On This Day

On This Day in Sport for June 12

Events in Sport

  • 1875 9th Belmont: Bobby Swim aboard Calvin wins in 2:42.25
  • 1880 Worcester Ruby Legs pitcher Lee Richmond throws first perfect game in MLB history in 1-0 win over Cleveland Blues at the Agricultural County Fair Grounds, Worcester
  • 1894 British Open Men's Golf, Royal St George's GC: J.H. Taylor wins first Open played outside Scotland; beats Douglas Rolland by 5 strokes
  • 1896 England cricket spin bowler Jack Hearne sets record for earliest date taking 100 first-class wickets in a season when he captures 9-73 for the MCC in an innings & 18 run drubbing of Australia at Lord's
  • 1907 Yanks commit 11 errors & lose 14-6 to Tigers
  • 1910 Dutch soccer club PEC forms in Zwolle; renamed FC Zwolle in 1990 and back to PEC Zwolle in 2012
  • 1916 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Defending champion Molla Bjurstedt outclasses Louise Hammond Raymond 6-0, 6-1
  • 1919 US Open Men's Golf, Brae Burn CC: Walter Hagen defeats Mike Brady by 1 stroke in an 18-hole playoff to win his second and final US Open
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Birthdays in Sport

  • 1833 George Stevens, English jockey (record 5 Grand National wins), born in Cheltenham, England (d. 1871)
  • 1861 William Attewell, English cricket bowler (England in 10 Tests 1884-1891), born in Keyworth, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1927)
  • 1878 Myrtle McAteer, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1900), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1952)
  • 1905 Ray Barbuti, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 400m relay 1928), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1988)
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Weddings in Sport

  • 1999 Former Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller (22) weds lawyer and ophthalmologist Chris Phillips (26) at Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City
  • 2008 Footballer Wayne Rooney marries Coleen McLoughlin in Portofino, Italy
  • 2009 Tennis ace Boris Becker (41) weds model Sharlely Kerssenberg in St Moritz, Switzerland; separate in 2018

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Deaths in Sport

  • 1930 Dyce Willcocks, cricketer ("Grand Old Man" of Canadian cricket), dies
  • 1967 Bombardier Billy Wells [William Thomas Wells], English heavyweight boxer (Lionsdale Belt, 1911), dies at 79
  • 1990 Glen Gorbous, Canadian MLB outfielder (record for longest throw of a regulation baseball [445' 10"]), dies at 59
  • 1998 Éric Tabarly, French Navy officer and yachtsman, dies at 66
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