On This Day in Sport for June 11

  • June

Events in Sport

  • 1898 23rd Preakness: Willie Simms riding Sly Fox wins in 1:49.75
  • 1903 British Open Golf, Prestwick GC: Harry Vardon wins his 4th Open title by 6 strokes from younger brother Tom Vardon
  • 1904 Cubs' Bob Wicker no-hits NY Giants, wins in 12th on 1 hitter, 1-0
  • 1907 George Dennett, aided by Gilbert Jessop, dismisses Northamptonshire for 12 runs, the lowest total in first-class cricket
  • 1909 British Open Golf, Royal Cinque Ports GC: Englishman J.H. Taylor wins Championship for a 4th time, 6 strokes ahead of runners-up Tom Ball and James Braid
  • 1911 Tigers trailing White Sox 13-1 come back to win 16-15
  • 1919 51st Belmont: J Loftus riding Sir Barton wins in 2:17.6 & Trip Crown
  • 1921 53rd Belmont: Earl Sande riding Grey Lag wins in 2:16.8
  • 1927 59th Belmont: Earl Sande riding Chance Shot wins in 2:32.6

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1927 Babe Ruth hits 19th and 20th of 60 HRs

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1938 US Open Men's Golf, Cherry Hills CC: Ralph Guldahl wins back-to-back Open titles, 6 strokes ahead of runner-up Dick Metz
  • 1938 Cincinnati Red Johnny Vander Meer no-hits Boston Braves, 3-0
  • 1938 Compton scores 1st Test Cricket ton (102 v Aust) aged 20 yrs 19 days
  • 1938 French Championships Men's Tennis: American Don Budge beats Roderich Menzel of Czechoslovakia 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 for the 2nd leg of his Grand Slam
  • 1938 43rd Women's French Championships: Simonne Mathieu beats Nelly Adamson (6-0, 6-3)

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1949 US Open Men's Golf, Medinah CC: Cary Middlecoff wins the first of his 2 Open titles, 1 stroke ahead of Clayton Heafner and Sam Snead

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead

  • 1949 81st Belmont: Ted Atkinson aboard Capot wins in 2:30.2

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1950 50th US Open Men's Golf, Merion GC: 16 months after being severely injured in an auto accident, Ben Hogan beats Lloyd Mangrum by 4 shots and George Fazio by 6 in an 18-hole playoff; the "Miracle at Merion"

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • 1953 Test Cricket debut of Alan Davidson at Trent Bridge
  • 1955 87th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Nashua wins in 2:29
  • 1955 Le Mans race car accident kills 83 spectators (race continues)

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1959 Charlie Sifford becomes the 1st African American to play in a US Golf Open

  • 1960 92nd Belmont: Bill Hartack aboard Celtic Ash wins in 2:29.2

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1961 Roger Maris hits 19th & 20th of 61 HRs

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 A. J. Foyt and Dan Gurney drive a Ford to victory in Le Mans

Racing Car Driver A. J. Foyt
Racing Car Driver
A. J. Foyt
  • 1967 Chicago Cubs (7) & NY Mets (4) tie record of 11 HRs in a game
  • 1972 LPGA Championship, Pleasant Valley CC: Kathy Ahern wins her only major title, by 6 strokes ahead of runner-up Jane Blalock
  • 1975 One-day international cricket debut of Javed Miandad aged 17 yrs 364 days
  • 1977 109th Belmont: Jean Cruguet riding Seattle Slew wins in 2:29.6

Sport awardLPGA Championship

1978 LPGA Championship, Jack Nicklaus GC: Nancy Lopez wins by 6 strokes from fellow American Amy Alcott

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez

Sport awardTennis Open

1978 French Open Men's Tennis: Sweden's Björn Borg wins his 3rd French title; beats Guillermo Vilas of Argentina 6-1, 6-1, 6-3

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • 1979 French Open Men's Tennis: Björn Borg wins 2nd of 4 straight French titles and 6 overall; beats Victor Pecci of Paraguay 6-3, 6-1, 6-7, 6-4
  • 1981 Mariners beat Orioles 8-2 at Kingdome, then players go on strike

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1982 Larry Holmes TKOs Gerry Cooney in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • 1983 115th Belmont: Laffit Pincay Jr aboard Caveat wins in 2:27.8
  • 1983 Cards outfielder Lonnie Smith checks into a drug rehab
  • 1983 Zhu Jianhua of China set a new world record in high jump at 7-9 14
  • 1988 120th Belmont: Eddie Delahoussaye aboard Risen Star wins in 2:26.6
  • 1988 25th Curtis Cup: British Isles, 11-7
  • 1988 Galina Chistyakova of USSR sets long jump woman's record (24"8½")
  • 1988 Yanks' Rick Rhoden becomes 1st pitcher to DH (0 for 1 with an RBI)

