On This Day

June 2021 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jun 3 Devon Conway becomes 7th batsman in cricket history to score a double century in his Test debut; run out for 200 for New Zealand in 1st Test against England at Lord's
  • Jun 5 153rd Belmont Stakes: 2-1 favourite Essential Quality wins with Luis Saez aboard
  • Jun 6 US Open Women's Golf, Olympic GC Lake Course: Yuka Saso of the Philippines sinks 10-foot birdie putt on 3rd playoff hole to edge Japan's Nasa Hataoka; becomes 2nd teenager to win the event
  • Jun 12 French Open Women's Tennis: Czech doubles specialist Barbora Krejčíková wins her first major singles title 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia
  • Jun 12 Danish star soccer midfielder Christian Eriksen suffers an on-field cardiac arrest during Euro 2020 game with Finland in Copenhagen; revived with a defibrillator; game controversially restarts with 1-0 Finland win

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

Jun 13 French Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković wins his 19th Grand Slam singles title; beats Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 14 Cristiano Ronaldo removes sponsors coke bottles from his press table at the European Championships, prompting the company share price to drop $4 billion

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Jun 20 US Open Men's Golf, Torrey Pines GC: Jon Rahm beats Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa by 1 stroke to become first Spaniard to win the event
  • Jun 21 New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is the first openly transgender athlete to be selected for the Olympics
  • Jun 21 Carl Nassib becomes the first openly gay player in the NFL in a post on Instagram
  • Jun 23 1st ICC World Test Championship final, Southampton: New Zealand dismisses India for meagre 170; completes tricky chase of 139 on 6th day to win inaugural cricket title
  • Jun 25 Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola ties Tom Seaver's 51-year old MLB league record of 10 consecutive strike outs, in 2-1 loss to the Mets in New York
  • Jun 26 Largest-ever pile up in the Tour de France caused by a spectator with a sign during Stage 1. Spectator later hunted down and arrested.
  • Jun 27 Women's PGA Championship, Atlanta AC: Nelly Korda beats fellow American Lizette Salas by 3 strokes to win her first major title
  • Jun 30 American Abhimanyu Mishra becomes the youngest chess grandmaster ever at 12 years and 4 months, surpassing Sergey Karjakin

Deaths in Sport

  • Jun 1 Vince Promuto, American football guard (Pro Bowl 1963, 64; Washington Redskins), dies of congestive heart failure at 82
  • Jun 1 Adnan Al Sharqi, Lebanese soccer manager (Lebanon 1974–76, 1987–93, 2006–08; Ansar 11 x league titles), dies from cancer at 79
  • Jun 2 Ottorino Sartor, Peruvian soccer goalkeeper (27 caps; Defensor Arica, CNI), dies at 75
  • Jun 2 Bill Scanlon, American tennis player (World #9 1984; 6 x ATP titles), dies from cancer at 64
  • Jun 7 Jim Fassel, American football coach (University of Utah 1985–89; New York Giants 1997-2003), dies from a heart attack at 71
  • Jun 7 John McDonnell, American track, cross country coach (University of Arkansas 1972–2008; 40 x NCAA C'ships; 8 x NCAA Triple Crown; 30 x NCAA coach of the year), dies at 82
  • Jun 7 Yoo Sang-chul, South Korean soccer midfielder (124 caps; 2002 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team; Ulsan Hyundai), dies from pancreatic cancer at 49
  • Jun 7 Tim Pickup, Australian rugby league five eighth (11 Tests; North Sydney, Canterbury), RL executive (Adelaide Rams) and boxing manager (Jeff Harding), dies from dementia at 72
  • Jun 8 John Angus, English soccer defender (1 cap; Burnley 439 games), dies at 82
  • Jun 10 Neno, Portuguese soccer goalkeeper (9 caps; Vitória de Guimarães, Benfica), dies from a heart attack at 59
  • Jun 12 Jim "Mudcat" Grant, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1963, 65; Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, and 5 other teams), singer, and writer (Black Aces), dies at 85 [1]
  • Jun 12 Anatoly Chukanov, Russian cyclist (Olympic gold Soviet Union team time trial 1976; UCI Road World C'ships gold 1977), dies at 67
  • Jun 12 Igor Zhelezovski, Belarusian speed skater (record 6 x World Sprint Champion; Olympic silver 1994; bronze 1988), dies from COVID-19 at 57
  • Jun 14 Markis Kido, Indonesian badminton player (Olympic gold men's doubles 2008 [with Hendra Setiawan]; World C'ships gold 2007; World Cup gold 2006), dies from a heart attack at 36
  • Jun 15 Jim Phelan, American college basketball coach (Mount Saint Mary's University 1954–2003), dies at 92
  • Jun 18 Giampiero Boniperti, Italian soccer striker (38 caps; Juventus 443 games), executive (chairman Juventus) and politician (deputy in European Parliament), dies from heart failure at 92
  • Jun 20 Luis del Sol, Spanish soccer midfielder (16 caps; Betis, Real Madrid, Juventus, Roma) and manager (Betis), dies at 86
  • Jun 21 Tom Kurvers, American ice hockey defenseman (Hobey Baker Award 1984; Stanley Cup 1986 Montreal Canadiens), dies from adenocarcinoma at 58
  • Jun 22 René Robert, Canadian ice hockey winger (NHL All Star 1972-73, 74-75; Buffalo Sabres 1st 100 point player 1974-75), dies after a heart attack at 72
  • Jun 23 Eldon Danenhauer, American football offensive tackle (AFL All Star 1962, 65; Denver Broncos 1960-65), dies at 85
  • Jun 24 Ludwig Müller, German soccer defender (6 caps; FC Nürnberg, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Hertha BSC), dies at 79
  • Jun 24 Eleazar Soria, Peruvian soccer defender (29 caps, Copa America 1975; Universitario, Independiente, Sporting Cristal), dies at 73
  • Jun 25 Marcos Ferrufino, Bolivian soccer defender (9 caps; Bolívar 252 games) and manager (San José, Real Potosí), dies from COVID-19 at 58
  • Jun 25 Jack Ingram, American auto racer (NASCAR Busch Series champion 1982, 85), dies at 84
  • Jun 26 Marcelo Campo, Argentine rugby union winger (20 Tests Argentina, 6 South America; Pueyrredón SC), dies from a heart attack at 63
  • Jun 28 Sergio Victor Palma, Argentine boxer (WBA Super Bantamweight champion 1980-82), dies from COVID-19 at 65
  • Jun 28 Jock Aird, Scottish soccer defender (4 caps Scotland, 2 New Zealand; Burnley), dies at 94
  • Jun 29 Yitzhak "Vicky" Peretz, Israeli soccer striker (40 caps; Maccabi Tel Aviv, Strasbourg, Rennes), dies at 68
  • Jun 29 Goolam Rajah, South African cricket administrator (manager RSA national team 1991-2011), dies from COVID-19 at 74
  • Jun 30 Inge Danielsson, Swedish soccer midfielder (17 caps; Ifö/Bromölla IF, Helsingborgs IF, AFC Ajax, IFK Norrköping), dies at 80
  • Jun 30 Janet Moreau Stone, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x100m relay 1952), dies at 93