Doug Ring, Australian cricketer (Australian leggie of the late 40's early 50's), dies at 84
  • Jun 26 Marc-Vivien Foé, Cameroon soccer midfielder (62 caps; collapsed during international match, died; Lens, West Ham, Lyon), dies of heart failure at 28
  • Jun 28 Wim Slijkhuis, Dutch athlete (b. 1923)