Sport awardTennis Open

1989 French Open Men's Tennis: American Michael Chang wins 1st and only career Grand Slam title; beats Stefan Edberg of Sweden 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Michael Chang
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Michael Chang

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Nolan Ryan pitches his 6th no-hitter beating Oakland, in 9th he retires Ken Phelps, Rickey Henderson & Willie Randolph (all ex Yanks)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
MLB Second Baseman and Manager Willie Randolph
MLB Second Baseman and Manager
Willie Randolph
  • 1992 Owners approve sale of Seattle Mariners to a Japanese group
  • 1992 Tracy Austin, 29, is youngest inductee of International Tennis Hall of Fame
  • 1992 US Olympic baseball team plays 1st exhibtion game, beat Venez 20-0
  • 1994 126th Belmont: Pat Day aboard Tabasco Cat wins in 2:26.8

Sport awardTennis Open

1995 French Open Men's Tennis: Thomas Muster of Austria beats American Michael Chang 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 for his lone major singles title

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Thomas Muster
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Thomas Muster
Tennis Player and French Open Champion Michael Chang
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Michael Chang
  • 1995 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 1
  • 2000 French Open Men's Tennis: Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil wins his second French title; beats Sweden's Magnus Norman 6-2, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6
  • 2005 137th Belmont: Jeremy Rose aboard Afleet Alex wins in 2:28.75

Sport awardLPGA Championship

2006 LPGA Championship, Bulle RockGC: Se Ri Pak wins her 3rd title in the event and 5th major; beats Australian Karrie Webb on first play-off hole

LPGA Golfer Se Ri Pak
LPGA Golfer
Se Ri Pak
  • 2006 French Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal of Spain wins his 2nd straight French title; beats Roger Federer 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6
  • 2011 143rd Belmont: Jose Valdivia Jr aboard Ruler On Ice wins in 2:30.88
  • 2012 Stanley Cup Final, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA : LA Kings defeat New Jersey Devils, 6-1 for 4-2 series win; first SC title in Kings' 45-year history

Sport awardTennis Open

2012 French Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal beats Novak Đoković 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5; 3rd straight French title for Nadal

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • 2016 148th Belmont Stakes: Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard Creator wins in 2:28:51
  • 2017 French Open Men's Tennis: Spaniard Rafael Nadal beats Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland 6–2, 6–3, 6–1; becomes first man to win French title 10 times
  • 2017 Stanley Cup Final, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN: Pittsburgh Penguins defeat Nashville Predators, 2-0 for 4-2 series win; Penguins back-to-back champions

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1879 Roger Bresnahan, American baseball player, born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1944)
  • 1911 Russ Hodges, American sportscaster (Wednesday Night Fights), born in Dayton, Tennessee (d. 1971)

Person of interestVince Lombardi

1913 Vince Lombardi, American football coach (Green Bay Packers), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1970)

NFL Coach Vince Lombardi
NFL Coach
Vince Lombardi
  • 1925 Richard White, New Zealand rugby union player (55 games as an All Black), born in Gisborne, New Zealand (d. 2012)
  • 1935 Fazal-ur-Rehman, Pakistani cricketer (played 1 Test Pakistan v WI 1958), born in Amritsar, India
  • 1935 Earlene Dennis Brown, American shot putter (Olympic bronze 1960), born in Latexo, Texas
  • 1939 Jackie Stewart, Scottish auto racer, analyst (27 Grand Prix wins, 3-time World F1 champion), born in Milton, Scotland
  • 1939 Rachel Heyhoe Flint, English cricket player and journalist, born in Wolverhampton (d. 2017)
  • 1942 Somachandra De Silva, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan leg-spinner 1982-84), born in Galle, Sri Lanka
  • 1943 Buster Mathis, American heavyweight boxer, born in Sledge, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1946 Jenny Pitman, British racehorse trainer and 1st female Grand National winning trainer, born in Hoby, Leicestershire
  • 1949 Tom Pryce, British racing driver, born in Ruthin, Denbighshire, Wales (d. 1977)
  • 1950 Pokey Watson, American 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1968), born in Mineola, New York
  • 1951 Collis King, West Indian cricketer (WI all-rounder late 70s), born in Christ Church, Barbados
  • 1951 Maren Seidler, American shot putter (Olympic 11th 1968), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1951 Mithra Wettimuny, Sri Lankan cricketer (brother of Sidath 2 Tests for SL v NZ 1983), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1954 Gary Fencik, American NFL defensive back (Chicago Bears), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1954 John Dyson, Australian cricketer (NSW & Australian opening batsman), born in Kogarah, Sydney, Australia
  • 1955 Yuriy Sedykh, Soviet hammer thrower (Olympic Gold 1976, 80), born in Novocherkassk, Rostov Oblast, Russia

