On This Day

On This Day in Sport for June 1

Events in Sport

  • 1872 6th Belmont: James Roe aboard Joe Daniels wins in 2:58.25

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1899 English cricket icon W. G. Grace starts 22nd and final Test against Australia at Nottingham; Test debut of Wilfred Rhodes and Victor Trumper

Cricketer W. G. Grace
Cricketer
W. G. Grace
  • 1910 Sportclub Enschede soccer club forms in Enschede, Netherlands; merge with Enschedese Boys to form FC Twente in 1965
  • 1912 Dutch soccer club Stormvogels forms in Ijmuiden; merges with VSV to form Telstar in 1963
  • 1917 Hank Gowdy is 1st baseball player to enlist during WWI
  • 1918 Excelsior Maassluis soccer team forms in Maassluis
  • 1918 Chicago White Sox losing 5-4 against NY Yankees, load the bases in 9th with no outs; Chick Gandil lines to Frank Baker who turns a rare game winning triple play
  • 1920 Dutch soccer club RKSV forms in Volendam; merges with FC Volendam in 1977
  • 1923 New York Giants rout Philadelphia Phillies, 22-5 at the Baker Bowl; first time in 20th century a MLB team has scored in every inning

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1925 Future NY Yankees Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig pinch hits for shortstop Pee-Wee Wanninge in a 5-3 loss to Washington; first of record 2,130 consecutive games

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1930 Australian cricket master batsman Don Bradman cracks 191 in tour match v Hampshire at Southampton; Bradman smashes 26 fours in 240 minutes

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1930 French Championships Men's Tennis: Frenchman Henri Cochet wins 3rd of 4 French titles; beats American Bill Tilden 3-6, 8-6, 6-3, 6-1

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

1930 French Championships Women's Tennis: Helen Wills Moody wins her 3rd straight French title; beats fellow American Helen Jacobs 6-2, 6-1

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • 1936 French Championships Men's Tennis: Gottfried von Cramm of Germany wins his 2nd French title; beats Englishman Fred Perry 6-0, 2-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-0
  • 1936 French Championships Women's Tennis: German Hilde Sperling beats Simonne Mathieu of France 6-3, 6-4 for her second of 3 straight French titles
  • 1937 Chicago White Sox pitcher Bill Dietrich no-hits St Louis Browns, 8-0

  • 1939 First major boxing match on US television is the heavyweight bout from NY's Yankee Stadium between former world champion Max Baer and Lou Nova; Nova wins by TKO in 11th round
  • 1939 First night MLB game takes place at Philadelphia's Shribe Park; Phillies lose 5-2 to Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1946 78th Belmont Stakes: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:30.8; 7th horse to win the Triple Crown
  • 1952 French Championships Men's Tennis: England based Czech Jaroslav Drobný wins his 2nd straight French title; beats Frank Sedgman of Australia 6-2, 6-0, 3-6, 6-4
  • 1952 French Championships Women's Tennis: Doris Hart beats fellow American Shirley Fry 6-4, 6-4 for her 2nd French singles title
  • 1957 French Championships Men's Tennis: Sven Davidson becomes first Swede to win a Grand Slam title; beats American Herbert Flam 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
  • 1957 French Championships Women's Tennis: England's Shirley Bloomer wins her lone Grand Slam singles title; beats American Dorothy Knode 6-1, 6-3
  • 1965 Robert Manry begins his 78 day voyage to sail a 13.5-foot yacht "Tinkerbelle" across the Atlantic Ocean
  • 1968 100th Belmont: Gus Gustines aboard Stage Door Johnny wins in 2:27.2

Sport awardLPGA Championship

1975 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Pine Ridge GC: Kathy Whitworth wins her 3rd LPGA C'ship by 1 stroke from Sandra Haynie

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 California Angels pitcher Nolan Ryan records his record equalling 4th MLB career no-hitter in beating the Baltimore Orioles, 1-0

