On This Day in Sport for June 11

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

Sport awardGolf Major

1919 23rd US Golf Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 301 at Brae Burn CC Massachusetts

Golfer Walter Hagen
Walter Hagen
  • 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 42nd US Golf Open: Ralph Guldahl shoots a 284 at Cherry Hills Denver
  • 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 43rd Men's French Championships: Don Budge beats Roderich Menzel (6-3, 6-2, 6-4)
  • 1938 43rd Women's French Championships: Simonne Mathieu beats Nelly Adamson (6-0, 6-3)

  • 1949 49th US Golf Open: Cary Middlecoff shoots a 286 at Medinah CC ILL
  • 1949 81st Belmont: Ted Atkinson aboard Capot wins in 2:30.2
  • 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American 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 18th LPGA Championship won by Kathy Ahern
  • 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 awardGolf Major

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: Björn Borg beats Guillermo Vilas 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

Sport awardTennis Open

1978 77th Women's French Open: Virginia Ruzici beats Mima Jausovec (6-2, 6-2)

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Virginia Ruzici
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Virginia Ruzici
Tennis Player and French Open Champion Mima Jausovec
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Mima Jausovec
  • 1979 French Open Men's Tennis: Björn Borg beats Victor Pecci 6-3, 6-1, 6-7, 6-4

Sport awardTennis Open

1979 78th Women's French Open: Chris Evert beats Wendy Turnbull (6-2, 6-0)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 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)
  • 1989 7th Seniors Players Golf Championship: Orville Moody wins by 2 shots from Charles Coody, first of 2 senior major titles

Sport awardTennis Open

1989 88th Men's French Open: Michael Chang beats Stefan Edberg (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

Sport awardTennis Open

1989 French Open Women's Tennis: Arantxa Sánchez Vicario beats Steffi Graf 7-6, 3-6, 7-5

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf

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
  • 1995 Julie Larsen wins Edina Realty LPGA Golf Classic

Sport awardTennis Open

1995 94th Men's French Open: Thomas Muster beats Michael Chang (7-5, 6-2, 6-4)

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 French Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf beats Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 7-5, 4-6, 6-0 with pivotal 32-point game in the third set
  • 1995 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 1
  • 2000 99th Men's French Open: Gustavo Kuerten beats Magnus Norman (6-2, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6)

Sport awardTennis Open

2000 99th Women's French Open: Mary Pierce beats Conchita Martinez (6-2, 7-5)

Tennis Player Mary Pierce
Tennis Player
Mary Pierce
  • 2005 137th Belmont: Jeremy Rose aboard Afleet Alex wins in 2:28.75

Sport awardGolf Major

2006 52nd LPGA Championship won by Se Ri Pak

LPGA Golfer Se Ri Pak
LPGA Golfer
Se Ri Pak
  • 2006 105th Men's French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer (1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6)
  • 2006 105th Women's French Open: Justine Henin-Hardenne beats Svetlana Kuznetsova (6-4, 6-4)
  • 2011 143rd Belmont: Jose Valdivia Jr aboard Ruler On Ice wins in 2:30.88
  • 2012 Stanley Cup: Los Angeles Kings defeat New Jersey Devils in 6 games

Sport awardTennis Open

2012 111th Men's French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Novak Đoković (6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5)

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković

Sport awardTennis Open

2012 French Open Women's Tennis: Maria Sharapova beats Sara Errani 6-3, 6-2

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • 2016 148th Belmont Stakes: Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard Creator wins in 2:28:51
  • 2017 French Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal beats Stan Wawrinka 6–2, 6–3, 6–1; becomes first man to win title 10 times
  • 2017 French Open Women's Tennis: Jeļena Ostapenko beats Simona Halep 4–6, 6–4, 6–3 to claim her 1st Grand Slam title
  • 2017 Stanley Cup: Pittsburgh Penguins defeat Nashville Predators, 2-0 in Nashville, 1st defending champions for nearly 20 years

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1879 Roger Bresnahan, American baseball player, born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1944)
  • 1903 Ernie Nevers, American College, Pro Football Hall of Fame fullback, coach (Stanford, Chicago Cardinals), born in Willow River, Minnesota (d. 1976)
  • 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 Pittman, British racehorse 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
  • 1957 Bruce Plummer, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 West Coast), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1958 Deborah Vidal, Ponce Puerto Rico, LPGA golfer (1994 Oldsmobile-19th)
  • 1962 Michael Kenny, WLAF offensive assistant (Scottish Claymores)
  • 1962 Erika Salumäe, Estonian cyclist, Olympian
  • 1963 Max Stevens, Millmeran QLD, Australian golfer
  • 1963 Tommy Barnhardt, NFL punter (Carolina Panthers, GB Packers, TB Bucs)
  • 1963 Bruce Kimball, American diver
  • 1964 Kim Gallagher, 800m runner (Olympic silver 1984), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1964 Jean Alesi, French Formula One driver
  • 1965 Anthony Painter, Milton NSW, Australian golfer
  • 1965 Joe Cain, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1966 Scott Mellanby, NHL right wing (Florida Panthers), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1966 Tiffany Cohen, swimmer (2 Olympic golds 1984), born in Culver City California
  • 1967 John Doherty, American NLB pitcher, born in the Bronx, New York
  • 1967 Mario Chitarroni, hockey forward (Team Italy 1998)
  • 1969 Johan Hansma, Dutch soccer player (SC Heerenveen), born in Marknesse, Netherlands
  • 1970 Brock Marion, NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1970 Roman Kontsek, hockey forward (Team Slovakia 1998)
  • 1970 William Selby, Monroeville MI, infielder (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1971 Dion Foxx, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1971 Duane Dmytryshyn, CFL receiver (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1972 Andrew Peterson, NFL tackle (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers)
  • 1972 Joe O'Brien, WLAF defensive tackle (Scottish Claymores)
  • 1973 Lance Johnstone, defensive end (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1973 Tony McKenzie, WLAF guard (London Monarchs)
  • 1974 Emilee Klein, LPGA golfer (1995 SAFECO Classic-2nd), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1974 Tatiana Ignatieva, Minsk Belarus, tennis star (1994 Futures-Sopot POL)
  • 1975 Thomas Bimis, Greek diver
  • 1976 Scott Guyton, Tokoroa NZ, cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1977 Geoff Ogilvy, Australian golfer
  • 1978 Joshua Jackson, American actor (Dawson's Creek, Fringe), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1980 Yhency Brazoban, Dominican born baseball player
  • 1981 Emiliano Moretti, Italian footballer
  • 1982 Joey Graham, American basketball player
  • 1982 Steven Graham, American basketball player
  • 1982 Diana Taurasi, American basketball player
  • 1983 José Reyes, Dominican baseball player
  • 1983 Chuck Hayes, American basketball player
  • 1984 Vagner Love, Brazilian footballer
  • 1984 Andy Lee, Irish Boxer

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding of Interest

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

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle

HeartWedding 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
  • 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