Person of interestJoe Montana

1956 Joe Montana, NFL quarterback (San Francisco 49ers), born in New Eagle, Pennsylvania

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • 1962 Erika Salumäe, Estonian cyclist who won first Olympic gold medal for Estonia (1992), born in Pärnu, Estonia
  • 1963 Tommy Barnhardt, American NFL punter (Carolina Panthers, GB Packers, TB Bucs), born in China Grove, North Carolina
  • 1963 Bruce Kimball, American diver (Olympic silver 1984), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1964 Kim Gallagher, 800m runner (Olympic silver 1984), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1964 Jean Alesi, French Formula One driver, born in Avignon, Vaucluse, France
  • 1965 Joe Cain, American NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1966 Scott Mellanby, NHL right wing (Florida Panthers), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1966 Tiffany Cohen, American swimmer (2 Olympic golds 1984), born in Culver City, California
  • 1969 Johan Hansma, Dutch soccer player (SC Heerenveen), born in Marknesse, Netherlands
  • 1970 Brock Marion, American NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys), born in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • 1970 Bill Selby, American baseball infielder (Boston Red Sox), born in Monroeville, Alabama
  • 1971 Dion Foxx, American NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1971 Duane Dmytryshyn, CFL receiver (Toronto Argonauts), born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • 1972 Andrew Peterson, American NFL tackle (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers), born in Greenock, Scotland
  • 1973 Lance Johnstone, American football defensive end (Oakland Raiders), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1974 Emilee Klein, American golfer (3 LPGA Tour titles), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1974 Tatiana Ignatieva, Belarusian tennis star (1994 Futures-Sopot POL), born in Minsk, Soviet Union
  • 1975 Thomas Bimis, Greek diver (Olympic gold 2004), born in Athens, Greece
  • 1977 Geoff Ogilvy, Australian golfer (US Open 2006; 8 PGA Tour titles), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1978 Joshua Jackson, American actor (Dawson's Creek, Fringe), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1980 Yhency Brazobán, Dominican baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1981 Emiliano Moretti, Italian footballer, born in Rome, Italy
  • 1982 Joey Graham, American basketball player (Toronto Raptors), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1982 Stephen Graham, American basketball player, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1982 Diana Taurasi, American basketball player (Phoenix Mercury), born in Glendale, California
  • 1983 José Reyes, Dominican-American baseball player, born in Villa González, Santiago, Dominican Republic
  • 1983 Chuck Hayes, American basketball player, born in San Leandro, California
  • 1984 Vágner Love, Brazilian footballer, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1984 Andy Lee, Irish boxer, born in Bow, London, England

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1949 NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle (23) weds artist Jane Coupe

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle

LoveWedding of Interest

2005 NBA player Steve Nash (31) weds Alejandra Amarilla

Basketball Player Steve Nash
Basketball Player
Steve Nash

Deaths in Sport

  • 1927 William Attewell, English cricket bowler (England in 10 Tests 1884-1891), dies at 65
  • 1930 George Alexander, British cricketer (two early Tests for Australia), dies at 79
  • 1951 Montagu Odd, cricket bat-maker (W. G. Grace), dies
  • 1970 Camille Bombois, French circus wrestler/painter, dies at 87
  • 1976 Jim Konstanty, American MLB relief pitcher (NL MVP 1950), dies at 59
  • 1987 Ralph Guldahl, American golfer (US Masters 1939, US Open 1937-38), dies at 75
  • 1996 Alan Weeks, British sports commentator, dies at 72
  • 2006 Neroli Fairhall, New Zealand archer (b. 1944)
  • 2008 Ove Andersson, Swedish rally driver (b. 1938)
  • 2008 Miroslav Dvořák, Czechoslovak ice hockey player, dies at 56

Person of interestKurt Nielsen

2011 Kurt Nielsen, Danish tennis player, (2-time Wimbledon runner-up), dies at 80

Tennis Player Kurt Nielsen
Tennis Player
Kurt Nielsen
  • 2012 Teofilo Stevenson, Cuban Heavyweight boxer, dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 2013 Miller Barber, American golfer (11 PGA, 3 US Senior Open titles), dies from lymphoma at 82
  • 2016 Donald Carr, English cricketer and MCC official, dies at 89