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1977 Dutch soccer club FC Volendam is established as a result of split up with RKSV; 6-time Eerste Divisie champions
  • 1978 Future England cricket captain David Gower makes his Test debut in 1st Test against Pakistan in Birmingham; England win by an innings and 57 runs
  • 1979 NBA Championship, Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland: Seattle Supersonics beat Washington Bullets, 97-93 for a 4-1 series victory; Seattle's first major pro sports championship win

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1982 Oakland A's left fielder Rickey Henderson steals 2 bases in 3-2 win over Boston Red Sox to become fastest to reach 50 stolen bases in a MLB season

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1984 Douglas H Mitchell, QC of Calgary becomes 6th CFL Commissioner
  • 1984 Russian super heavyweight weightlifter Alexander Gunyashev snatches world record 211 kg
  • 1985 West Indian cricket batsman Viv Richards scores 300 in a day on the way to 322 in a tour match against Warwickshire at Taunton; 42 fours and 8 sixes of 258 balls

Sport awardLPGA Championship

1986 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: Pat Bradley birdies final hole to win by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Patty Sheehan

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • 1992 Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Chicago Blackhawks, 6-5 for a 3-1 series win; 2nd consecutive title for Penguins
  • 2008 IPL Cricket Final, DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai: Rajasthan Royals win inaugural event; beat Chennai Super Kings by 3 wickets; Yusuf Pathan top scores with 56 (39)
  • 2012 Johan Santana throws first no-hitter in the New York Mets' 50-year MLB history when he beats the St. Louis Cardinals, 8 - 0
  • 2014 IPL Cricket Final, M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab by 3 wickets; Manish Pandey, 94 (50)
  • 2019 Mexican-American boxer Andy Ruiz Jr produces a huge upset when he stops English champion Anthony Joshua in 7 at Madison Square Garden; wins IBF, WBO, IBO and WBA world heavyweight titles
  • 2019 UEFA Champions League Final, Madrid: Liverpool beats Tottenham, 2-0 for Reds' 6th title

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1898 Curtis Stevens, American 2 man bobsled (Olympic gold 1932)
  • 1922 Lala Abdul Rashid, Pakistani field hockey goalkeeper (Olympic gold 1960), born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan (d. 1988)
  • 1930 Matt Poore, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (14 Tests 355 runs @ 15.43, 9 wickets), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1931 Walter Horak, Austrian soccer striker (13 caps; Wiener Sport Club, Sochaux), born in Marchegg, Austria (d. 2019)
  • 1932 Frank Cameron MBE, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (19 Tests; 62 wickets), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1933 Alan Ameche, American College Football Hall of Fame fullback (Heisman Trophy 1954, U of Wisconsin; Pro Bowl 1955–1958, NFL C'ship 1958, 59; Baltimore Colts), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin (d. 1988)
  • 1935 Jim George, American weightlifter (Olympic silver light heavyweight 1960; bronze 1956; WR snatch, clean & jerk 1956), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1941 Dean Chance, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1964, 67; Cy Young Award 1964; no-hitter 1967), born in Wooster, Ohio (d. 2015)
  • 1945 Brian Oldfield, American shot-putter (credited with making rotational technique popular), born in Elgin, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1948 Tom Sneva, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1983; USAC C'ship 1977, 78, 82-83), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1955 Lorraine Moller, New Zealand athlete (Olympic bronze marathon 1996; Boston Marathon 1984; Osaka Ladies Marathon 1986, 87, 89), born in Putaruru, New Zealand
  • 1959 Martin Brundle, British auto racer (World Sportscar C'ship 1988; 24 Hours of Le Mans 1990) and F1 television commentator (ITV, BBC), born in King's Lynn, England
  • 1961 John Huston, American golfer (US Masters 1990 3rd, 7 PGA Tour titles), born in Mt. Vernon, Illinois

Person of interestPaul Coffey

1961 Paul Coffey, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (Norris Trophy 1984–85, 1985–86, 1994–95; 14 x NHL All Star; Stanley Cup 1984, 85, 87-Edmonton, 1991-Pittsburgh), born in Weston, Ontario

NHL Star Paul Coffey
NHL Star
Paul Coffey
  • 1962 Sherri Howard, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x400m hurdles 1984), born in Sherman, Texas
  • 1966 Greg Schiano, American football coach (College: Rutgers; NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Wyckoff, New Jersey
  • 1968 Larry Centers, American NFL fullback (Pro Bowl 1995, 96, 2001; All-Pro 1996; Super Bowl 2003; Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, NE Patriots), born in Tyler, Texas
  • 1969 Ari Sulander, Finnish ice hockey goaltender (World C'ship gold 1995; Olympic bronze 1998), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1969 Erin Hartwell, American time trial cyclist (Olympic bronze/silver-92, 96), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Alexi Lalas, American soccer defender (96 caps; NE Revolution, LA Galaxy), born in Birmingham, Michigan
  • 1972 Leta Lindley, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship runner-up 1997), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1973 Frédérik Deburghgraeve, Belgian swimmer (Olympic gold 100m breaststroke 1996 WR 1:00.60), born in Roeselare, West Flanders, Belgium
  • 1973 Derek Lowe, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2000, 02; no-hitter 2002; Boston Red Sox), born in Dearborn, Michigan
  • 1974 Akis Zikos, Greek soccer midfielder (18 caps; Skoda Xanthi, AEK Athens, Monaco), born in Athens, Greece
  • 1979 Santana Moss, American NFL wide receiver / punt returner (Pro Bowl 2005; New York Jets, Washington Redskins), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1981 Carlos Zambrano, Venezuelan baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2004, 06, 08; NL wins leader 2006; no-hitter 2008), born in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela
  • 1982 Justine Henin, Belgian tennis player (7 x Grand Slam singles titles; Olympic gold 2004; WTA Tour C'ship 2006, 07; 43 x WTA singles titles), born in Liège, Belgium
  • 1984 Naidangiin Tüvshinbayar, Mongolian judoka (Olympic gold -100kg 2008; silver 2012; first Mongolian Olympic gold medallist), born in Saikhan sum, Bulgan Province, Mongolia
  • 1988 Javier Hernández, Mexican soccer striker (109 caps; Manchester United, Bayer Leverkusen, West Ham), born in Guadalajara, Mexico
  • 1990 Carlota Ciganda, Spanish golfer (US Open 2018 3rd; 2 LPGA Tour titles), born in Pamplona, Spain

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1989 Robin Givens & Mike Tyson granted final divorce in NJ

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

Deaths in Sport

  • 1960 Lester Patrick, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (6 x Stanley Cups as player, coach and manager), dies from a heart attack at 76

Person of interestCurly Lambeau

1965 Curly Lambeau, American Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback, coach (founder, first coach Green Bay Packers), dies of a heart attack at 67

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau
  • 1969 Ivar Ballangrud, Norwegian speed skater (Olympic gold 5,000m 1928; 500m, 5,000m 10,000m 1936), dies at 65
  • 1980 Rube Marquard, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (NL wins leader 1912; NL strikeout leader 1911; no-hitter 1915; NY Giants), dies at 93
  • 2002 Hansie Cronje, South African cricket batsman and captain (68 Tests, 3,714 runs, 43 wickets; 188 ODIs; life ban for match-fixing 2000), dies in a plane crash at 32
  • 2003 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

Person of interestGeorge Mikan

2005 George Mikan, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA All Star 1951-54; NBL MVP 1948; Minneapolis Lakers), dies of diabetes complications at 80

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan
  • 2007 Arn Shein, American sports writer (editor The Daily Item 1949-74), dies at 78
  • 2017 Roberto De Vicenzo, Argentine golfer (British Open 1967; US Masters 1968 runner-up), dies at 94
  • 2019 José Antonio Reyes, Spanish soccer left wing (Spain 21 caps; Sevilla, Atlético Madrid, Arsenal), dies in a car crash at 35